FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Junior Lucas Stone headlined a group of five Loggers to earn mention on the All-Northwest Conference baseball teams, the conference announced on Monday. Stone earned First Team honors, while Matt Robinson, Christian Carter, and Connor Savage joined him on the Second Team.
"Its great to have some of our players recognized as being among the best in the Northwest Conference," commented head coach Brian Billings. "It is a testament to their hard work and positive attitudes over the last year."
Stone had a career year to boost him to his first career postseason honors. He was honored as the only utility player on the First Team after starting in right field all year, while also making 16 relief appearances on the mound. His First Team selection made Stone the first Logger to earn the distinction since 2010. He led the squad this year with a .356 batting average, including an even better .358 average in conference games. He also smacked 15 doubles to lead the team and drove in 16 runs.
While on the mound, Stone has limited opponents to just a .240 batting average this year. His 1.82 ERA in conference games ranked fourth in the NWC. He threw 41 innings in relief this season with a 4-2 record and four saves, which ranked third in the conference.
Robinson earned Second Team honors for the third time in his career after one of the strongest seasons in his four years as a Logger. The right-handed pitcher from Lafayette, Calif., ended the year with a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts, including a 2.60 ERA in conference games. He struck out 72 batters this year and threw a career-high 88.1 innings. All three shutouts for the Loggers this year came on Robinson's starts. He tossed at least seven innings in all three of those games.
Robinson finished the year with a 6-7 record to win the 20th game of his career. He finished his career ranked third in wins and fourth in strikeouts in Logger baseball history.
Junior Christian Carter and sophomore Connor Savage earned their first career postseason honors with a spot on the All-NWC Second Team. Carter hit .286 in conference play and led the Loggers with a pair of homers. He had a team-leading three homers on the year and ranked second with 18 RBIs. Carter also did not commit an error this year while splitting time between first base and catcher.
Savage hit .350 in conference games and .317 throughout the year to rank second on the team. He hit one homer on the year and 13 of his 17 RBIs came in NWC games. His one homer came in dramatic fashion, as it was a grand slam that ultimately led to the Loggers upset of Linfield, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time. Savage also was 8-for-12 in stolen base attempts to lead the team.
Nate Aguiar also finished his career with his third Honorable Mention. He has earned Honorable Mention in each of his three years as a starting pitcher. This season he posted a 3-1 record in eight starts in NWC games. He was 4-3 overall with a 4.03 ERA.
The Loggers concluded their season on Saturday with Aguiar capturing his fourth win. They ended the season 17-23 and 11-13 in conference play.