Wolfpack senior pitcher Brad Wegman was selected as the Southwestern League’s Most Valuable Player for 2014. Wegman led Great Oak to this year’s Southwestern League Championship title over some tough competition.
Maxpreps announced last month that the Southwestern League, comprised of Great Oak, Vista Murrieta, Temecula Valley, Murrieta Valley, Chaparral and Murrieta Mesa was the toughest league in the Nation.
The USC bound senior right-hander was the “go-to” pitcher when the Wolfpack needed a clutch performance. He had a 10-3 record with a 1.71 ERA and a save. Wegman struck out 45, gave up only 14 walks and pitched a league-high 77 1/3 innings.
Joining Wegman on the All Southwestern League first team are senior first baseman Eli Lingos, junior shortstop Mitch Hayes and sophomore pitcher Zack Noll,. Knoll was the league’s strike out leader with 55.Senior catcher Chandler Wagoner and sophomore outfielder Brandon Stewart were named to the Second Team All League.
The Broncos also had four players selected tot the First Team All Southwestern League. Seniors Coltin Gerhart and J.T. McLellan are joined by juniors Hunter Tidwell and Angel Ortiz. Gerhart led the team with 5 home runs and 25 RBI’s and McLellan hit .329 with 4 homers. Junior Brandon Nelson made the Second Team.
After a slow start in league play, Vista Murrieta roared back in the second half and ended up tied with Temecula Valley for second place with a 9-6 record.
The CIF SS Division 2 Champion Golden Bears have two seniors, Kyle Plantier and AJ Sawyer chosen to the All First Team. Plantier led the league in RBIs and Sawyer was clutch in Temecula Valley’s run for the CIF Championship. Junior shortstop and lead off hitter David Maldonado led the league in runs scored and was selected for All League Second Team honors. Joining him is senior pitcher Brandon Koch who was 9-1 this season and won the final game of the year against Aliso Niguel.
Seniors Kevin Padlo and Ben Mora will represent the Nighthawks on the First Team. Padlo, a third baseman was recently selected by the Rockies in the MLB Draft. Mora was Murrieta Valley’s man on the mound and was 5-2 with a ERA of 1.24. Senior first baseman James Schmidt was named to the All League Second Team.
Puma senior outfielder Justin Toerner led the league in hitting with a.458 average and was selected for First Team honors. Chaparral also has three juniors, catcher Gavin Johns, shortstop Brhet Bewley, and pitcher-first baseman Marc Sauceda on the All League Second Team.
Murrieta Mesa junior pitcher Christian Stiegele and catcher Andy Thomas were selected to the All League Second Team. Thomas hit .375 and led the Rams with 30 RBIs and Stiegele was 4-3 with 28 strikeouts.
2014 All Southwestern League Baseball Team
- FIRST TEAM
Eli Lingos – Great Oak
Mitch Hayes – Great Oak
Zack Noll – Great Oak
Coltin Gerhart – Vista Murrieta
Hunter Tidwell – Vista Murrieta
J.T. McLellan – Vista Murrieta
Angel Ortiz – Vista Murrieta
Kyle Plantier – Temecula Valley
AJ Sawyer – Temecula Valley
Kevin Padlo – Murrieta Valley
Ben Mora – Murrieta Valley
Justin Toerner – Chaparral
- SECOND TEAM
Chandler Wagone – Great Oak
Brandon Stewart – Great Oak
Brandon Nelson – Vista Murrieta
Brandon Koch – Temecula Valley
David Maldonado – Temecula Valley
Cody Martin – Murrieta Valley
James Schmidt – Murrieta Valley
Gavin Johns – Chaparral
Brhet Bewley – Chaparral
Marc Sauceda – Chaparral
Christian Stiegele – Murrieta Mesa
Andy Thomas, C, Murrieta Mesa (sophomore)