The Coast Valley League announced its awards for the 2016 season, with Broncos senior catcher Lane Sutherland receiving the Most Valuable Player award.
Other Broncos named to the All-CVL first team are Edgar Nunez, Riley Kennedy and Chase Volz. On the second team: Will Stephenson and Jack MacKinnon. Auggie Johnson was given honorable mention.
Coach Brian Machado also presented team awards for the season, naming Sutherland as the MVP for the 2016 Bronco season. Chase Volz, a sophomore, received the Coach’s Award, and Edgar Nunez, also a sophomore, was given the Most Improved award.
Sutherland led the Broncos with a .455 batting average, 30 hits, 23 runs scored, seven doubles and a home run. He also led the team in on-base percentage (.507), slugging percentage (.606) and stolen bases (16).
Volz was 6-3 on the mound, and ended up with a stingy 1.12 earned-run average. He struck out 47 batters in 56 innings, walked only 17, and opposing hitters had a .203 average facing him.
Nunez tied Stephenson for the team lead in runs batted in (13) and hit .265. On defense, Nunez played third base and second base, committed a single error in 31 chances.
Machado said he is looking forward to welcoming back his returning juniors (Johnson, MacKinnon); his returning sophomores (Volz, Stephenson, Nunez, Nic Robertson and Kennedy); and his returning freshmen (David May, Cameron Castle and Magnus Marthaler) next season.
The coach said he expects the team’s future will be bolstered with the addition of five talented middle school baseball players coming in as freshmen in 2017: Spencer Magnuson, Emany Plasencia, Nate Markham, Braiden Beauchene and David Amodei.
Special to The Cambrian.