COSTA MESA -- After leading the Orange Coast College baseball team to the State Final Four, sophomore outfielder Chris Carlson was named the California Community College Player of the Year, as voted on by the Baseball Coaches Association at last weekend's state meeting.
Carlson, the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, finished the 2012 season with a .421 batting average (fourth-best in the state), seven home runs (sixth-best in the state) and 43 RBI (eighth-best in the state), leading the Pirates to a 36-7-1 record, an Orange Empire Conference title (first outright title since 1987) and a fourth-place finish in the state.
It is the third time in four years that a player from OCC has won this award (Brett Wallach in 2009 and Matt Moynihan in 2011).
In addition to the Player of the Year award, the New Mexico State-bound Carlson was also named the state's Big Stick Award winner for his standout play at the plate. He finished with 61 hits, 37 runs 22 extra-base hits and just 10 strikeouts in 145 at-bats.
Four other Pirates earned First-Team, All-State honors -- pitchers Keegan Yuhl and Brandon Brennan and outfielders Boog Powell and Bijan Rademacher.
Yuhl, the OEC Pitcher of the Year, finished 2012 with an 11-2 record and a 2.08 ERA. In 95 innings pitched, the New Mexico State-bound righty gave up just 22 earned runs and struck out a team-best 76 batters.
Brennan, headed for the University of Houston in the fall, wrapped up the season with an 11-1 record and an incredible 1.25 ERA. He struck out 72 and allowed just 18 earned runs over 108 1/3 innings of work.
Powell was a mainstay atop the Pirates' lineup. The speedy freshman centerfielder finished with a .398 batting average with a team-best 76 hits, 49 runs scored and 25 RBI.
Rademacher, set to attend Oral Roberts University in the fall, finished with a .349 batting average with seven home runs, 51 hits and 31 runs scored. His 49 RBI led the team and was third-best in the entire state.
Shortstop Joel Licon was a Second-Team, All-State selection for the Pirates. The Liberty University-bound sophomore batted .310 with 45 hits, 43 runs scored, eight doubles, four home runs and 31 RBI.
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