Vasquez, Rutherford lead Friars on All-District team

Gabe Vasquez
Gabe Vasquez

The Bishop Lynch baseball team made another trip to the postseason in 2017 and placed a pair of Friars on the All-District 1st Team, voted on by the district coaches.

Senior pitcher Joey Rutherford and junior first baseman Gabe Vasquez made the first team, freshman Westin Walls was picked for the second team and honorable mention was earned by senior Marc De La Valdene.

Vasquez led the Friars in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.388), slugging percentage (.621), hits (40), doubles (8), triples (5), home runs (2) and runs batted in (27). The junior slugger also struck out just eight times in 103 official at-bats.

Rutherford was the Friars' go-to pitcher, posting a team-best 6-2 record with a 3.45 earned run average, 46 strikeouts, 37 earned runs and only 14 walks in 56.2 innings of work.

Walls tossed 23 innings for Bishop Lynch, striking out 20. De La Valdene was third in hits (27), second in RBIs (21) and scored a team-high 28 times.

The Friars finished the season with a 14-20-1 record and swept rival Nolan Catholic to clinch a playoff berth. Bishop Lynch was swept in the first round by Antonian.

 

TAPPS Division I District I — 2017 All-District Baseball

 

Most Valuable Player: Josh Esclamado, Trinity Christian

 

Offensive Player of the Year: Kason Howell, Liberty Christian

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Firestone, Nolan Catholic

 

Newcomer of the Year: Nyk Yaquab, John Paul II

 

Pitcher of the Year: Blake Marsh, Trinity Christian

 

Coach of the Year: Don English, Trinity Christian

 

FIRST TEAM

Gabe Vasquez, Junior

Joey Rutherford, Senior

 

SECOND TEAM

Westin Walls, Freshman

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Marc De La Valdene, Senior