Rob Dittrick Named To West Coast League All-Star Team
The incoming senior baseball pitcher ends his summer with All-West Coast League First Team honors and was the only Division III player so honored
FOREST GROVE – Coming out of Pacific's 2012 baseball conference championship season, pitcher Rob Dittrick (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii) was signed to a 10-day contract with the West Coast League's Corvallis Knights.
By season's end, Dittrick became one of not only the Knight's most relied upon hurlers, but one of the best in the league as he was selected by the circuit's coaches to the All-West Coast League Team. He was the only Division III player selected to the team in a league full of Division I athletes with draft potential.
“Rob turned in one of the best pitching performances for a season in team history,” said Corvallis Knights president Dan Segel. “Not only did he earn a spot on the team, but he earned both All-Star and All-WCL honors. We are very proud of Rob. He truly sowed that he belonged and that he can pitch at the highest collegiate level. No one was as consistent as Rob this summer.”
Dittrick led the West Coast League with a 1.10 earned run average. In 10 appearances and four starts, Dittrick compiled a 4-1 record over 49 innings, allowing eight runs on 31 hits and 29 strikeouts during the regular season. In the WCL playoffs, Dittrick earned the win in the Knights' West Divisional Series clinching 3-0 victory over Cowlitz.
Earlier in the season, Dittrick was selected to the West Coast League All-Star Game by fan vote and proceeded to throw one shutout inning in the contest.
Pacific Head Coach Greg Bradley said he was quite proud of Rob's choice to play summer baseball and the ability he showed. “Rob had an unbelievable summer season,” Bradley said. “To start the season with only a 10-day contract and to finish the season as a first team all-star is a great accomplishment. He was the only Division III player named to the first team, which is a credit to him and his hard work.”
Dittrick's summer accomplishments followed up another spectacular Pacific season where he earned First Team All-Northwest Conference honors for the second consecutive season. He finished the year with an 8-2 record and 2.87 earned run average. He led the NWC and was ranked 18th among NCAA Division III pitchers in wins, and ranked second in the NWC and 43rd in Division III with five complete games.
Pacific's ace for the second straight season, Dittrick won seven straight games during the conference schedule. In 75.1 innings, Dittrick allowed 28 runs on 67 hits, struck out 54 batters and allowed just 11 walks while compiling a .242 opponent's batting average.
ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE: Founded in 2005, the West Coast League is a summer wood bat league open to college-eligible student-athletes. The league is dedicated to accelerating prospect development, increasing player exposure and bettering its member communities. The league currently has nine teams in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information, visit www.wccbl.com.
ABOUT THE CORVALLIS KNIGHTS: Founded in 1990 by brothers Dan & Joe Segel, the Corvallis Knights ranks as the premiere wood-bat team in the state. The 2011 West Coast League champions, the Knights won the 2004 National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series when the team was based in Aloha. The nickname “Knights” is a nod to team sponsor Penny Knight, the wife of Nike founder Phil Knight. For more information, visit www.corvallisknights.com.
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