Briefs: Carlson State player of the Year

Orange Coast sophomore, also conference player of the year, takes top honor in the state.

May 22, 2012

Orange Coast College sophomore Chris Carlson tops a list of five players named to the All-State team as State Player of the Year as voted upon by the state's baseball coaches.

Carlson, the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, hit .421 with seven home runs, 43 runs batted in, 37 runs and 11 stolen bases to help the Pirates (36-7-1) win their first outright Orange Empire crown since 1987 and reach the four-team state championship tournament.

In addition to being named the state's top player, Carlson won the Big Stick award presented to the state's top hitter. He is bound for New Mexico State University.


Sophomore pitcher Keegan Yuhl, freshman pitcher Brandon Brennan, sophomore outfielder Bijan Rademacher and freshman outfielder Boog Powell were also first-team all-state performers for the Pirates.

Sophomore shortstop Joel Licon was named second-team all-state.

Yuhl, the OEC Pitcher of the Year who has also committed to New Mexico State, was 11-2 with two saves and a 2.08 earned-run average. He struck out 76 in 95 innings.

Brennan, who began his career at the University of Oregon and has committed to the University of Houston, was 11-1 with a 1.25 ERA. He struck out 72 in 1081/3 innings and allowed two earned runs in three postseason starts, spanning 26 innings.

Rademacher, a Cal State Fullerton bounce-back, hit .349 with seven homers, 49 RBIs, 31 runs and nine steals. He also became the Pirates' closer late in the season, recording four saves and allowing just one earned run in eight innings, while striking out 10. Rademacher has committed to Oral Roberts University.

Powell, who hit leadoff all season, led the team with 76 hits and finished with a .398 average. He scored 49 runs, drove in 25 and stole eight bases, while adding exceptional defense in center field.

Licon, who began his collegiate career at Loyola Marymount and has committed to Liberty University, hit .310 with four home runs, 31 RBIs, 37 runs and 61 hits for Coach John Altobelli.

Carlson is the third OCC player in four years to be named the state's top player. Brett Wallach earned the honor in 2009 and Matt Moynihan was recognized in 2011.

Andrew Morales, who went 12-1 for Rio Hondo, was the State Pitcher of the Year.

Mario Porto of Moorpark was named Coach of the Year.

— From staff reports


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