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Jensen named MVP; 10 Vaqueros make All-WSC

Freshman third baseman John Jensen led the WSC North in batting (.380) and on-base percentage (.459). (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Freshman third baseman John Jensen led the WSC North in batting (.380) and on-base percentage (.459). (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

SBCC reaped the rewards from a championship season on Tuesday as 10 Vaqueros were named to the All-WSC North baseball team.

John Jensen was selected as Player of the Division and Jeff Walker was named co-Coach of the Division with Ventura's Don Adams. Walker Armstrong of Hancock was the Pitcher of the Division.

     2017 All-WSC North Team

It was the third Coach of the Year honor for Walker, who has a 142-96 record and three WSC championships in six seasons.

Jensen, a freshman third baseman from Santa Barbara High, led the conference in hitting (.380) and on-base percentage (.459). In 20 WSC games, he ranked second in slugging percentage (.535) and stolen bases (10).

Jensen hit .346 for the season with four homers and 20 RBIs. He had a 12-game hit streak late in the year and is batting .404 in his last 15 games.

Five Vaqueros made first-team All-WSC – Jensen, sophomore catcher Andrew Schatz, shortstop Wesley Ghan-Gibson, freshman outfielder Reinhard Lautz and sophomore pitcher Kyle Wade.

Schatz batted .314 with three HRs and 11 RBIs. He topped the conference in slugging percentage (.588). Lautz hit .305 with a conference-best 13 stolen bases. He only struck out six times in 82 at-bats. Ghan-Gibson, a sophomore from San Marcos High, hit .242 and was fourth in the WSC North with six doubles.

Wade went 3-2 in seven conference starts with a 2.80 ERA and 36 strikeouts.

Cleanup hitter Tyler Rosen, a 6-2 sophomore outfielder from Palos Verdes, made the second team. He was second in conference RBIs with 15. He leads the Vaqueros with six homers and 30 RBIs for the season.

Jake Holton, a first baseman/pitcher, made honorable mention at utility. Pitchers Elliott Reece and Connor Brewster were also honorable mention.

Lautz and Joseph Hamilton were Gold Glove winners in the outfield. Hamilton had no errors on 44 chances and made some spectacular running catches in center field. He was the WSC Gold Glove winner for all outfielders with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Lautz had just one error in 50 chances in right field for a .980 percentage.

The Vaqueros went 23-16 overall and won their fourth WSC North title in the last seven years with a 13-7 record. They're seeded No. 6 for the Southern Cal Regional and will host a best-of-3 series with No. 11 Cypress, starting Friday at 2 p.m.

Tickets for CCCAA postseason events are $12 for general admission and $8 for faculty, staff, students, seniors (60 and over), and children (12 and under). There are also all-tournament passes available at the entrance.

Peter Gherson will do the play-by-play for the games on Live Stream, starting 10 minutes before each game. You can also check the SBCC baseball website and SBCC's Athletic Twitter for in-game updates.