Davis, Miller Lead 2016 Baseball All-Conference Selections
In addition to being the GNAC Player of the Year, Northwest Nazarene's Tyler Davis is one of 40 semifinalists for the D2 Baseball News Tino Martinez Award.
In addition to being the GNAC Player of the Year, Northwest Nazarene's Tyler Davis is one of 40 semifinalists for the D2 Baseball News Tino Martinez Award.
Western Oregon's Brady Miller compiled a 9-2 record and a 3.27 earned run average of his way to becoming GNAC Pitcher of the Year.
Western Oregon's Brady Miller compiled a 9-2 record and a 3.27 earned run average of his way to becoming GNAC Pitcher of the Year.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two of the top players involved in one of the closest races ever for the three spots in the GNAC Championships are among the top honorees on the 2016 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball All-Conference Team.

Crusaders’ second baseman Tyler Davis was selected as the conference’s Player of the Year nearly unanimously, earning all but one first place vote in the balloting. Western Oregon’s Brady Miller also received all but one first place vote to be named the league’s Pitcher of the Year.

Davis provided consistency for the Crusaders near the top of the batting order and was the league’s top power hitter. Through 48 games, Davis has compiled a .328 batting average with 60 hits. He ranks fourth in the GNAC with 40 RBI and 42 runs scored. His 14 home runs not only leads the league, but ranks 37th among Division II players. Davis went 2 for 3 with two home runs in a win over Azusa Pacific on Feb. 19. He also put together a two home run performance against Montana State Billings on Mar. 11 as he went 2 for 4 with three runs and four RBI.

Last week, Davis was selected as one of 40 semifinalists for the D2 Baseball News’ Tino Martinez Award, honoring the top Division II baseball player in the country.

Miller led a cadre of pitchers that helped Western Oregon make a late run into the GNAC Championships. The sophomore finished the regular season with a league-leading nine wins and a 3.27 earned run average. In 12 appearances and 74.1 innings, Miller allowed 39 runs, 27 earned, and struck out 82. Miller started the season with eight straight wins in his first nine appearances (one no decision), including a two-hit performance over eight innings with nine strikeouts against Concordia on Mar. 5.

Northwest Nazarene head coach Rocke Musgraves was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year after he led the Crusaders to a share of its first GNAC championship in his third season in Nampa. The Crusaders went 28-20 in the regular season and 23-15 in conference play under Musgraves. Northwest Nazarene landed three players on the first team, including Davis, catcher Drew Helmstadter and outfielder Ryan Johnson.

Western Oregon’s Trevor Podratz was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year. A transfer from the Univ. of Hawaii, Podratz finshed the regular season third in the GNAC with a .381 average, which included 61 hits, 37 RBI, 15 doubles and five home runs. Podratz had 15 multi-hit games and broke out in the opener against Central Washington on May 6, going 4 for 6 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and six RBI.

Saint Martin’s pitcher Mickey Walker received the league’s Freshman of the Year award. Walker led the Saint Martin’s pitching staff with three wins and a 4.56 earned run average in 11 starts, allowing 44 runs, 38 earned, and striking out 59 in 75 innings. His best outing of the year came against Montana State Billings on Apr. 3 where he allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven in a 1-0 complete-game loss.

Central Washington led the first team with five selections: pitcher CJ Gettman, first baseman Jake Levin, second baseman Ryan Atkinson, shortstop Jon Dailey and outfielder Reid Martinez. Western Oregon landed four first team selections. Joining Miller and Podratz are starting pitcher Darrien Moran and outfielder Cody Sullivan. Montana State Billings finished with three first team selections: pitcher Cody Cooper, third baseman Kyle Durbin and outfielder Luke Reinschmidt. Pitcher Austin Hadley was Concordia’s lone first team selection in their first year in the GNAC. Of the 16 first team players, 14 were unanimous selections (coaches could not vote for their own players).

The 2016 GNAC Baseball All-Conference Team features 13 repeat selections. Reinschmidt earned first team selection for the third consecutive year while Helmstadter was named to his third all-conference team and received his second first team selection.

Player of the Year: Tyler Davis, Northwest Nazarene    
Coach of the Year: Rocke Musgraves, Northwest Nazarene    
Pitcher of the Year: Brady Miller, Western Oregon    
Freshman of the Year: Mickey Walker, Saint Martin’s    
Newcomer of the Year: Trevor Podratz, Western Oregon    
FIRST TEAM          
Name School Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
* Cody Cooper Montana State Billings P 6-4 Jr. Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman)
* CJ Gettman Central Washington P 6-5 Jr. Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee Valley CC)
Austin Hadley Concordia P 6-0 Sr. Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen)
*# Brady Miller Western Oregon P 6-2 So. Gilbert, Ariz. (Campo Verde)
*# Darrien Moran Western Oregon P 6-0 Sr. Federal Way, Wash. (Pierce CC)
*+! Drew Helmstadter Northwest Nazarene C 6-0 Jr. Palm Desert, Calif.
(Desert Christian Academy)
* Jake Levin Central Washington 1B 6-5 Sr. Redmond, Wash. (Chapman Univ.)
*+ Tyler Davis Northwest Nazarene 2B 6-0 Sr. Orinda, Calif. (Chabot CC)
* Ryan Atkinson Central Washington 2B 5-9 Sr. North Bend, Wash. (Columbia Basin CC)
# Jon Dailey Central Washington SS 6-3 Sr. Sherwood, Ore. (Big Bend CC)
* Kyle Durbin Montana State Billings 3B 6-1 Sr. Idaho Falls, Idaho (Coll. Of Eastern Utah)
* Trevor Podratz Western Oregon DH 5-11 Sr. Temecula, Calif. (Univ. of Hawaii)
*+$ Luke Reinschmidt Montana State Billings OF 5-11 Sr. Billings, Mont. (Wayland Baptist Univ.)
*Ryan Johnson Northwest Nazarene OF 6-1 Sr. Boise, Idaho (Treasure Valley CC)
*Reid Martinez Central Washington OF 6-0 Sr. Seattle, Wash. (Yakima Valley CC)
*# Cody Sullivan Western Oregon OF 6-0 Sr. Port Angeles, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC)
SECOND TEAM          
Name School Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
*@ Colton Loomis Northwest Nazarene P 6-0 Sr. Cashmere, Wash. (CC of Spokane)
# Garret Alvarez Western Oregon P 6-2 Sr. Salem, Ore. (Chemeketa CC)
Adam Cox Montana State Billings P 6-3 So. Encino, Calif. (Taft)
* Brandon Oliver Western Oregon C 6-1 Sr. Corona, Calif. (Cuesta Coll.)
+& Nathan Etheridge Western Oregon 1B 6-5 Sr. Grants Pass, Ore. (Grants Pass)
Colter Sternhagen Montana State Billings 2B 6-0 Sr. Helena, Mont. (South Mountain CC)
* Tucker Campbell Northwest Nazarene SS 6-1 Sr. Tigard, Ore. (Lane CC)
* Kyle Vanderkin Western Oregon 3B 5-11 Sr. Forest Frove, Ore. (Gonzaga Univ.)
* Adam Cox Montana State Billings DH 6-3 So. Encino, Calif. (Taft)
*+ Darren Honeysett Central Washington OF 6-0 Sr. Port Coquitlam, B.C.
(Monterey Peninsula Coll.)
*Gerhett Moser Concordia OF 6-1 Jr. Portland, Ore. (Chemeketa CC)
Cole Crosby Concordia OF 5-9 So. Las Vegas, Nev. (Sierra Vista)
Name School Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Justin Adams Central Washington P 6-4 Jr. Boring, Ore. (Chemeketa CC)
@ Ben Dunbar Central Washington C 5-10 Sr. Lantzville, B.C. (Vernon Coll.)
Dylan Freyre Central Washington 3B 5-10 Jr. Saugus, Calif. (Coll. Of the Canyons)
Mackenzie Gaul Central Washington P 6-0 So. Winlock, Wash. (Univ. of Washington)
Tanner Romo Central Washington OF 5-10 Sr. Port Orchard, Wash. (Everett CC)
Kyle Stahl Central Washington UT 5-9 Jr. Huntington Beach, Calif. (Golden West Coll.)
+ Corey Morris Montana State Billings SS 5-9 Sr. Richland, Wash. (Walla Walla CC)
Ross Clevenger Northwest Nazarene P 6-0 So. Eagle, Idaho (Bishop Kelly)
Ryan Nyborg Northwest Nazarene P 6-2 Jr. Vale, Ore. (Treasure Valley CC)
Adam Eskil Saint Martin’s DH 6-0 So. Walla Walla, Wash. (DeSales)
Austin Feist Saint Martin’s OF 6-2 Fr. Burns, Ore. (Burns)
Alec Hagerman Saint Martin’s OF 5-11 Jr. Peoria, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge)
Jake Huskey Saint Martin’s UT 5-10 Sr. Temecula, Calif. (Temecula)
Mickey Walker Saint Martin’s P 5-10 Fr. Keizer, Wash. (St. John Bosco)
Jay Leverett Western Oregon 2B 5-9 So. Gold Bar, Wash. (Skagit Valley CC)
Erik Long Western Oregon SS 5-10 Jr. Veneta, Ore. (Lane CC)
* - Unanimous Selection    
+ - First Team Selection In 2015  
# - Second Team Selection In 2015    
@ - Honorable Mention in 2015
$ - First Team Selection in 2014  
& - Second Team Selection in 2014  
! - Honorable Mention in 2014