Marti, Lonergan earn NAIA West all-conference selections

Simpson University Sports News


PORTLAND, Ore. - The College of Idaho’s Izaac Garsez and Lewis-Clark State’s Michael Noteware have been named the NAIA West 2012 Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, the league office announced on Friday, May 4. Lewis-Clark State Head Coach Gary Picone, meanwhile, was named the Coach of the Year.

Garsez took the top offensive honor for the second year in a row, the first time a player has done so in more than a decade. Garsez earned the distinction after taking the NAIA West batting title this season with a .409 average from the plate. Garsez also led the league in a number of other categories, including slugging percentage (.712), OPS (1.201), runs scored (68), hits (81), triples (12) and total bases (141).

His 12 triples set a new school-record at The College of Idaho, and put him No. 1 on the career list at the school. In addition, Garsez’s offense led The College of Idaho to the No. 1 seed in the NAIA West tournament and a 36-16 record in the regular season.

The postseason honor also follows Garsez’s selection to the 2012 Preseason NAIA All-America team as well his selection as an honorable mention NAIA All-America in 2011. He was also an All-NAIA West selection in 2010 and 2011.

Noteware, meanwhile, led the NAIA West with a 1.73 ERA and nine wins in his first season at Lewis-Clark State. Noteware also led the region in runs allowed (17) and earned runs allowed (14), while finishing in the top 10 in batting average against (.229), strikeouts (59), hits allowed (60), walks allowed (10), triples allowed (0) and home runs allowed (1). Overall, base runners were at a premium against Noteware, who finished the season with a WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) of just 0.963.

Finally, Picone was named the NAIA West Coach of the Year in his second season at the helm of the LC State Warriors. Picone led the Warriors to a 25-6 record in the NAIA West this season, while never losing a conference series along the way. In addition, the Warriors led the NAIA West in batting average (.322), slugging percentage (.473) and on base percentage (.408) offensively, while also leading the region in ERA (3.08), batting average against (.229) and strikeouts (388).

Joining Garsez and Noteware on the 2012 All-NAIA West team at catcher were Jarel Lewis from The College of Idaho and Ben Talbot from Concordia. Lewis led the league with 20 doubles this season, while Talbot led the region with 21 throw outs and finished second in pickoffs with four.

Meanwhile, joining them as infielders were Andrew Firth from British Columbia, Marc Gallegos from Corban, Tanner Hodges from The College of Idaho, Trent Brides and Alfonso Casillas from Lewis-Clark State and Angel Marti from Simpson University. Gallegos led the league with 32 stolen bases this season, while Hodges, Bridges and Casillas all finished in the top 10 of the region in batting average. Casillas also led the region with 10 home runs this season and finished second to Hodges in runs batted in. In addition, Marti finished in the top 10 of the league in runs scored and walks, while Firth finished eighth in the region with 112 assists.

Rounding out the All-West team on the offensive side were Steven Blum and Colby Sokol from Corban and Collin Forgey from Menlo in the outfield and Braxton Miller as a designated hitter. Blum finished second in the region to Garsez in slugging percentage at .662, while all four players finished in the top five in home runs. Miller led the group with nine round-trippers, with Blum one behind at eight and Sokol and Forgey tied for fourth with seven.

On the pitching side of things, David Otterman from British Columbia, Taylor Nicholson from The College of Idaho and Anthony Armanino from Lewis-Clark State joined Noteware as starting pitchers on the All-West team, while Joey Webb from Menlo made the team as a relief pitcher. Armanino, Webb and Nicholson finished second, third and fourth in the region, respectively, in ERA, while Otterman finished second in the region in batting average against at .197.

The NAIA West also announced its nine-member Gold-Glove Team on Saturday, May 5, after voting from the nine NAIA West head coaches.

Menlo led all teams with three selections to the Gold-Glove team in second baseman C.J. Dailey, left fielder Collin Forgey and catcher Ty Finley. Dailey led the NAIA West with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage this season, having not committed an error in 207 chances. Dailey also finished tied for fourth in the NAIA West after turning 30 double plays during the regular season.

Jordan Payne of LC State also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage this season, and made the Gold-Glove team along with teammate Connor Moore. Payne made the team at center field, while Moore made the team at right.

Pitcher Chad Yeggy and third baseman Jeffrey Harris, meanwhile, made the team from The College of Idaho. Like Dailey and Finley, Yeggy also finished with a perfect fielding percentage to go along with 22 assists and four putouts.

Finally, Corban’s Marc Gallegos and Simpson’s Graig Lonergan rounded out the team at shortstop and first base, respectively. Gallegos represents the only freshman on the NAIA West Gold-Glove team. He and Forgey also represent the only two members of the Gold-Glove team to also be named to the All-NAIA West team.

Individual Awards

Player of the Year: Izaac Garsez, College of Idaho

Pitcher of the Year: Michael Noteware, Lewis-Clark State

Coach of the Year: Gary Picone, Lewis-Clark State

2012 All-NAIA West Team

Name School Position Year Hometown
Alfonso Casillas Lewis-Clark State 1B SR Indio, CA
Angel Marti Simpson University 2B Sr Covina, CA
Trent Bridges Lewis-Clark State 3B SR Coeur d'Alene, ID
Tanner Hodges College of Idaho SS SR Sisters, OR
Marc Gallegos Corban IF FR Astoria, OR
Andrew Firth British Columbia IF JR London, Ontario
Steven Blum Corban OF SR Salem, OR
Collin Forgey Menlo OF SO San Diego, CA
Izaac Garsez College of Idaho OF SR Caldwell, ID
Colby Sokol Corban OF SR Puyallup, WA
Jarel Lewis College of Idaho C JR Boise, ID
Ben Talbot Concordia C SO Lacey, WA
Anthony Armanino Lewis-Clark State P JR San Carlos, CA
Michael Noteware Lewis-Clark State P JR Tujunga, CA
Taylor Nicholson College of Idaho P JR Emmett, ID
David Otterman British Columbia P JR Coquitlam, BC
Joey Webb Menlo RP JR Reno, NV
Braxton Miller Lewis-Clark State DH SR Tracy, CA

2012 NAIA West Gold Glove Team

Name School Position Year Hometown
Graig Lonergan Simpson 1B SR Loyalton, CA
C.J. Dailey Menlo 2B SR Bellevue, WA
Jeffrey Harris College of Idaho 3B SR Caldwell, ID
Marc Gallegos Corban SS FR Astoria, OR
Collin Forgey Menlo LF SO San Diego, CA
Jordan Payne Lewis-Clark State CF SR Winslow, AZ
Connor Moore Lewis-Clark State RF SR Spokane, WA
Ty Finley Menlo C SR Menlo Park, CA
Chad Yeggy College of Idaho P SR Boise, ID


Courtesy of the NAIA West Conference

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