All-PIL Selections made, Four Honkers named

        The 2017 All-Pacific International League Team has been announced and four Honker players were recognized for their accomplishments this past summer. Zane Gelphman from Oklahoma Baptist was named 1st Team infielder, Britten Abbott from Martin Methodist (Tennessee) was named 1st Team outfielder, Chaz Lopez from Pacific Lutheran (transferring this fall to Clark College in Vancouver, WA) was named 1st Team pitcher, and Cameron Padron (Western Oregon) was named 2nd Team first baseman.
        “These guys are very deserving of any honor they receive. They played hard all summer,” said Honker Manager Martin Lawrence. “It was a pleasure this year to have a group as quality as this one capitalized by these four individuals.”
        Infielder Zane Gelphman hit .409 in PIL play and finished the year with only recording two errors in the infield playing third base and short stop. “It means a lot to me to be named All-PIL. I’m grateful to be recognized by the league for my hard work and success.” This fall Gelphman returns to Oklahoma Baptist for his senior year.
        Britten Abbot also had a big year in the PIL, hitting .395 and driving in some very important runs for the Honkers including three home runs. “It makes it easier to make plays when you have great teammates that are producing all around you,” Abbott said of his teammates part in his success. “If they aren’t on base, I can’t drive them in. Simple as that. I’m just happy I could play a role in the team’s success.”
        Honker pitcher Chaz Lopez finished the summer season with an outstanding 1.98 ERA and a 3-1 record. Lopez was very excited about being named 1st Team All-PIL and said “it is an honor to be named among the other 1st Team pitchers. I mean those are some really good pitchers and to be mentioned as one of them is absolutely amazing”. Lopez enters his sophomore year of college transferring to Clark College and said that being named All-PIL 1st Team “is the first step down a very long path toward my ultimate goal, but right now I couldn’t be happier to call myself a Honker.”
        Cameron Padron was selected as 2nd Team All-PIL first baseman, making this his third time receiving an All-PIL selection, receiving 1st team honors in 2014 and 2016. “It’s a privilege to be named All-PIL. The PIL was filled with talent on every team, so it is an honor to be able to represent the Honkers in this category,” said Padron of his success.
        “I want to say we’ve been really lucky to receive these recognitions from the Pacific International League, but I don’t think luck is the right word because I don’t think that would do justice to the hard work these guys have put in and the support we have received from our great community in Fall City. So instead I’ll say we’ve been fortunate. Fortunate for great, hard working, young athletes, and fortunate for being part of Fall City,” exclaimed Manager Martin Lawrence.

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