Matt Chavez Named All-SCC Baseball First Team
It was a first for Pasadena City College head baseball coach Evan O'Meara. Sophomore infielder Matt Chavez became the first Lancer in the eight years O'Meara has directed the program to be selected All-South Coast Conference First Team.
Chavez batted .357 with eight doubles, two triples and 15 RBI over the 21-game SCC schedule. Playing at both shortstop and second base, Chavez received heavy praise for his left-handed batting prowess and a patient approach (12 walks, .458 on-base percentage).
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Chavez is a local product from Maranatha High and finished a solid, 2-year career at PCC. Last month, Chavez signed a scholarship to further his education and playing career at New Mexico Highlands University. The last PCC player to be named All-SCC First Team was pitcher-utility player Zack Kalter in 2004. Kalter went on to play minor league baseball after attending USC on a scholarship.
PCC got further good news with two selections to the All-SCC Second Team in sophomore starting pitcher Will Emerson and freshman designated hitter-first baseman David Halstead.
Emerson, a transfer from the University of Tampa, made seven starts in conference play and compiled a 2-3 record with a deceiving team-best 5.03 ERA. Emerson, who was backed often by a Lancers' defense that lacked range in the infield, hurled 48.1 innings and struck out 34. Blessed with a strong fastball and a strong move to first, Emerson picked off four runners and had a perfect fielding percentage from the mound (1.000) in 24 chances. An East Coast native, Emerson attended Tilton School in Maine.
Halstead, from Eagle Rock High, proved to be a tough out for opponents as he batted .315, but reached base almost every other at bat. His .493 on-base percentage led the Lancers in conference and he was hit by pitch nine times to lead the entire conference. He hit one home run, five doubles and drove in 10 RBI.
O'Meara designated three players All-SCC honorable mention in frosh shortstop Tyler Dominguez (.324, five doubles, 11 RBI), freshman third baseman Daniel Gomez (.291, seven RBI), and sophomore pitcher Brett Smith, who appeared in 10 conference games, pitching 32.2 innings and recording two saves.
[Photo--Pasadena's Matt Chavez named All-SCC First Team]