I am a fan of post-season awards for college athletes just as much as the next guy. But, sometimes the awards can leave me flummoxed . In the case of Chico State Wildcat pitcher Marcos Lara, I am completely perplexed.
The senior right-hander has been a main-stay for the Wildcats during this tremendous 2014 season. With his 9-3 record, 2.35 ERA and four complete games, the Cats’ wouldn’t be in Cary without his tremendous season. Yet, there was another release of awards yesterday and Lara’s name was missing.
The American Baseball Coaches Association released their 1st and 2nd team All-Region selections. While Chico State was well represented (list at bottom), Lara was AGAIN a notable omission. To be fair to the region’s coaches, in many cases it is a numbers game that sometimes can dilute the selection’s from one particular team. You just can’t choose everyone from the same team, I do understand that. But, Lara’s exclusion continues to be a head-scratcher.
Lara hasn’t missed a start and only really scuffled in a couple of his 15 appearances this year. In the post-season Lara has been nails throwing 10.2 innings of shut-out baseball. Lara was at his best in the West Region Tournament last week in La Jolla as he he blanked the potent California Baptist for 7 innings on 6 hits, inducing three double-plays.
I mentioned to Lara last week that I thought he was getting robbed on the post-season awards and he took the tact the great teammates take, “thanks, but its alright. I don’t really think about that. I just care about giving my team 100 percent every time I pitch.”
He may not have gotten All-CCAA, Daktronics All-West Region or the ABCA All-Region, but those of us that love this team and have watched them play for the last four months know they wouldn’t be here if not for the greatness of Marcos Lara.
Lara and Cats open play at the Division II College World Series in Cary against Lander University on Saturday at 2pm PST. Our pre-game will come your way at 1:45pm on Newstalk 1290-KPAY in the greater Chico area. You can find the games online at KPAY.com, ChicoWildcats.com or the TuneIn radio app.
American Baseball Coaches Association Chico State All-West Region Selections. HEAD COACH-Dave Taylor. 1st Team Selections Nick Baker, Cody Slader, Luke Barker. 2nd Team Selections Ruben Padilla and Peter Miller.