COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Golden State Athletic Conference has released the awards for the 2017 baseball season and three Lions found their way onto both the All-GSAC Team and the GSAC Gold Glove Team. Brandon Sandoval (SR/Fallbrook, CA) led the way being elected to both sides, adding to his already full trophy case from the year. The multi winner of Player of the Week voting and Player of the Year candidate receives these awards to add to his previous recognitions from earlier in his career. Last month he was named Vanguard Male Athlete of the Year. The other two members of the All-GSAC team were Shane Elias-Calles (JR/Mission Viejo, CA) and Trai Patrick (SR/Everett, WA) while Michael Fuchs (JR/Irvine, CA) and Tanner Perry (JR/El Cajon, CA) earned the Gold Glove nod.
Sandoval marks three straight years on the All-GSAC team but his first in center field. The previous awards were handed out for his excellence in left field as well as his strong position as the leadoff hitter in the lineup since his arrival on campus. He finished the year just shy to the milestone mark at a .399 batting average and held a slugging percentage of .601. He generated 12 doubles, one triple, and eight home runs on his way to 44 RBI and 27 base on balls. He scored 75 runs and successfully stole 32 of 36 bases.
Patrick was voted GSAC Player of the Week earlier this season and received that recognition in both of his two seasons wearing the Blue and Gold. He spent time as an inflielder, outfielder, and DH as he held a .335 average at the plate and a .537 slugging %. He had 63 hits including 12 doubles and 8 home runs, three of which were MONSTER shots outside of the confines of the home park. He hti in 42 runs and drew 25 walks.
Elias-Calles adds an athletic award to his belt after earning GSAC and NAIA Scholar Athlete this season. After serving as a utility player his previous seasons, he locked down the first base position all season and strong bolstered the Lions' line-up card each week. Playing in 52 games, he finished with a batting average of .292 and a slugging percentage of .480 including 14 doubles and six home runs. He also chimed in 31 RBI and 25 drawn walks due to his patience inside the box.
The Gold Glove team highlighted by Sandoval, Fuchs, and Perry was ranked sixth in the nation in fielding percentage allowing only 58 errors in 1897 chances good enough for .969. Sandoval was perfect in the field while Perry finished .951 at short stop being called for only 12 errors in 244 chances. Fuch began the year at second base before moving over early in the year and finding a home at third base. After 148 tries, he was booked for only three errors which locked him in at .980.