Six Diamond Dawgs Earn All-PIL Honors

Aug. 22, 2004

Six current members of the Washington baseball team earned some level of all-league honors this weekend when the Pacific International League released its list of awards for the summer of 2004.Husky senior infielder Nick Batkoski, who played for the PIL National Division champion Seattle Studs, was named the league's first-team shortstop. Batkoski hit .363 in 29 league starts for the Studs and led the team with 15 doubles. Seattle finished ninth at the 46-team National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series earlier this month.Sophomore right-hander Kyle Parker was named a first-team pitcher. Parker threw a five-hit shutout in the NBC World Series championship game to lead the Aloha (Ore.) Knights to the national title. He finished his summer season with a 7-1 record and a 2.07 earned run average, allowing only 46 hits in 69 and two-thirds innings.UW senior right fielder Taylor Johnson (Seattle Studs), sophomore DH Curt Rindal (Bellingham Bells) and junior right-handed pitcher Matt Kasser (Aloha Knights) all took second-team all-PIL honors while junior outfielder Zach Clem earned honorable mention.Johnson started 31 games for the Studs, hitting .321 with four homers and 31 runs batted in.Rindal started 23 league games for the Bells, batting .341 with three homers and 21 runs batted in. He sat out last season at the UW after suffering an elbow injury in practice.Kasser was 4-4 for the Knights, but had a 2.14 earned run average and gave up only 46 hits in 63 innings. He also picked up one of Aloha's seven victories at the NBC World Series.Clem, an All-Pac-10 first-teamer for the UW last spring, led the Bells with nine doubles, five homers and 29 RBI, starting in 30 league games. He went on to play for Aloha in the NBC World Series, contributing to their championship.In other summer league news, UW sophomore Richie Lentz shared the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Relief Pitcher of the Year Award. Lentz went 2-0 with nine saves and a 1.66 ERA and then picked up a win and three saves in the playoffs as his team, the Newport (R.I.) Gulls fell one win short of the league title.

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