As the best hitter in the entire NWAC this spring, Justin Van De Brake’s accolades keep rolling in.
The 2017 West Valley graduate and sophomore at Tacoma Community College earned first-team honors on the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Pacific Division All-America team this week.
Headed to Washington State in the fall, Van De Brake led the NWAC in batting at .398 and RBI with 60, hit eight home runs and 22 doubles, scored 53 runs, stole nine bases and was named the West Region’s MVP.
Van De Brake’s remarkable batting average included a 25-game hitting streak during his 50-game season. He was held hitless in only five games. In four of his final five games for the Titans, the outfielder was 9 for 18.
During his freshman season at Tacoma, Van De Brake batted .369 and was second on his team in doubles and home runs.
Yakima Valley’s Alec Gomez was a second-team pick on the ABCA’s Pacific All-America squad, which represents California, Oregon and Washington.
Gomez, who’s headed to Gonzaga, led the NWAC in strikeouts with 118 and was honored at last week’s Yakima Valley Sports Awards as YVC’s male athlete of the year.
Gomez and Van De Brake never faced each other this season.
Two of Gomez’s teammates — Matt James and Luke White — were named to the Pacific All-America third team.
Van De Brake will be joined in WSU’s 2019 recruiting class by Ellensburg’s Jadon Bugni, this year’s CWAC co-MVP.