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Nyquist Earns All-WCL First Team Honors

Hancock became a fan favorite in 2017.

Nick Nyquist has effectively cemented his place among the all-time greats in Walla Walla Sweets history.

The second-year corner infielder from Gonzaga earned first-team All-WCL honors in a release by the league office earlier today. Fellow Sweets J.J Hancock (OF/WSU) and Chris Lincoln (RHP/UC-Santa Barbara) were also recognized as second-team All-WCL. Rounding out the Sweets recognition were honorable mention nods for the following players: John Glenn (INF/Cal Baptist); Jacob Blas (INF/Arizona); Vinny Capra (INF/Richmond); Danny Sinatro (OF/WSU); Jake Suddleson (OF/Harvard); Tim Josten (LHP/Fullerton); Haydn King (LHP/USF); Darius Vines (RHP/Oxnard CC); and Matt Amrhein (RHP/Cal Baptist).

"I am happy for Nick - not only has he been a consistent staple in our lineup over the past two seasons, he has been an exemplary citizen in our community," said Sweets team president Zachary Fraser. "We are excited to see him have a great season for Gonzaga this coming spring."

Nyquist, a native of Coeur D'Alene, ID, is among the Sweets career leaders in every major statistical category, including games played (104-1st), at-bats (371-2nd), runs scored (59-2nd), hits (100-2nd), doubles (19-2nd), triples (6-1st), RBI (53-2nd), walks (47-2nd), and stolen bases (23-1st). 

Hancock, a native of the Tri-Cities (WA), was an offensive force during the 2017 season. He led the team with a .360 batting average, finishing tied for third overall. His OPS was likely the most impressive number of the season, posting at .921. He was also a solid defender in the spacious outfield of Borleske Stadium, posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. 

"J.J. was a 'local' kid who made good," said Fraser. "I wish we could build a roster with 25 J.J. Hancock's."

Lincoln, who hails from Moreno Valley, CA, electrified the WCL with mid-90s fastballs and a difficult-to-hit aresenal of breaking pitches. He put it all together the week of July 17-23, when he dominated the Corvallis Knights at Borleske Stadium, striking out 12 in 6.2 innings. In 33.1 innings of work, Lincoln struck out 36 and only walked 18. 

"Chris will be a pitcher that we will likely see in the big leagues a few years down the road," said Fraser. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB draft, but opted to attend UCSB.

For the full West Coast League release, please visit http://westcoastleague.com/