C’s Can’t Lock Up Four-Peat
Posted October 1, 2014
Vancouver Canadian’s fall short of fourth consecutive Northwest League Championship Victory.
The Canadian’s 46-30 regular season was good enough for first in the North Division and second in overall standings. The only team to top them was the Hillsboro Hops (48-28), the same team that took them down in the finals, two games to none in the best-of-three series.
Vancouver had previously won the Northwest League Championship in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Despite not being able to secure the title once again in 2014, there were many positives to take from another fine season for the C’s.
As a team, Vancouver was atop the league leaders in a number of categories: third in batting average, RBI’s, triples, hits and on base + slugging percentage (OPS), as well as second in Runs and first in Stolen Bases. Their pitching staff was third in innings pitched, second in earned run average (ERA) and first in saves.
Individually a number of Vancouver players had outstanding seasons. Tom Locastro, Chris Carlson and Franklin Barreto all hit over .300 and were 8-10 in league batting average, respectively. Barreto also led the entire Northwest League in hits, runs and doubles. Rookie Ryan McBroom led the league with 59 RBI’s and tied for the league lead with 11 HR’s. Pitcher Jairo Labourt led the entire league with 1.77 ERA and was second with 82 strikeouts. Miguel Castro also posted an impressive 6-2 record in only 10 starts, tying him for third in wins – along with 52 strikeouts in 50 IP.