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Alex Bishop honored again

Valencia grad wins a major award covering entire West Coast

Posted: July 11, 2013 9:25 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2013 9:25 p.m.

College of the Canyons catcher Alex Bishop won an award from an association that covers community college players in California, Oregon and Washington.

 

The story of Alex Bishop’s surprise breakout season continues to play out in the form of major awards.

The College of Canyons catcher added another top honor to the list by being named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Pacific Association Division Player of the Year.

The Pacific Association Division covers community college teams throughout California, Oregon and Washington.
This is the fifth year the organization has handed out the award.

“It’s the first time we’ve had (a winner from COC),” said COC baseball head coach Chris Cota. “It’s obviously a pretty prestigious thing to be named player of the year for three states.”

After transferring from the defunct baseball team at Moorpark College, where he played as a college freshman, Bishop came to COC this season and put together a stellar season at the plate.

The former Valencia High football and baseball player who was lightly recruited out of high school batted .435 this year, which led all community college players in the state. He led the team with 70 hits, 14 doubles and five triples, while adding 25 RBIs. That helped COC finish second in the Western State Conference, South Division and advance to a CCCAA Super Regional.

“His numbers were as good or better than anybody’s,” Cota said. “He led the state in batting average and I don’t know that anyone in those other states had better numbers than him. And on top of that he did that while playing catcher, which is a pretty rigorous position.”

Bishop’s strong play this year earned him a scholarship offer at Long Beach State University, where he committed to play in later April.

Previously, Bishop had been named WSC South Player of the Year and he was later deemed the CCCAA All-Southern California Player of the Year.

This latest award adds another element to the breakout season of a former high school star athlete.

“We knew he was a competitor. We knew he was a grinder,” Cota said. “We knew he was going to grind every single day, but come on, do you expect anybody to hit .435?”

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