Here are the 2012 California League postseason awards as released by the league today:
Manager of the Year Pedro Grifol High Desert Mavericks
Coach of the Year Roy Howell High Desert Mavericks
Trainer of the Year Greg Spence Inland Empire 66ers
Turf Manager of the Year Peter Hayes Lake Elsinore Storm
Clubbie of the Year Alex Mookas Lancaster JetHawks
Most Valuable Player Billy Hamilton Bakersfield Blaze
Pitcher of the Year Christian Bergman Modesto Nuts
Rookie of the Year C.J. Cron Inland Empire 66ers
Catcher John Hicks High Desert Mavericks
First Base C.J. Cron Inland Empire 66ers
Second Base Taylor Lindsey Inland Empire 66ers
Third Base Adam Duvall San Jose Giants
Shortstop Billy Hamilton Bakersfield Blaze
Utility Steven Proscia High Desert Mavericks
Designated Hitter Tommy Medica Lake Elsinore Storm
Outfielder Leon Landry High Desert Mavericks
Outfielder George Springer Lancaster JetHawks
Outfielder Kyle Parker Modesto Nuts
Pitcher Kevin Quackenbush Lake Elsinore Storm
Pitcher Christian Bergman Modesto Nuts
Pitcher Roenis Elias High Desert Mavericks
Pitcher Matthew Andriese Lake Elsinore Storm
The Quakes entered play on Tuesday tied with Lake Elsinore with the South Division’s final playoff spot.
By the end of Tuesday night, they had sole possession of the spot.
The Quakes, behind three hits apiece by Austin Gallagher and Pedro Baez, the first pro home run by Yasiel Puig, and solid pitching by Garrett Gould (5-9), downed High Desert 4-2.
Meanwhile, a four-run sixth inning propelled San Jose past Lake Elsinore, 7-4. The Storm’s loss gave the Quakes a one-game lead.
Meanwhile, the 66ers, who entered the game three games back of the Quakes and Lake Elsinore, fell to Lancaster 7-2 as Telvin Nash hit a grand slam. The Sixers are now four games back with six to play.
Both the Quakes and 66ers returned home on Friday to open their final seven-game homestands of the season.
The Quakes came up short to San Jose, losing 9-4.
Meanwhile, the 66ers downed High Desert 2-1 in 12 innings.
Both the Quakes and 66ers played one-run games on Wednesday.
The Quakes pulled out a 7-6 victory in the ninth inning against Stockton, while the 66ers fell 5-4 at Lake Elsinore. The win was the fourth in a row for the Quakes.
C.J. Cron’s two-run homer in the 7th gave the Sixers the lead for good and they held off visiting Lake Elsinore 8-6 on Thursday.
The Sixers had trailed 4-1 after four innings, but rallied and Cron’s 21st homer gave the Sixers a 6-5 lead.
Both Quakes and 66ers fell on Wednesday. The Quakes lost 3-2 at Modesto, while the Sixers fell at home to Lake Elsinore 6-3.
The Quakes loss was especially excruciating. Trailing 2-0 entering the ninth, they rallied to tie the score on Austin Gallagher’s two-run single. But in the bottom of the ninth, Joey Wong’s single with two outs scored Juan Crousset from second base to lift the Nuts to victory.