By ROBERT VENDETTOLI
It wasn’t quite the season that the College of Southern Nevada (32-22 overall, 19-16 SWAC) had hoped for, bowing out to eventual Region 18 champion Salt Lake Community College in the semifinals of the Scenic West Athletic Conference Tournament, 5-4, but the conference’s award selections did offer the Coyotes a silver lining.
Sophomore left fielder Grant Heyman lived up to the hype that came with his transfer from the University of Miami, winning SWAC Player of the Year honors.
“I’m really honored to have been voted as the player of the year especially in a league with so much talent,” Heyman said. “It’s amazing seeing all your hard work paying off and I just want to thank my coaches for always having the upmost confidence in me.”
Heyman hit .377 with 41 runs scored, 24 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 12 steals and 43 RBIs.
Freshman second baseman Tyler Brown and starting pitcher DJ Myers also earned Region 18 first team honors. Brown finished his freshman campaign hitting .349 while and also stole 31 bases to go along with 12 doubles and 31 RBIs. Myers finished the season with a 4-2 record with a 2.73 ERA over 59 1/3 innings in 11 starts.
Sophomore outfielder James Young and designated hitter Matt Waldron garnered second team honors. Young hit .307 with eight triples, five home runs and 26 RBIs while Waldron hit .301 with 23 runs scored and seven stolen bases.
Pitchers Blair Goldsack (7-5, 3.48 ERA) and David Kuzma (5-3, 3.20 ERA) and infielder Zach Scott were honorable mention selections.