2013-08-08 / Sports

Oaks Christian baseball team earns honors from national association

Penprase is the NCSAA National Coach of the Year; Bickford, Kruger, Palace and Vogelbach also collect hardware after CIF title


HONORED—Oaks Christian High baseball skipper Tim Penprase, right, is the National Christian School Athletic Association’s National Coach of the Year. Penprase’s father and OCHS assistant, Rick, is on the left. 
MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HONORED—Oaks Christian High baseball skipper Tim Penprase, right, is the National Christian School Athletic Association’s National Coach of the Year. Penprase’s father and OCHS assistant, Rick, is on the left. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Oaks Christian High varsity baseball head coach Tim Penprase is the National Christian School Athletic Association’s National Coach of the Year.

Penprase led the Lions to their first CIF-Southern Section title this spring.

Oaks Christian defeated El Rancho in the Division 4 final. Phil Bickford, armed with a 97 mph fastball, pitched a shutout in the championship game. The NCSAA named Bickford the National Player of the Year.

The NCSAA recognized other Oaks Christian standouts. Jack Kruger, Nate Palace and Bickford are on the NCSAA All-American First Team. Incoming senior pitcher Spencer Vogelbach is on the second team.

On National Signing Day in February, five Lions earned athletic scholarships.

Bickford, who turned down a $3-million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, will play at Cal State Fullerton.

Brandon Evans will play for UC Santa Barbara.

Kruger committed to West Point.

Palace signed with Valparaiso University.

Cole Taylor will play for the University of Utah.

Cody Phillips won the 2012 Mike Scioscia Award of Excellence for outstanding character on and off the field. He will attend Princeton University.

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