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Six Black Bears Receive All-WCL Honors

Press Release. Longview, WA. August 27, 2014.
The West Coast League announced its All-League Teams on Tuesday, and the honorees included six Cowlitz Black Bears.
Pitcher Shane Bieber (UC Santa Barbara) was named to the All-WCL First Team, while fellow All Star pitchers Billy Sahlinger (U. of Portland) and Joe Reta (Oregon), together with Daniel Orr (Util., Corban), Kort Peterson (OF, UCLA) and Jonathan Serven (3B, Long Beach State), received Honorable Mention recognition.
Bieber had a masterful season on the mound and finished with a 1.44 ERA in his six starts, not allowing an earned run in 4 of those starts. On June 25 against the Corvallis Knights, Bieber struck out 11 in 7 innings of work, setting a Black Bears game high in strikeouts while earning the victory.
Sahlinger was a staple in the Black Bears’ starting rotation for the second straight season, and ranked first among Black Beas pitchers in games started, innings pitched and wins.  His 2.68 ERA was good for 7th in the WCL. Sahlinger's 4-0 record included taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Kitsap Blue Jackets on July 16, finishing with a one-hit shutout. 
Reta was the Black Bears' primary closer, finishing the season with a stingy 1.27 ERA in 35.1 innings over 20 appearances.  The junior right hander is headed to the University of Oregon in the fall. He finished with a 4-2 record with 4 saves, striking out 31.
Orr was among the League’s offensive producers throughout the season. He finished off the year with 15 doubles, which places him number one in the Black Bears all time single season record books and second in the WCL. He ended the season hitting .329 with 2 home runs and 22 RBI. He also finished the season with an 11-game hitting streak.
Peterson had a fantastic second half to the season, finishing the season with a .344 average.  The UCLA sophomore collected 31 hits, including 5 doubles, and added 19 walks and 9 stolen bases.

Serven, a junior from Long Beach State, also excelled down the stretch.  He hit .246 for the season, with 33 hits, including 2 home runs, while driving in 22 RBI. He had a 12-game hitting streak at the end of the season, contributing multiple hits in six of the twelve. 
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