Senior-to-be Kris Kwak (Maple Grove, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) was recently named to the Alaska Baseball League First Team after a very successful season playing for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks. He was named to the ABL North All-Star Team and competed in the league's Home Run Derby.
The first baseman finished the season with team-leading totals in batting (.338) and homers (6) with 26 runs batted in, second-most on the squad. The Maple Grove, Minn. native had a 14-game hit streak from June 29 to July 15, racking-up three hits on four different occasions in that stretch. His batting average spiked from .286 to .380 as he went 26-for-58 (.448) in that three-week span.
Kwak's Chinooks finished the campaign on a three-game winning streak to post a 17-22 overall record.
The Alaska Baseball League is an amateur collegiate summer baseball league, with six teams located in five Alaskan cities. Players in the league must have attended one year of college and must have one year of NCAA eligibility remaining.
2012 ALASKA BASEBALL LEAGUE ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM
First base -- Kris Kwak, Chinooks (University of North Dakota)
Second base -- Josh Miller, Oilers (University of San Francisco)
Shortstop -- Blake Miller, Goldpanners (Sacramento State)
Third base -- Kevin Swick, Glacier Pilots (USC)
Catcher -- Jeff Kremer, Glacier Pilots (Duke)
Outfield -- Bill Cullen, Miners (Virginia Commonwealth)
Outfield -- Tyler Spoon, Glacier Pilots (Arkansas)
Outfield -- Danny Susdorf, Bucs (Cal-San Diego)
Utility player -- Chase Compton, Bucs (University of Louisiana)
Starting pitcher -- Jay Calhoun, Miners (Dallas Baptist)
Starting pitcher -- Kyle Freeland, Glacier Pilots (University of Evansville)
Starting pitcher --Scott Grist, Bucs (Texas State)
Starting pitcher -- Jordan Mills, Oilers (St. Mary's College)
Starting pitcher -- Jon Maciel, Oilers (Cal State-Long Beach)
Relief pitcher -- Braden Shipley, Bucs (University of Nevada)
Relief pitcher -- John Straka, Oilers (North Dakota State)
Relief pitcher -- Travis Pitcher, Glacier Pilots (San Diego State)