PINEVILLE, La. (LC Sports) - Louisiana College sophomore third baseman Clayton Noakes was named to the d3baseball.com All-West Region team, the second straight season for the Wildcats to receive an all-region selection. Noakes is the first player to receive a second team of higher honor for the Wildcats.
Noakes was a force in the middle of the LC lineup all season blasting a team-best 11 home runs with 46 RBI and a new single-season record, 109 total bases. He finished second in both homers and slugging percentage for a season in LC history. After spending the majority of the season batting well over .400, Noakes finished the year with a .381 average and in the top-five in 12 different offensive categories on the team.
He ranked in the top-10 in eight different offensive categories in the American Southwest Conference, including tying for third most with 11 home runs and fifth most in doubles with 14 on the year. His season was good enough to rank him in the top-10 in eight single-season LC categories including hits, runs, RBI, and batting average.
"Noakesy had an unbelievable season for us offensively and defensively," Head Coach Mike Byrnes said. "He did everything that we asked of him. Excited for him to get this honor but we know and he knows that it's as much a team award as an individual one pushing him to be the best. We're excited about the season he had and that we'll have him for a couple more to come."
Noakes is the single-season record holder for total bases with 106, the first player with more than 100 in a season. He was just the third player to reach double digits in home runs in a season and finished second overall in slugging at .684 for the year.
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