Smith Named NWC Pitcher of the Year

Smith Named NWC Pitcher of the Year

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Northwest Conference has recognized Hugh Smith as the 2018 Pitcher of the Year, while Joel Condreay is a first team All-NWC honoree, according to today's announcement from the league office.

Tyler Bailey received honorable mention All-NWC consideration. Click here for the official All-NWC press release.

Smith, a junior from Sammamish, is the first Pirate player to earn NWC Pitcher of the Year recognition, although pitcher Eddie Eugenio was the co-Player of the Year in 1990 before there was a separate award for a pitcher.

Smith, who was also a first team All-NWC honoree as a freshman in 2016, is 6-1 this season with a 1.66 earned run average.  He started eight games and had one no-decision.  He has 62 strikeouts in 59.2 innings, an average of 9.35 strikeouts per nine innings.  Smith tossed a complete-game shutout in his most recent start, a 7-0 win over Pacific (Ore.) on April 14. 

All-NWC recognition is based on stats from conference games only.  Smith went 5-1 in NWC play and led the league with a 1.33 ERA. 

Condreay, a senior shortstop from Renton, Washington, earned first team recognition for the first time in his career.  He was honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore and second team as a junior. 

Condreay is hitting .357 to lead the Pirates in batting average in 2018 with 14 doubles and two home runs.  He has driven in 22 runs and scored 20.  His slugging average of .530 is also the best on the team. 

Arguably the top defensive shortstop in the NWC, Condreay posted a fielding percentage of .938.  He was part of 18 double plays and committed only eight errors in 130 total chances. 

Bailey, a junior from Spokane, has played in all 35 games for the Pirates this season.  He has started most of those games at third base.  Bailey is hitting .309 with two home runs and 22 RBIs.  He leads the team in total at-bats (139).

With two games left on the schedule, Whitworth is 16-19.  The Pirates finished 11-13 in the NWC, sixth in the league standings.  Whitworth will close 2018 with a pair of games at NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State College on May 5-6.