It was a nice way for Dylan Emmons to finish his minor baseball career.
The Vernon right-handed pitcher was named the winner of BC Baseball’s 18U Male Athlete of the Year for 2015.
Emmons played for the Vernon Canadians in the B.C. 18U AAA League in 2015. He pitched 75 innings with 126 strikeouts to only 23 walks and an impressive earned run average of 1.96.
“Dylan’s commitment and dedication to the game was second to none,” said Canadians manager Ken Liefke.
Emmons is now with the Fraser Valley Collegiate Baseball Group in Chilliwack, a team that is on a probation year before joining the Canadian Colleges Baseball Conference.
In the fall, Emmons had five starts in 10 FVC games, winning three of them, and his ERA was 1.78.
He attends the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack studying sports medicine.
“I honestly was surprised on winning the award,” said Emmons, 18. “I got a phone call from my dad to let me know it (award) had happened. It was really exciting when I was at the ceremony with my family. Having my mom and dad (Don and Joanne) there was a great memory I won’t forget.”
Emmons said he’ll likely spend the summer with the Kelowna Jays senior men’s team before returning to FVC in the fall.