Indians reach all-region baseball team

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
McCook Community College players Jacob Sanford (22) and Dominic Paratore (5) had plenty of reasons to tip their hats during all-Region IX baseball seasons. The Indians overcame a slow conference start to finish 29-27 overall.
Steve Towery

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — Region IX has announced that five McCook Indians have earned All-Region IX honors.

Keanu Van Kuren, Dominic Paratore and Jacob Sanford earned first-team honors, while Dylan White and Chase Adams earned second-team honors.

The Indians went 29-27 overall and 20-16 in Region IX play; MCC was bounced out of the Region Tournament on day two, going 2-1.

Van Kuren from Las Vegas, Nev., was the everyday centerfielder for the Indians, leading off and playing in every game except one over his two years at MCC.

This year he hit a team-high .358 with 13 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, and 36 RBI. Van Kuren also set the school record in stolen bases (22) and is signed to play at Texas Southern, a NCAA D1 school that competes in the SWAC.

Paratore, another Las Vegas native, was the main power source for the Indians in 2017. Paratore hit a school record 15 home runs, all coming in conference play, to go along with his .333 batting average and 54 RBS.

Paratore is committed to Midland University in Fremont, NE, an NAIA school that competes in the GPAC.

Sanford from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, was the big threat in the cleanup spot for the Indians. Sanford hit .358 with 13 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs and 39 RBI.

Sanford would also finish the year with a slugging percentage at .663, which is a school record. The freshman is signed to come to lead a quality group of returning freshman hitters in 2018.

White — yes, from Las Vegas — was the go-to backstop for the McCook in 2017. White not only handled a talent Indians pitching staff all year, he also put up big numbers at the plate, hitting .348 with five doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI. White came through with countless clutch hits for MCC this past year and is signed to come back and help develop what will be a young pitching staff.

Adams of Las Vegas was the ace of the Indians in 2017.

Adams started game of of a series each weekend and rarely came out of the game once the ball was in his hands. Adams would tie the school record for wins in a single season, going 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA and 130 strikeouts. The right-hander’s strikeout total would break his own school record and was good enough to be top 3 in the nation in punch outs and is signed to play at University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley, a NCAA D1 school that competes in the Western Athletic Conference.

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