October 14, 2008

Two Matadors Players Receive Horizon Air Summer Series Honors

Oct. 14, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Matador first baseman Richard Cates and catcher John Parham were named to the Horizon Air Summer Series Baseball Honors List for their play as members of the Humboldt Crabs this past summer.

Cates was named to the First Team Honors list while Parham was one of thirty players in the fifteen-team league named to the Honorable Mention list, the second consecutive season Parham has received such distinction.

As a utility player for the Crabs, Cates hit .325, the third-highest average on the team, one home run, and accumulated 30 RBI as he started in all 41 games that he played in last season.

His 19 stolen bases and .458 on-base percentage were the best marks in each respective category on his team, and his .403 batting average with runners on base was one of the best marks in the entire league.

Cates started all 38 games that he participated in last season, and crafted a solid .301 batting average, and drove in 20 runs in the process.

Second on his team with 41 hits and 11 doubles, Cates .397 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest mark amongst all his teammates as a catcher for the Crabs.

As teammates, the Matador two helped lead the Crabs to a 35-13 overall record, and a third-place finish only 1.5 games behind the division-winning Seattle Studs.

Both Cates and Parham are three-year letterwinners with the Matadors, and will return for their senior season with the team. Cates will split his time on the diamond at first and third base for Matadors Head Coach Steve Rousey, while Parham will return to his familiar position behind the plate this upcoming season.