PORTLAND, Ore. – A number of George Fox University baseball players compete in collegiate wood-bat leagues each summer, but few have put together seasons that can match that of Bruins’ first baseman Derek Dixon, who recently captured the batting “triple crown” for the Portland Bucks of the West Coast League-Portland.
Dixon, who will be a junior for the Bruins in 2013, led the league outright with a .440 batting average while tying for the lead with three home runs and 24 runs batted in. Entering the final day of the season, he trailed Scott Myers of the Portland Stars by two in the RBI department, but drove in two runs in the Bucks’ finale to nail down the final piece of the crown.
During the past George Fox season, Dixon, who hails from Vancouver, Wash., batted .312 with six doubles, 10 RBIs, and 17 runs scored. As a freshman in 2011, he joined the Bruin varsity late in the season after participating in the junior varsity program and collected his first four college hits - all doubles. He has a career average after two seasons of .309.
The West Coast League-Portland was organized in 2008 under the auspices of the West Coast League, a collegiate summer league that draws players from many west coast institutions and plays in cities scattered around Washington and Oregon. The WCL-Portland plays all of its games at the University of Portland’s Joe Etzel Field and Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, and caters primarily to players from the greater Portland-Vancouver metro area.