NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Following a season in which he finished second on the team in batting average, CSUN senior outfielder Chester Pak had himself a successful summer. As a member of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League, Pak led his club to a 20-win season and earned the team's Silver Slugger honor and the Jack O'Toole Inspiration Award.
With both the Matadors and Glacier Pilots hit for a .292 average. During the summer, he also collected seven doubles, seven triples and 14 RBIs and led the team in average among those that appeared in at least 20 games. His performance on the field earned him a Silver Slugger recognition, while his contributions outside of the game garnered a much more valuable honor.
The Jack O'Toole Inspiration Award is given out annually by the Glacier Pilots to a member of the team that exhibits the following qualities: knowledgeable of the game, fun-loving, demonstrates a relaxed spirit, goes the extra mile on and off the field, and passionate leadership. The recipient is chosen based on a vote of the players on the team each summer.
"I was very honored to receive the Jack O'Toole award. He had a major impact in the Glacier Pilot community and the Alaska Baseball League, and to receive such an award under his name is an honor," said Pak. "This award didn't have to do anything with statistics and that's why it was humbling when my teammates voted to give me the Jack O'Toole award."
Now that the summer season is finished, Pak will return to the Matadors for one final season at Matador Field. He will bring in a career .281 average with 27 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 53 runs batted in, as well as a leadership style that will guide CSUN throughout 2015.
"As a senior you have to be excited for your last upcoming year. Not because it's your last year, but because you get to see what path you've laid down the last four years for the incoming guys and the future of this program," added Pak. "As for the upcoming fall and 2015 season, I'm excited to see how we will take on each day.
"The goal is to work hard each and every single day and let the outcomes of the fall and spring seasons unfold on their own. I'm excited to meet the new group of guys coming in and see what each of them can bring to the table on the field."