There were still plenty of reasons to smile when the Swift Current Indians handed out their 2012 year end hardware at a team function on Tuesday.
Despite being eliminated in game five of their Western Major Baseball League quarter-final series versus Lethbridge, Swift Current was able to celebrate a series of individual accomplishments after posting a 28-18 record and winning the Central Division regular season banner.
The Tribe's Most Valuable Player award was an obvious choice in outfielder Aaron Dunsmore, who has also been selected as co-winner of WMBL MVP honours. Dunsmore hit a team leading .403 at the plate, launched nine home runs and had 42 RBIs during an offensively dominant season. He was the only player to appear in all 46 regular season games, leading the way with 176 at bats, 71 hits, and 11 doubles. Dunsmore hit safely in 34 of his final 38 games of the season, and he enjoyed an impressive 14 game hitting streak in mid July.
Pitcher of the Year honours went to closer Cody Chartrand. The rookie boasted an impressive 1.07 earned run average with a 2-0 record and five saves. When the game was on the line you could count on Chartrand entering the game. He was second in appearances by pitching in 16 games, taking to the mound for 25 innings but recording 26 strike outs and allowing just 14 hits. His longest appearance was a five innings effort in a June 1 win over Saskatoon, but in a dozen of his 15 season appearances he faced six or fewer batters.
The lone double award winner of the evening was six-year veteran Brennan Peterson who was selected as both Most Inspirational Player and Teammate of the Year. Peterson hit at a .258 clip this season, scattering 34 hits and driving in 24, plus he was the co-leader in team stolen bases with 10.
Rookie of the Year honours were claimed by Alex Mortensen, who joined the Tribe after playing with the University of Nebraska Omaha. Mortensen was third on the team with a .360 batting average, however he led the Indians with 39 runs scored. The rookie was second on the team with with 27 runs batted in while scattering a team second best 58 hits.
The Most Improved Player honours were won by bullpen pitcher Reilly Grose from Wymark. Grose was called on to pitch 18 innings of work over 13 game appearances. He posted a 1-1 record, giving up 15 hits and eight earned runs while compiling a 4.00 earned run average. He recorded 12 strike outs and walked five. Grose joined the Tribe after a season with the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute and on the season took to the mound for just single inning or two inning appearances.