Swift Current Indians
A trio of Swift Current Indians were rewarded for standout regular season performances with Western Major Baseball League All-Star honours. Two starting pitchers and one outfielder were named First Team All-Stars when the league awards were announced on the opening day of the playoffs Wednesday.
Outfielder Jake Gonzalez was named one of three outfielders on the First Team after finishing second in the league with 10 homeruns. The Lake Jackson, Texas native hit .303 with 34 runs batted in and 27 runs scored in 37 games with the Indians this season. He also finished 3-1 with six saves and a 2.42 earned average on the mound during his first season in Swift Current.
Indians starters Anthony Armanino and Chris Haddeland were among the four pitchers named to the First All-Star Team.
Haddeland finished third in the WMBL in strikeouts, fourth in earned run average, and tied for fifth in wins in his second season with the Tribe. The McMinnville, Oregon native finished 5-3 with a 2.05 ERA in nine starts during the regular season. He struck out 57 batters in 61.1 innings with only 15 walks. The sophomore from Linfield University was 1-1 with a 3.76 ERA last season in Swift Current.
Armanino finished second in the league with 60 strikeouts this season. The San Carlos, California native finished 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in eight appearances this season. He only allowed 11 walks and 33 base hits while averaging exactly one strikeout per inning. The Tribe won all but one of the nine games that Armanino pitched in this summer. Armanino stepped it up with 11 strikeouts over seven innings to lead the Tribe to a win in their playoff opener Wednesday.
Moose Jaw Miller Express slugger Michael Corso was named the league’s Most Valuable Player after challenging for the triple crown. The Vancleave, Mississippi product led the league with 11 homeruns and 46 runs batted in. He finished second with a .388 average, six points back of Okotoks’ Thomas Rodrigues.
2013 WMBL Award Winners
Most Valuable Player - Mike Corso, Moose Jaw Miller Express
Rookie of the Year - Homero Ortiz, Melville Millionaires
Canadian Rookie - Miles Hunter, Moose Jaw Miller Express
Coach of the Year - Shawn Counts, Melville Millionaires
WMBL First Team All Stars
Homero Ortiz, Melville Millionaires
Billy Martin, Medicine Hat Mavericks
Anthony Armanio, Swift Current Indians
Chris Haddeland, Swift Current Indians
CJ DeDeaux, Medicine Hat Mavericks
Mike Corso, Moose Jaw Miller Express
Kevin Biro, Melville Millionaires
Joel Lutz, Medicine Hat Mavericks
Thomas Rodrigues, Okotoks Dawgs
Grant Silva, Medicine Hat Mavericks
Jake Gonzalez, Swift Current Indians
Zack Burling, Saskatoon Yellow Jackets
Ryan Bourcier, Weyburn Beavers
WMBL Second Team All Stars
Ryan Castadio, Medicine Hat Mavericks
Hayden Cleveland, Okotoks Dawgs
Ryan Drummond, Regina Red Sox
Allan Sanchez, Regina Red Sox
Hank Stewart, Moose Jaw Miller Express
Jordan Procyshen, Okotoks Dawgs
Sean Kettering, Okotoks Dawgs
Guillaume Gingras, Medicine Hat Mavericks
Michael Lukkason, Weyburn Beavers
Mitch Frey, Medicine Hat Mavericks
Miles Hunter, Moose Jaw Miller Express
Josh Myers, Okotoks Dawgs
Zac Asman, Okotoks Dawgs
Matt Cook, Saskatoon Yellow Jackets