Eau Claire, Lombard Players Dominate WSL Post-Season Honors
October 25, 2013
Brady Burzynski and Laderrius Cole of the Eau Claire Cavaliers were named co-Most Valuable Players for the 2013 season.
The runner-upEau Claire Cavaliers, who had no less than seven of the Wisconsin StateLeague’s top 11 hitters, and members of the champion Lombard Orioles, took allfour of the league’s top individual honors as well as filling eight of the 10spots on the all-league team.
Outfielder Brady Burzynski of theCavaliers was voted co-Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. He shared the MVP award with outfield mateLaderrius Cole who was runner-up in rookie voting. Lombard’s Jeremy Stachwyk was picked asPitcher of the Year and Jeff Vukovich Manager of the Year. It was the 12th time that Vukovichwon the award and the seventh straight.
It was a big year for State Leaguehitters with five .400 hitters and a total of 15 .300 or better hitters.
Cole led the league in hitting(.470) and Burzynski came in second (.458). Cole also led the league in runs batted in (17) and on base percentage (.539),while Burzynski led the league in runs scored (23), hits (33) and stolen bases(13).
Stachwyk was 4-0 with the Orioleswith a league-leading 1.09 earned run average and a league-high 40 strikeoutsin 33 innings. He and teammate CraigLipp both went a league best 4-0. Kenosha’s Randy Johnson, who was Pitcher of the Year in both 2011 and2012, was runner up this year.
Vukovich led his championshipOrioles to a 21-2 record. Second inManager of the Year voting was Eau Claire’s Mark McHorney.
Cavaliers on the first all-leagueteam were the two outfielders, Burzynski and Cole, third baseman Yuki Yasuda,shortstop Kyle Comer and catcher Brian Burman. Orioles on the first team arefirst baseman Nick Mitedero and pitchers Stachwyk and Lipp. Rounding out the first team are Sheboygan’ssecond baseman Luke Maldonado and designated hitter Harry Steldt, and Kenoshaoutfielder Paul Pulera.
The other .400 hitters this yearwere Mitedero .431, Yasuda .414 and second team first baseman Nick Degan of EauClaire.
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