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Dylan Detert Named WSL MVP; Loomans, Stari, Vukovich Earn Top Honors

December 22, 2015

Sheboygan A’s outfielder Dylan Detert (UW-Milwaukee), who ranked either first or second in eight offensive categories and finished third in both slugging percentage and batting average, was named the Wisconsin State Baseball League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

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Sheboygan A’s outfielder Dylan Detert (UW-Milwaukee), who ranked either first or second in eight offensive categories and finished third in both slugging percentage and batting average, was named the Wisconsin State Baseball League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

Sheboygan’s Derek Loomans, who led the league in earned run average, was co-Most Valuable Pitcher with Matt Stari (Elgin Community College) of Lombard.

And, for the 13th time, Lombard’s Jeff Vukovich was named Manager of the Year.

Detert hit .379 to rank third behind league batting champion Colin Holderman (Southern Illinois University – .431) of Lombard and Addison’s Mike Vilardo, (Purdue University – .392. The league managers, whose votes decided the honors, likely considered that Detert played in 22 games, while Holderman and Vilardo played in just 16 games.

Detert led the league in runs scored, 24; hits, 33; triples, 3; and total bases, 49. He was second to teammate Wyatt Olson (Indian Hills Community College) in plate appearances, 99-98; and at bats, 92-87; second to teammate Taylor Grimm (Lewis College) in runs batted in, 20-18; and to Kenosha’s Kyle Jones (UW-Whitewater) in doubles, 10-7. He was third in slugging percentage with Vilardo’s .765 and Holderman’s .686 beating out his .564.

Detert was a wrestling and baseball star at Wausau West High School and went to Madison College where he hit .349 in his sophomore season before transferring to UW-Milwaukee. The outfielder is a redshirt junior this year.

In sharing the pitching honor, Loomans went 3-1 with a league-leading 1.61 earned run average in 28 innings. Stari was 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings.

Loomans, who doubles as the Sheboygan A’s Manager led the A’s to a second place finish at 17-6 and was runner-up to Vukovich in Manager of the Year voting.

Vukovich, the Orioles only manager since they entered the league in 1992, has won 18 pennants in that time, including the last 11 straight years.

The State League team and individual awards will be presented at the league’s annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner to be held at Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Sheboygan. The dinner which is open to the public and friends and fans of baseball are encouraged to attend. It begins with a 4:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 6. Cost is $30 per person. Those interested should send a list of names of those coming and a check to cover them made payable to Wisconsin State Baseball League. Address for the State League is: WSL at P.O. Box 32, Sheboygan, WI 53082-0032.

Inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame that evening will be Jim Kating of Lombard, Chris Kilen of Janesville, Tim Pulizzano of Kenosha, Carl “Butch” Maglio and Howie Norsetter of Madison and, posthumously, John Nelsen of Green Bay.

The vote totals and 2015 all-League team follows:

2015 Post Season Awards

Most Valuable Player Points
Dylan Detert, Sheboygan 13
Mike Villardo, Addison 8
Colin Holderman, Lombard 7
Marcus Pingleton, Lombard 6
Luke Gajewski, Oshkosh 1
Rookie of the Year Points
Dylan Detert, Sheboygan 13
Colin Holderman, Lombard 12
Mike Vilardo, Addison 4
Carter Amundsen, Sheboygan 3
Jonah Meidl, Lombard 2
Ben Miller, Kenosha 1
Marcus Pingleton, Lombard 1
Most Valuable Pitcher Points
Derek Loomans, Sheboygan 12
Matt Stari, Lombard 12
Jason Megar, Lombard 10
Taylor Schwarz, Sheboygan 4
Manager of the Year Points
Jeff Vukovich, Lombard 18
Derek Loomans, Sheboygan 11
Larry Kurkowski 6
Kyle Stone, Kenosha 2

2015 All-League Team

* Unanimous Selection

Position First Team Second Team
First Base Brian Wiest, Addison Nick Schmidlkofer, West Allis
Second Base *Jeff Schubert, Lombard Kyle Kalkopf, West Allis
Third Base Mark Cibrario, Kenosha Harry Stedt, Sheboygan
Shortstop Mike Vilardo, Addison Carter Amundsen, Sheboygan
Catcher Tyler Grimm, Sheboygan  
  Matt Richter, West Allis  
Outfield * Colin Holderman, Lombard Tyler Lau, Addison
  Dylan Detert, Sheboygan Kevin Browning, Lombard
  Luke Gajewski, Oshkosh Paul Pulera, Kenosha
Designated Hitter Cole Miklavcic, Sheboygan AJ Kaprellan, Kenosha
Left-handed Pitcher Jason Bunton, Kenosha Brandon Winfield, Sheboygan
Right-handed Pitcher Cody Grieblling, West Allis Jason Meegar, Lombard

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