Intercounty post-season awards miss Thunderbirds

Hamilton Thunderbirds and Stratford Nationals were shutout of post-season honours when the Intercounty Baseball League announced major award winners and all-star teams yesterday.
Hamilton finished regular season play in seventh place in the nine-team circuit with a 14-22 record while Stratford was last with a 6-30 showing.

Taking the league’s Rawling’s Most Valuable Player award was catcher Jordan Lundberg of the Barrie Baycats. He follows Ryan Spataro as consecutive winners of the MVP Award from the Barrie Baycats.

Lundberg led the IBL with 12 home runs and 40 RBI while finishing seventh with a .341 batting average in 35 games. He was also among the league leaders with 34 runs scored.

Lundberg collected 28 points in the voting, including five first-place votes while Brad McElroy of the London Majors was runner-up with 12 points and Frankie Hare of the Guelph Royals was third in the voting with 11 points.

Rookie of the Year and winner of the Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy is outfielder Rudy Vallejos of the London Majors.

In his first season, Vallejos hit .304 with two home runs and 41 RBI. The Ottawa native also hit five doubles, scored 28 runs and was fourth in the league with 19 stolen bases in 30 games. He collected 21 points in the voting, including three first-place ballots while Toronto Maple Leafs’ pitcher Mike Lynch was second with 13 points and Mike Roeder of the Kitchener Panthers was third with 11 points.

The All-Star teams were selected by the field managers of each club on a five-three point system. Clubs were not allowed to vote for their own players.

1B – Jason Gotwalt, Brantford Red Sox (35); 2B – Kyle Piwowarczyk, London Majors (33); 3B – Frankie Hare, Guelph Royals (35); SS – Luke Baker, Kitchener Panthers (22); OF – Brad McElroy, London Majors (36); OF – Ryan Crotin, Oshawa Dodgers (33); OF – Ryan Spataro, Barrie Baycats (28); C – Jordan Lundberg, Barrie Baycats (36); RHP – Angus Roy, Barrie Baycats (38); LHP – Paul Spoljaric, Toronto (31); DH – Ken Calway, Oshawa Dodgers (35); MGR – Jeff Sharpe, Barrie Baycats (35)

1B – Justin Wendt, Kitchener Panthers, and Matt Logan, Toronto Maple Leafs (tie) (9); 2B – David Latour, Barrie Baycats (22); 3B – Hyung Cho, Brantford Red Sox (17); SS – Shayne Ridley, Toronto Maple Leafs (21); OF – Jeremy Walker, Toronto Maple Leafs (26); OF- Kevin Virtue, London Majors (23); OF – Raul Borjas, Brantford Red Sox (18); C – Damon Topolie, Toronto Maple Leafs (28); RHP – Dave Steffler, Toronto Maple Leafs (17); LHP – Erick Perez, London Majors (18); DH – Chuck Roberts, London Majors (22); MGR – Roop Chanderdat, London Majors (19).

(Voting points in brackets of a possible 40)