Twins Bako, Pui make IBL all-stars

Peter Bako (Photo: IBL)

Two members of the Burlington Twins – Peter Bako and Darryl Pui – made the Intercounty Baseball League’s Second All-Star Team as award winners were announced on Thursday (Aug. 9).

No members of the Hamilton Cardinals were named to the First or Second all-star teams.

Frankie Hare of the Guelph Royals was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.

Hare takes home the John Bell Memorial Trophy as the IBL’s MVP, as voted on by the league’s managers. Pitcher Clay Caulfield of the Toronto Maple Leafs is the winner of the Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie, with both players also being named to the IBL All-Star teams.

The Royals second baseman enjoyed a tremendous season, both on the field and at the plate, helping Guelph’s return to the IBL after a one-year absence. Hare batted .414, finishing tied for second in the league in hitting. He also belted 10 home runs (fourth) and 36 RBI (also fourth), while stealing 19 bases (tied for third) and making just four errors in the field all season.

Darryl Pui (Photo: IBL)

The 30-year-old native of Guelph has been a mainstay on his hometown team for many years, and edged out Brantford Red Sox slugger Scott Thorman for the MVP honor. Hare received 29 votes, with Thorman getting 18. Outfielder Glen Jackson of the Toronto Maple Leafs finished third in voting with eight votes.

Caulfield was an immediate success in his first full IBL season. The Leafs right hander captured the league’s ERA crown with an impressive 1.96 mark, and posted a perfect 5-0 record with 60 strikeouts, the second most in the league.

The 26-year-old native of Toronto who played at Charleston College walked just 10 batters all season and became one of the club’s aces in his first full season of IBL play. He was a clear winner with 31 votes, with David Hatt of Guelph, Iggy Villalobos of Kitchener and James Amelotte of Ottawa all receiving eight votes for the award.

Thorman was a unanimous selection at first base, as was Hare at second base and Terrell Alliman of Branford in the outfield and left handed pitcher Brad Bissell of Barrie. Joining them on the first team were Jeff Cowan of Barrie (3B), Lee Delfino of Brantford (SS), Eitan Maoz of Ottawa (C), Jackson of Toronto and Ryan Spataro of Barrie (OF), Sean Reilly of Guelph (DH), Brandon Huffman of Ottawa (RHP) and Dave Teboekhorst of Guelph (manager).

Reilly, Delfino, Hare and Alliman are all repeats from last year’s first team All-Stars, while Bissell and Spataro were also All-Stars in 2011.The Brantford Red Sox, Guelph Royals and Barrie Baycats led the way with five selections each, while the Toronto Maple Leafs had three players selected.