2005 Weekly/Monthly and Yearly Awards
Mike Schmidt MVP and Pitcher/Fireman of the Year Awards
Second Half July 12 Through August 7
Week of August 2 - August 7
Week of July 26 - August 1
Week of July 19 - July 25
Week of July 12 - July 18
First Half Through July 11
Week of July 5 - July 11
Week of June 28 - July 4
Week of June 21 - June 27
Week of June 14 - June 20
Mike Schmidt MVP and Pitcher/Fireman of the Year Awards
Finalizing the 2005 CICL season is the announcement of the Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player Award and the corresponding Pitcher and Fireman of the Year Award. This year's winners are left-handed hitting outfielder Ryan Basham (Michigan State) of the Dubois County Bombers, left-handed starting pitcher Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State) of the Danville Dans and left-handed relief pitcher Bobby Mahon (Western Illinois) of the Quincy Gems.
Ryan Basham (Michigan State) had an outstanding summer at the plate and an errorless season in the field. He led the league in seven primary offensive categories, several by wide margins. In 46 games played, he was held hitless only 9 times. He had more than one hit 20 times, and in 10 of those games he had 3 or more hits. In 207 plate appearances, he struck out only 20 times while walking 30 times in addition to hitting safely 70 times.
The seven categories where Basham led the league were the .409 batting average which was 27 points ahead of the 2nd place hitter; his .643 slugging percentage was 67 points ahead; his .500 on-base percentage was 38 points ahead; his 70 hits were 5 ahead; his 110 total bases were 11 ahead; his 18 doubles were 2 ahead and his 46 RBI were 3 ahead of the rest of the league.
Basham also tied for 4th in home runs with 6; tied for 7th in runs with 34 and tied for 7th in walks with 30.
In other categories, the Lowell, Indiana, native led the league against right-handed pitchers at .410 and was 3rd against lefties at .408 dispelling the myth that lefties can't hit lefties; he led the league with a .517 average in RBI opportunities, 60 points better than anyone else; and his average with runners on base was .449, just one point behind the leader.
Basham, who will be a junior this fall at Michigan State, previously won the Player of the Week Award for weeks #3 and #4 as well as Player of the First Half.
Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State) had a very effective summer as a starting pitcher for the regular season champion Danville Dans, helping his team finish the regular season at 34-10. A left-hander, Byrd made 8 starts and finished with 6 decisions at 5 wins, 1 loss. His 1.91 ERA led the league by almost .2 of a run, or 10% better than the second place ERA leader.
Although a couple of other pitchers had slightly better won-loss records or more strikeouts, a significant reason Byrd captured the award is the fact that 27 of his 47 total innings pitched were on the road. No other pitcher with a comparable ERA, wins and innings pitched achieved their statistics on the road.
Ryan previously won the Pitcher of the Second Half award and Pitcher of the Week Award for week #5 of the season. Byrd is from Denham Springs, Louisiana, and will be a sophomore this fall at Louisiana State University.
Second Half July 12 Through August 7
The second of the summer's two Player of the Half Awards for the 2005 CICL season is shared among three players: Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) of the Twin City Stars and two players from the Quincy Gems, Jay Molina (Illinois State) and Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue) .
Dinkelman led the league in three offensive categories, slugging at .685, hits (tied) with 31 and total bases with 46. He was second in batting average at .425 (31-73), 5th in runs with 17, 4th in on-base percentage at .482, tied for 4th in homers with 3, tied for 3rd in triples with 2 and tied for 5th in doubles with 6.
Brian's strong second half enabled him to finish tied for 1st in hits with 65, tied for the lead in triples with 6, 2nd in total bases with 98, 3rd for the regular season in batting at .382 (65-170), 3rd in slugging at .576, 6th in on-base percentage at .438, tied for 6th in doubles with 12 and tied for 7th in runs with 32. Dinkelman also led all league shortstops in 2005 with 149 assists.
Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) is from Irvington, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois.
The Gems' Jay Molina (Illinois State) and Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue) were instrumental in the team's 16-4 (tied with Danville for best record in half) second half results, helping turn the team around from a 12-12 1st half to propel the Gems into the CICL Tournament as the #3 seed. In the second half, the Gems led the league in batting at .295, led in runs with 142, led in total bases with 283, led in slugging at .415 and led in stolen bases with 33.
For the half, Molina was 2nd in RBI with 21, 2nd in total bases with 46, 3rd in hits with 30, tied for 3rd in runs with 18, tied for 4th in homers with 3, 4th in slugging at .597, 6th in batting at .390 (30-77) and 8th in on-base percentage at .457.
His second half raised his season avaerage to .305 and his RBI total to 34, 5th in the league for the regular season.
Jay Molina (Illinois State) is from Moline, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Illinois State University.
Hilligoss shares the award with Dinkelman and Molina be cause he led the league in runs scored with 22, led in stolen bases with 11, was 3rd in RBI with 21, tied for 4th in homers with 3, 5th in slugging at .589, 5th in on-base percentage at .477, tied for 5th in hits with 28, tied for 5th in total bases with 43, tied for 5th in doubles with 6 and 8th in batting at .384 (28-73).
For the season, Hilligoss led the league in stolen bases with 20, led the league in runs scored with 39, was 3rd in RBI with 37, tied for 3rd in doubles with 14, 4th in total bases with 91, tied for 5th in homers with 5, 6th in hits with 58, 6th in average at .341 (58-170), 7th in slugging at .535 and 9th in on-base percentage at .422.
Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue) is from Windsor, Illinois, and will be a junior this fall at Purdue University. Hilligoss also won the Player of the Week Award for Week #7 earlier this season.
The Pitcher of the Half Award for the season's second half of play is shared between two pitchers from the 2005 regular season champions, the Danville Dans, right-hander Dan Sattler (Purdue) and left-hander Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State) .
The Dans second half strength was due to its pitching staff, going 16-4 (tied with Gems for best record in the half), the Dans led the league in ERA at 1.93, more than .7 runs better than runner-up East Peoria, led in batting avaerage against at .214, allowed just one single home run and only 20 extra-base hits overall, tossed 6 shutouts and struck out 169 batters in 172.2 innings. Sattler and Byrd played major roles in that team effort.
For the half Byrd led the league in wins with 4 in 4 starts, including one complete game shutout. Two other starts resulted in team shutouts. His 0.61 ERA was 2nd to Sattler, and his 29.1 innings calculates to almost 7.5 innings per start. Batters hit only .162 and struck out 20 times. Of the 17 hits Byrd allowed, only 2 were for extra bases, both doubles.
Byrd finished the regular season with a 5-1 record, tied with 5 others for the most wins, 3rd in ERA at 1.91 among qualifying pitchers and 6th in opposing batting average at .202.
Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State) is from Denham Springs, Louisiana, and will be sophomore this fall at Louisiana State University. Byrd previously won the Pitcher of the Week Award for Week #5 this season.
Sattler led the league in the second half with a paltry 0.35 ERA in 4 starts, earning a 3-0 record over 26 innings pitched. He struck out 28 hitters, 3rd in the league for the half, and hitters averaged only .191 against his offereings. Of the 18 hits allowed, Sattler also gave up only 2 extra-base hits, a double and a triple. Two of his starts resulted in team shutouts.
For the regular season, Sattler finished tied for the the best won-loss record in the league at 5-0 (with teammate Chad Crosswhite (Mississippi State) ), finished 5th in ERA at 2.28 among qualifying pitchers and 5th in strikeouts with 49.
Dan Sattler (Purdue) is from West Lafayette, Indiana, and will be a junior this fall at Purdue University.
Week #8, August 7, 2005
The CICL Player of the Week Award for the 8th and final week of the season goes to infielder Tim Swanson (Benedictine) of the DuPage County Dragons.
Swanson joined the Dragons on July 29 as one of several players the team added due to injuries and other player commitments. He made his short stay in the CICL a very productive one.
For the week, Swanson led the league in batting average at .563 (9-16), led in slugging at .938, led in on-base percentage at .611, led in RBI with 7, led in triples with 3, tied for 3rd in total bases with 15 and tied for 2nd in hits with 9.
Swanson went to Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Illinois, and will be a sophomore this fall at Benedictine College.
The Pitcher of the Week Award for the final week goes to another relative newcomber to the league, DuPage County right-hander Brian Wyatt (Texas Tech) .
Wyatt joined the Dragons in mid-July and made 4 starts and 5 appearances overall. He wins the weekly award on the strength of a 7-inning complete game shutout over the Twin City Stars in the first game of a doubleheader on August 5. In that game, the Amarillo, Texas, native allowed just 3 hits and faced only 4 batters above the minimum.
Wyatt will be a senior this fall at Texas Tech University.
Week #7, August 1, 2005
The CICL Player of the Week Award for the 7th week of the season goes to infielder Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue) of the Quincy Gems.
Playing in 4 games during the week, the native of Windsor, Illinois, led the league is several offensive categories in helping the Gems go 5-1. His league-leading statistics included batting avaerage at .611 (11-18), slugging percentage at 1.111, on-base percentage at .667, runs scored with 9, total bases with 20, and tying for the league lead with 2 home runs and 5 stolen bases. He was also second in triples with 3, 3rd in RBI with 8 and tied for 3rd in hits with 11. Mitch raised his season batting average to .344, 7th in the league. Hilligoss will be junior this fall at Purdue.
The CICL Pitcher of the Week Award is shared this week between Eric Theisen (Illinois State) of the Twin City Stars and Matt Whitmore (Illinois) of the East Peoria Scrappers.
Theisen pitched 8 innings of shutout baseball in the Stars' July 29 2-0 shutout win over Galesburg. The right-hander from Adrian, Michigan, struck out 12 Pioneers in his 8 innings of work, scattering 6 hits, all singles. Eric will be a junior this fall at Illinois State University.
Whitmore pitched a 7 inning complete game shutout over the Galesburg Pioneers in the first game of a doubleheader on July 28, allowing 4 hits and striking out 13 batters. Also a right-hander, Matt is from Prospect, Indiana, and will be a senior this fall at the University of Illinois.
Week #6, July 25, 2005
The CICL Player of the Week Award for the 6th week of the season goes to outfielder/relief pitcher Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) of the Danville Dans.
Moreland will be a sophomore this fall at Mississippi State University and hails from Smithville, Mississippi. For the year, Moreland is batting .303 and has 5 saves with a 1-1 record.
This week's Pitcher of the Week Award goes to East Peoria Scrappers' right-hander Dallas Sims (Lincoln Trail CC) .
For short Week #5 of the 2005 season, the Player of the Week Award goes to Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) of the DuPage County Dragons.
O'Connor, who has caught and played infield and outfield for the Dragons, batted .471 (8-17); tied for the league lead in slugging at 1.000; was 2nd in RBI with 5; led in hits with 8; tied for the lead in doubles with 4; tied for the lead in homers with 2; and led by far in total bases with 17. For the season, O'Connor is now batting .279. Ruairi will be a sophomore this fall at Florida State and hails from Oak Park, Illinois.
The Pitcher of the Week Award goes to Danville left-handed starting pitcher Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State).
Byrd earned the honor by pitching a 9-inning, 4-hit shutout over the Galesburg Pioneers on July 17, striking out 11 batters. He retired 23 straight hitters at one point during the game. for the season, Byrd is now 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings. Ryan will be a sophomore this fall at Louisiana State and hails from Denham Springs, Louisiana.
The first of the summer's two Player of the Half Awards for the 2005 CICL season goes to Dubois County Bombers outfielder Ryan Basham. The left-handed hitting junior-to-be at Michigan State University bombed CICL pitching as if he was still using an aluminum bat. Basham has garnered 2 of the 4 Player of the Week Awards so far this season in amassing some amazing statistics that helped the Bombers to a 17-8 first half record, good enough for second place, 1.5 games behind Danville. His Player of the Week honors didn't even cover the record-setting first week of the season where he swatted 2 grand slams in the same game.
In five offensive categories, Basham is quite a bit ahead of the rest of the league. His .444 batting average is 55 points ahead of the second leading average; his .532 on-base percentage is 37 points in the lead; his 28 RBI are 5 ahead; his 40 hits are 5 up; and his 59 total bases are 6 better than the second place competitor. He is also tied for 2 nd in home runs with 4, tied for 3 rd in runs with 21, 2 nd in slugging at .656, and 7 th in doubles with 7. For good measure, Ryan has also played without error in the field and has one outfield assist.
The Pitcher of the Half Award for the season's first half of play goes to another Bomber, right-handed throwing Kyle Jones. In the half, Jones made 5 starts and pitched 34 innings, or just under 7 innings per start. His ERA of 0.79 led the league, and his 3-0 record was one of only 3 starting pitchers who had 3 more wins than losses. Jones led the league in strikeouts with 38, was 3 rd in innings with 34 and limited hitters to a .160 average, 2 nd best of qualifying pitchers (averaging 1 inning pitched per game played by his team).
Jones hails from New Baden, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at SIU – Edwardsville.
In week #4 of the 2005 season, two players share Player of the Week Honors, Ryan Basham of the Dubois County Bombers and C.J. Webb of the East Peoria Scrappers.
Basham earned the honor for the second week in a row by leading the league in hitting at .571 (12-21); leading in on-base percentage at .615; leading in hits with 12; and leading in RBI with 9. The left-handed hitting outfielder who attends Michigan State also slugged at .714 (5 th ), had 3 doubles (2 nd ), and 15 (6 th ) total bases for the week to help the Bombers to a 3-3 record for the week.
Webb earned his first weekly award of the season by batting .524 (11-21, 2 nd ); getting on-base at .600 (2 nd ); banging out 11 hits (2 nd ); slugging at .810 (3 rd ); knocking in 7 runs (3 rd ); hitting 3 doubles (2 nd ); and getting 17 total bases (2 nd ). The right-handed hitting infielder is from Mascoutah, Illinois, and will be senior this fall at Ball State University. The Scrappers were 3-2 for the week.
Pitcher of the Week honors are shared between two pitchers in Week #4, both of them first-time winners in 2005, Jeff Gerbe from the Springfield Rifles and Bobby Mahon of the Quincy Gems.
Gerbe, a right-hander from Shelby Township, Michigan, who attends Michigan State with co-Player of the Week Ryan Basham, earned his share of the weekly honor as a result of his 9-inning complete game 1-0 shutout over the Quincy Gems on July 7. In that game, Gerbe allowed only 5 hits, struck out 5 and faced only 6 batters over the minimum. It was Gerbe's first victory of the season for the struggling Rifles, but his performance lowered his season ERA to 1.89, 5 th best in the league among qualifying pitchers.
Mahon, a left-hander who is used exclusively in relief, earned his share of the honor by making 3 appearances during the week, winning 2 and saving the third. In his 6.1 innings of work, the senior-to-be from Quincy, Illinois, allowed only 2 hits and 1 run, and faced only 2 batters over the minimum required for 6.1 innings of work. Mahon has been almost as effective all season. His 12 appearances covering 9.1 innings pitched have earned him a 4-1 record with 2 saves representing half of the Gems 12 first-half victories. Mahon attends Western Illinois University.
The Player of the Week award for the Week #3 of the 2005 season goes to Ryan Basham of the Dubois County Bombers. For the week, the Lowell, Indiana, native batted .423 (11-26), had a slugging percentage of .615, was on base at a .516 percentage, scored 10 runs, drove in 7, had a homer and 16 total bases. His stats were in the top 5 players in 7 offensive categories.
Earlier this season, the outfielder from Michigan State set a league record by hitting 2 grand slams in the same game. For the season through July 4, Basham is now 2nd in average at .406 (28-69), tied for 2nd in slugging at .638, 2nd in on-base percentage at .506, leads the league in runs with 19, leads the league in hits with 28, leads the league in RBI with 19, is tied for the lead in homers with 4 and tied for the lead in total bases with 44. Ryan will be a junior this fall for the Spartans.
The Pitcher of the Week award for Week #3 goes to DuPage County Dragon right-hander Miles Morgan.
Player and Pitcher of the Week honors in Week #2, June 21-27, of the 2005 CICL season were announced today. The Player of the Week award this week goes to Justin Snyder of the Danville Dans.
The CICL Player of the Week for games played June 14-20 has
been selected. Outfielder Shane Elenz of the East Peoria Scrappers captures this year's first weekly award by leading the league in several offensive categories: batting average at .611 (11-18), slugging at .889, on-base percentage at .606, and hits with 11. Elenz was tied for 1st with 7 runs scored, tied for 3rd in RBI with 7, and tied for 2nd in total bases with 16. Elenz attended Maple Woods Community College this past spring and hails from Smithville, Missouri. Elenz' output helped the Scrappers off to a promising 4-2 start in their first week in the league.