2008 Weekly/Monthly and Yearly Awards

 

Second Half, August 10, 2008

Week of August 4 - August 10, 2008

Week of July 28 - August 3, 2008

Week of July 21 - July 27, 2008

Week of July 14 - July 20, 2008

Week of July 7 - July 13, 2008

First Half, July 6, 2008

Week of June 30 - July 6

Week of June 23 - June 29

Week of June 16 - June 22

Week of June 5 - June 15


Second Half, August 10, 2008

The Player of the Second Half of the 2008 CICL season is the same player that earned the first half award, Danville Dans second baseman Dan Kaczrowski. In the half, Kaczrowksi led the league in batting at .375 (39-104), led in runs with 24, led in hits with 39, was 2nd in total bases with 48, 2nd in on-base percentage at .445, 5th in slugging at .462, was 2nd in stolen bases with 9 and was 8th in RBI with 15 despite batting leadoff or 2nd in most of the games of the second half. The right-handed hitting second baseman finished the regular season leading the league in batting at .402, leading in hits with 78 (a new league record, with at least 2 tournament games left to play) and leading in on-base percentage at .463. Dan is from St. Anthony, Minnesota, and will be a senior this fall at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Pitcher of the Second Half is Danville Dans right-hander Chris Licon. In the half, Licon was 4-0 with an impressive 0.30 ERA to lead the league in both categories. He was 2nd in the league in innings with 30, 2nd in batting average-against at .189 and was 2nd in strikeouts with 26. Licon joined the Dans in late June just before the start of the second half. He is from Pomona, California, and will be a sophomore this fall at Orange Coast Community College.

Week #9, August 3, 2008

The Players of the Week for the 9th and last week of the regular 2008 season are Thomas McCormick of the Quincy Gems and Elliott Soto of the Springfield Sliders. For the week, McCormick led the league in total bases with 16, led in hits with 9, led in doubles with 4, was tied for 2nd in runs with 4, was 5th in slugging at .667, 7th in batting at .375 and was one of 5 players who homered during the week . An outfielder from Kingwood, Texas, McCormick will be a senior this fall at Missouri Science and Tech in Rolla, Missouri.

The Springfield Sliders played only 3 games during the week, but in those games Elliott Soto was 7-10 for a .700 batting average. Soto was 3rd in slugging at .700, 1st in on-base percentage at .700 and tied for 3rd in hits with 7. An infielder, Soto is from Algonquin, Illinois, and will be a sophomore this fall at Creighton University.

The Pitcher of the Week this week is right-hander Chris Licon of the Danville Dans, who claimed two victories this week during the Dans stretch drive to the second half title. Chris started and won a game against the Springfield Sliders on August 4, going 6 innings and allowing only a single unearned run on 5 hits while fanning 6 in the Dans 7-1 victory. Four days later on August 8, Licon came in in relief and pitched 4 shutout innings while allowing only 1 hit, fanning 6 more as the Dans and Licon earned a 4-3 victory, clinching the title with the win. Licon is from Pomona, California, and will be a sophomore this fall at Orange Coast Community College.

Week #8, August 3, 2008

The Player of the Week Award for the week of July 27 - August 3 is shared between two players: Dan Kaczrowski of the Danville Dans and Jon Myers of the Quincy Gems.

Kaczrowski wins a share by leading the league in batting at .520 (13-25), leading in hits with 13, leading in total bases with 17, tying for the lead in runs with 6, finishing 2nd in on-base percentage at .552 and finishing 4th in slugging at .680. This is the second weekly award for Kaczrowski this summer; Dan was also the Player of the First Half season. For the entire season, Dan leads the leagus in batting at .410, on-base percentage at .459, hits with 73 (25 more than the nearest player) and in stolen bases with 21. The right-handed hitting Kaczrowski will be a senior this fall at Hamline University.

Myers wins a share of the award by leading the league with 9 RBI, leading in slugging at .833, tying for the lead in homers with 2, tying for 4th in batting at .333 (6-18), finishing 3rd in total bases with 15 and finishing 2nd in doubles with 3. This is also Myers' second weekly award this summer. For the season, Myers leads the league in homers with 13, leads in total bases with 99, leads in slugging at .607 and leads in total runs with 38. Myers is from St. Peters, Missouri, and will enter St. Louis University this fall as a junior.

The Pitcher of the Week award is also shared this week - between Brian Stroud of the DuPage Dragons and Matt Bywater of the Danville Dans.

Stroud, a right-hander who has made 7 starts and 2 relief appearances, lowered his league leading ERA this week to 1.23 with 7 innings of solid pitching in a 4-1 win over Springfield on July 28. In that game, Stroud allowed 4 hits, 1 unearned run and struck out 4 to raise his season record to 3-3. The sophomore-to-be at Western Michigan hails from Joilet, Illinois

Bywater, a left-hander who has made 7 starts and 3 relief appearances, earns a share of the award from starting and pitching 6 shutout innings in a victory over DuPage on July 31. In that game, the lefty from Thousand Oaks, California, allowed 4 hits and struck out 8 to even his record at 3-3 for the season. Bywater will be a sophomore this fall at Pepperdine University.

Week #7, July 27, 2008

The Player of the Week for the 7th week of the 2008 season is Quincy Gems outfielder Alex Acheson. In 4 games this week, Alex batted .500 (7-14), had a slugging percentage of .714, had an on-base percentage of .632, led the league in hits with 7, led in RBI with 7, led in total bases with 10 and reached by being hit by a pitch 4 times. Acheson is from Champaign, Illinois, and will be a junior this fall at the University of Evansville.

The Pitcher of the Week is left-hander Andrew Beatty of the DuPage County Dragons. Andrew wins the award this week on the strength of 8 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over the Gems at Quincy on July 23. Beatty struck out 7 and allowed only 3 singles in the "gem" of an outing. Andrew is from Aurora, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at SIU-Edwardsville.

Week #6, July 20, 2008

The CICL Player of the week for the week of July 14-20 is left-handed hitting outfielder Eric Hanlon of the Dubois County Bombers. For the week, Hanlon tied for 4th in the league in hitting at .429 (9-21), was 2nd in slugging at .619, tied for 2nd in hits with 9, tied for 2nd in total bases with 13, was 4th in RBI with 5, tied for the lead in triples with 1, tied for 4th in doubles with 2 and tied for 4th in runs with 4. Eric is from Arlington, Texas, and will be a senior this fall at Arkansas - Little Rock.

This week's Pitcher of the Week award goes to right-hander Chris Licon of the Danville Dans. Licon made a relief appearance and a start during the week, pitching a total of 7.2 innings, went 1-0 and allowed only 1 run while walking none, fanning 4 and allowing no extra base hits. In his start, Chris pitched 6 innings before giving way to relief in a 12-3 victory over Dubois on July 19 after having ptched 1.2 innings of relief 2 days earlier. Licon is from Pomona, California, and will be a sophomore this fall at Orange Coast Community College.

Week #5, July 13, 2008

The Week #5 Player of the Week honor is shared between two DuPage County Dragons, Kevin Tokarski and Jordan Tokarz. In 8 games, the Dragons scored a whopping total of 49 runs, going 4-2 for the week.

Tokarski led the league in hitting at .476 (10-21), tied for the lead in hits with 10, tied in total bases with 14, led in triples with 2, was 2nd in slugging at .667, tied for 3rd in runs with 6, and 3rd in on-base percentage at .520. A R/R infielder, Kevin hails from Downers Grove, Illinois, and will be a sophomore this fall at Illinois State University.

Jordan Tokarz won a share of this week's honor by finishing 2nd in batting at .450 (9-20), leading in slugging at .700, tying for the lead in total bases with 14, tying for 3rd in hits with 9 and tying for 5th in RBI with 5. Also a R/R infielder, Tokarz is from Naperville, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Eastern Illinois University.

Pitcher of the Week for Week #5 is also a senior-to-be at Eastern Ilinois University. Right-hander Brian Morrell of the Quincy Gems, also a Quincy native, captured the award this week by going 1-0 in his only appearance, pitching 9 innings and allowing only 2 hits in a 5-1 10 inning victory over the Danville Dans at Danville on July 9. The Dans did score an unearned run in the game, but Morrell struck out 5 Dans and walked nobody, facing only 2 batters over the minimum over the 9 innings. Morrell improved his record for the season to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.81.

First Half, July 6, 2008

The CICL Player of the First Half is Danville Dans' second baseman Dan Kaczrowski who leads the league this season in 5 offensive categories and is second or third in 5 other categories. He leads the league in average at .433 (39-90), 66 points ahead of the nearest competitor; he also leads the league in on-base percentage at .485, hits with 39, triples with 3, and stolen bases with 12. He is second in slugging at .600, second in total bases with 54, tied for third in runs with 17, tied for third in RBI with 19 and tied for fourth in doubles with 6. He has the league's longest hitting streak this season at 16 games, a streak that began June 12 and ended July 5. During that streak, Dan was 31-62 (.500) and in 11 of the 16 games, he got at least 2 hits. His best game was a 5-5 at Dubois County on June 26. The right-handed hitter from St. Anthony, Minnesota, who was also Player of the Week in Week #3, will be a senior this fall at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Pitcher of the First Half honor is co-awarded to the only two pitchers with perfect 4-0 records so far this season, right-handers Bryce Butt and Bryce Shafer of the Springfield Sliders. The two Bryces played a big role in leading the Sliders to their current 19-4 record, a full 7 games ahead of second-place DuPage. Both Butt and Shafer have made 5 starts, tied for the league lead with 5 other pitchers. Butt's ERA of 1.82 is third in the league and Shafer's 2.03 is fifth. Butt leads the league in innings with 34.2 while Shafer is tied for third with 31 innings. Shafer is first in strikeouts with 43 and Butt is second with 32. Batters hit .219 off of Shafer and .229 off of Butt, fifth and seventh in the league respectively. Bryce Butt is from Omaha, Nebraska, and will enter Ohio University this fall as a junior. Shafer is from Wabash, Indiana, and will be a sophomore this fall at Valparaiso University. Shafer previously won Pitcher of the Week honors in Week #3 of the season.

Week #4, July 6, 2008

This week's Player of the Week Award goes to Jon Myers, shortstop for the Quincy Gems. In 5 Gems games this week, Myers hit 3 of his league-leading 8 homers. The second place leader in homers so far this season has only 3 in total. Myers also led the league this week in runs scored with 8, slugging at .900 and in total bases with 18. He also batted .400 (8-20), drove in 4 and was on-base at a .478 pace. For the season, besides leading the league in homers, the right-hnded hitting Myers leads in total bases with 59 and in slugging at .628. Myers is from St. Peters, Missouri, and will enter St. Louis University this fall as a junior.

Pitcher of the Week this week is right-handed starting pitcher Chad Edwards of the Dubois County Bombers. In earning this week's honor, Edwards made 1 start and pitched 7 innings of 3-hit shutout baseball at DuPage on June 30, leading the Bombers to a 6-0 victory over the Dragons. Edwards fanned 4 in the effort which improved his overall record to 2-0 in 4 starts so far this season. Edwards hails from Paducah, Kentucky, and will be a senior this fall at Middle Tennessee State University.

Week #3, June 30, 2008

The Player of the Week Award for games played from June 23-29 goes to infielder Dan Kaczrowski of the Danville Dans. The St. Anthony, Minnesota, native led the league in batting for the week at .533 (16-30), on-base percentage at .588, hits with 16, total bases with 19, was 3rd in slugging at .633 and was 3rd in RBI with 6. The right-handed hitting Kaczrowski will be a senior this fall at Hamline University.

The Pitcher of the Week Award is shared between a starting pitcher and a reliever. Starting pitcher Bryce Shafer of the Springfield Sliders earns a share of the award from pitching 6 shutout innings against the Quincy Gems at Quincy on June 26, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 9 and earning the victory. Shafer improved his record to 3-0 with the win and lowered his ERA to 1.80. The right-hander hails from Wabash, Indiana, and will be a sophomore this fall at Valparaiso.

Also earning a share of this week's award is reliever Chase Joiner of the Dubois County Bombers. During the week, the right-hander from John A. Logan College made 4 appearances and earned 3 saves in 4 innings pitched, allowing only one hit in total with no runs. Joiner, who now leads the league with 4 saves on the season, is from Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Week #2, June 23, 2008

In Week #2 of the 2008 season, we have triple winners in both the Player and Pitcher of the Week Awards. Four of the 6 players are from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Co-Players of the Week this week are all three from the Springfield Sliders, all instrumental in leading the Sliders to a 5-2 record for the week to extend the league's newest franchise to 11-3 on the year with a 3.5 game lead. The co-winners are Jimmy Swift, Dennis Vaughn and Vicente Cafaro.

Jimmy Swift, an infielder from Creighton University, batted .478 (11-23) in 7 games, drove in 7 runs, had 3 doubles and 14 total bases. Swift hails from West Des Moines, Iowa, and will be a sophomore this fall.

Dennis Vaughn, an outfielder from Bowling Green State University, batted .435 (10-23) in 7 games, drove in 8 runs, had 4 doubles and had 14 total bases. Vaughn will be a junior this fall and is from Kirtland, Ohio.

Rounding out the triple winners, Vicente Cafaro, an infielder also from Creighton, also batted .435 (10-23), had 13 RBI, 3 doubles and 6 total bases. Cafaro will be a senior this fall and hails from Maracay, Venezuela.

Co-Pitchers of the Week are Jonas Dufek ot the Springfield Sliders, and Greg Hellhake and Devin VanBrooker of the Quincy Gems.

Dufek pitched a 7 inning complete game victory over the Dubois County Bombers on June 19, allwing only an unearned run on 4 hits. The right-hander, another player from Creighton University, is from Omaha, Nebraska, and will be a sophomore this fall for the Bluejays.

Left-handed starter Greg Hellhake of the Gems was also 1-0 for the week, pitching 7 innings without allowing an earned run, only 4 hits, against the Danville Dans, also on June 19. This week is "Creighton celebration week" as Hellhake is also a Bluejay who hails from Quincy, Illinois. Greg will be a junior this fall.

Rounding out the triple winner list is reliever Devin VanBrooker, who made 3 appearances during the week, winning once and saving two other games. His 3 appearances totaled 4.1 innings, and the left-hander from Augusta, Illinois, allowed only 3 hits and no runs in having a hand in 3 Gems wins. Devin will be a sophomore this fall at Lake County Community College.

Week #1, June 16, 2008

Opening week of the 2008 CICL season was a long week, extending from opening day on June 5 through Father's Day, June 15. The number of games played ranged from 7 for the Springfield Sliders to 9 for the DuPage County Dragons.

The Player of the Week honor for the first week goes to Rich Gorman of the Dubois County Bombers. Gorman started and played in 6 of the Bombers 8 games for the week, and led the league in several offensive categories: batting average at .652 (15-23), slugging at .913, on-base percentage at .679, hits with 15, doubles with 6, total bases with 21, and RBI with 8 (tied for the lead). Gorman, a switch-hitting infielder, is from Los Altos, California, and will be a senior this fall at California - Berkely.

The first Pitcher of the Week honor for 2008 goes to another Dubois County Bomber, left-hnaded starting pitcher Jarrett Casey. For the week, Casey was 2-0 in 2 starts, pitcing a total of 14 innings and not allowing an earned run. He allowed 10 hits, fanned 5 and walked 5. Casey's 2 victories were the Bombers only wins of the opening week. Jarrett will be a junior this fall at Indiana University, and hails from Indianapolis.