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WMBL 2018 Awards Announced

08/01/2018 11:07 AM -


WMBL 2018 Awards Announced

 

For immediate Release

August 1, 2018

 

WMBL President Kevin Kvame announced the 2018 League Award winners today. The winners were voted on by selected officials from each team. The selection process was done after a very competitive season that saw entertaining baseball played throughout the WMBL. 

 

 

Most Valuable Player - Corey Wheaton (Weyburn)

Corey Wheaton from the Weyburn Beavers was named the WMBL MVP. The Scottsdale, AZ product had a spectacular season. He played in 45 games and had a.372 batting average and tied for the league lead with 30 stolen bases. The senior from the University of Mobile also had 11 doubles and three home runs and 15 RBI. 

 

 

Rookie of the Year - Kaleb Warden (Lethbridge)

Lethbridge’s Kaleb Warden was awarded WMBL Rookie of the Year honours. Warden who attends the University of Arkansas at Monticello had an impressive his first season in the WMBL. Warden hit .369 with eight doubles and seven homers. He also registered 38 RBI and 18 walks. 

 

 

Canadian Rookie - Jaret Semeniuk (Lethbridge)

A native of Edmonton, AB, Jaret Semeniuk impressed baseball fans around the WMBL with both his glove and bat. Semeniuk, a freshman with the Prairie Baseball Academy, saw action in 30 games in 2018. Overall the catcher hit .371 with 12 RBI and seven doubles. 

 

Coach of the Year - Andrew Murphy (Medicine Hat)

Andrew Murphy led the Medicine Hat Mavericks to the President’s Cup finishing first overall in the WMBL. Under Murphy’s direction the Mavericks amassed a 38-9 record. They also finished the season with eight wins in their final 10 games. 

 

Outstanding Achievement Award - Riley MacDonald (Brooks)

Riley MacDonald set a new WMBL single season home run record as he hit 20 round trippers in just 138 at bats.

 

Honourable Mention - Craig Smith (Okotoks)

Okotoks closer Craig Smith had 15 saves, which set a new WMBL record for most saves in a single season. 

 

 

 

WMBL Award Winners 

 

Most Valuable Player 

Corey Wheaton -  Weyburn

 

Rookie of the Year 

Kaleb Warden - Lethbridge

 

Canadian Rookie 

Jaret Semeniuk - Lethbridge

 

 Coach of the Year 

Andrew Murphy - Medicine Hat 

 

Outstanding Achievement Award - Riley MacDonald (Brooks)

Honourable Mention - Craig Smith (Okotoks)

 

 

 

WMBL All-Stars

The Okotoks Dawgs led the WMBL with 10 league all-star selections (7 first team and 3 second team). 

 

Eastern Division champion Weyburn followed with six selections (2 first team and 4 second team).

 

The League’s top team, the Medicine Hat Mavericks placed three first team and two second all-stars. 

 

Swift Current had two second team all-stars. Lethbridge (1 first teams and 1 second team) and Brooks (2 second team) also had two players chosen to the all-star squads. 

 

Yorkton and Regina each had one member make the all-star team. 

 

Moose Jaw, Edmonton, Melville and Fort McMurray did not have a representative named to either team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 WMBL All-Stars

 

Outfielders 

First Team

Collin Ridout - Okotoks 

Corey Wheaton - Weyburn 

William Hollis - Okotoks

 

Second Team

David Salgueiro - Medicine Hat

Wade Weinburger - Weyburn 

Blake Adams - Swift Current

 

Third Base 

First Team

Nate DeChaine - Okotoks

 

Second Team

Dylan Borman - Lethbridge

 

Shortstop 

First Team

Carson Johnson - Medicine Hat 

 

Second Team

Felix Correa - Weyburn 

 

Second Base 

First Team

Nolan Rattai - Medicine Hat 

 

Second Team

Eddie Sanchez - Okotoks

 

 

First Base 

First Team

Kaleb Warden - Lethbridge

 

Second Team

Bo McClintock - Swift Current 

 

 

Catcher 

First Team

Colton Wright - Medicine Hat 

 

Second Team

Riley MacDonald - Brooks 

 

 

Designated Hitter 

First Team

Nate DeChaine -  Okotoks

 

Second Team

Corey Harrell - Weyburn

 

 

Utility Player

First Team

Eddie Sanchez - Okotoks 

 

Second Team

Zach Lehman - Brooks 

 

 

Starting Pitchers 

First Team

Cody Ebert - Okotoks

Ryan Johnson - Weyburn 

Owen Steele - Yorkton 

 

Second Team

Brock Townsend - Okotoks

Mason Swegarden - Okotoks 

Jumpei Akanuma - Medicine Hat 

 

 

Relief Pitchers 

First Team

Dustin Schorle - Okotoks 

 

Second Team

Anthony Race - Regina

 

 

Closing Pitchers 

First Team

Craig Smith -  Okotoks

 

Second Team

Eric Evans - Weyburn