These Are Your MVPs

January 9, 2018

As we look ahead to 2018, folks across Europe are being recognized for their accomplishments in the 2017 season. While some organizations have ceremonies yet to come, many have already handed out their top awards.

 

Austria

 

Baseball

Championship MVP:

Ryan Rupp - Attnang-Puchheim Athletics
 

Eastern Division

Best Batter: Andrew Schenk - Stock City Cubs

Best Pitcher: Christian Tomsich - Vienna Wanderers

MVP: Eric Grabe - Traiskirchen Grasshoppers

 

Gold Gloves:
Pitcher: Chance Hicks - Vienna Metrostars
Catcher: Chet Lauer - Vienna Wanderers
1st Base: John David Little II - Traiskirchen Grasshoppers
2nd Base: Moritz Scheicher - Wr. Neustadt Diving Ducks
3rd Base: Hubert Weiser - Vienna Metrostars
Shortstop: Eric Grabe - Traiskirchen Grasshoppers
Left Field: Andrew Oberthaler - Vienna Wanderers
Center Field: Tobias Schermer - Vienna Metrostars
Right Field: Maximilian Wenger-Oehn - Vienna Wanderers

 

Coach of the Year: Hiroyuki Sakanashi Vienna Wanderers 

 

Western Division

Best Batter: Anthony Lopez - Dornbirn Indians

Best Pitcher: Ryan Rupp - Attnang-Puchheim Athletics

MVP: Steven Johnson - Attnang-Puchheim Athletics

Pitcher Michael Calkins - Dornbirn Indians
Catcher Andre Gruber - Attnang-Puchheim Athletics
1st Base Michael Salzmann - Dornbin Indians
2nd Base Jose Ruiz - Hintergrund Hard Bulls
3rd Base Martin Gruber -Attnang-Puchheim Athletics
Shortstop Erwin Vals Frias - Hintergrund Hard Bulls
Center field Joachim Frick - Dornbirn Indians
Right field Richard Kranabetter - Hintergrund Hard Bulls

 

Coach of the Year: David Burns Attnang-Puchheim Athletics
 

Softball

Best Batter - Lindsey Thomas - Vienna Wanderers

Best Pitcher - Julia Morrow - Sharx

MVP - Martina Lackner - Witches Linz 

 

Golden Gloves:

Pitcher - Amber Shisler - Witches Linz
Catcher - Ina Kaindl - Wr. Neustadt Crazy Chichlets
1st Base - Chiara Voglsam - Witches Linz
2nd Base - Verena Ponweiser - Wr. Neustadt Crazy Chichlets
3rd Base - Lauren DuToit - Vienna Wanderers
Shortstop - Mara Benckendorff - Wr. Neustadt Crazy Chichlets
Left field - Emi Mittmannsgruber - Pee Wees St. Pölten
Center field - Lisa Rachbauer - Witches Linz
Right field - Louise McGarry - Wr. Neustadt Crazy Chichlets

 

Czech Republic

 

Baseball

Top Pitcher - Brammer Dylan Michael – Skokani Olomouc 

Top Batter - Hejma Matej – Eagles Praha 

 

Softball

 

Men

Best Batter - Patrik Kopečný from Žraloci Ledenice

Best Pitcher - Michael Holobradek of the Hippos

Playoff MVP -  Michael Holobradek of the Hippos

 

 

Women

Best Batter - Lucie Halakucova -  Žraloci Ledenice

Best Pitcher - Veronika Peckova - Žraloci Ledenice

Playoff MVP -  Lucie Halakucova -  Žraloci Ledenice

 

Finland

Awards Ceremony takes place on January 13, 2018

 

France

 

Baseball

Best Batter: Jacques Boucheron - Montpellier Barracudas  

Best ERA :Owen Ozanich - Rouen Huskies  

Best W/L Record: Jean Carlos Granados - Rouen Huskies

MVP Jonathan Jaspe - Rouen Huskies 

 

Softball

 

Men

Best hitter: Henri Francois - Montpellier Barracudas 

Best pitcher: Sebastien Gervasutti - Cavigal Nice

MVP: Juan Carlos Macia - Montpellier Barracudas
 

Women

Best hitter: Pauline Prade - Toulon Comaches

Best pitcher: Sarah Benchali - Toulon Comaches

Final MVP: Céline Lassaigne - Toulon Comaches

 

Germany

 

Baseball

Awards were handed out in both the North and South division of the Bundesliga I.

 

North Division

MVP: Maurice Wilhelm (pictured above), of the Bonn Capitals, played 1st and pitched 30 innings over 10 games where he gave up just two earned runs earning him a .30 ERA. He also struck out 31 batters. On offense he had 22 hits, 3 homers and 14 runs as well as 29 RBIs. And that was just the first half of the season.

 

During interleague play, new this year as a play down format in the Bundesliga, Wilhelm pitched another 39.1 innings and offensively racked up 11 more runs off 28 hits over 90 plate appearances. He had 6 more dingers, knocking in his teammates 25 more times as well.

 

Best Pitcher: Lefty Dustin Ward - Hamburg Stealers  

 

Best Batter: The Dohren Wild Farmers, who were new to the Bundesliga I this year, had the best batter in the North. Caleb Fenimore, a 26-year old American from Rushville, Indianam hit .424 in 24 games with 8 homers and 5 doubles.

 

South Division

MVP: Gary Owens - Heidenheim Heideköpfe 

 

Best Pitcher: 26-year old LHP Ryan Bollinger, who was born in California and played for the Munich-Haar Disciples in 2017, had 18 Ks in a single game! That helped him reach a new Bundesliga record of 178 strikeouts in the regular season; 14 over the record set just four years ago. Bollinger had a 10-1 record and a .76 ERA. Over 106 innings he allowed just 12 walks. Ryan pitched 4 shutouts and 6 complete games. The opposition batting average against him sat at a measly .145 over 13 starts.

 

Best Batter: As if being both player and coach weren’t enough Max Boldt became the Best Batter, not just for the Mainz Athletics, but the whole Southern division. He posted a .471 batting average with 11 homeruns – 6 of which were scored as twin sets over 3 games - 41 RBIs and 25 walks. Six times in the regular season he had at least 3 hits/game.

 

Hungary

Baseball

MVP - Dániel Erdélyi - Budapest Reds

 

Softball

MVP - Éva Papacsek - Hungarian Astros

 

 

Italy

Awards ceremony on January 27, 2018

 

The Netherlands

 

Baseball

The batting award is divided between accomplishments and for the second year running Aruban catcher Gianison Boekhoudt, from Curaçao Neptunus, won the title of Homerun King with 8 dingers on the year. Rick Kuipers, of Pickles UVV, took home the Stolen Bases award with 14.

 

Best Pitcher – L&D Amsterdam pitcher Rob Cordemans receives his 10th Best Pitcher title since 1999 tying a 46 year old record. With an ERA of 1.58 on the season he remained unbeaten throughout the 2017 season racking up a 10-0 record in the regular season. Cordemans held the opposition to a .180 average, giving up just 13 runs over 74 innings while striking out 68.

 

Best Hitter - Belgium-born Benjamin Dille, who played for Rotterdam’s Curaçao Neptunus, finished the season with a .448 average, the best in Honkbal in the last 18 years.

 

MVP - Danny Rombley - L&D Amsterdam 


Coach of the Year – Ronald Jaarsma - Curaçao Neptunus

 

Softball

MVP – For the 2nd year in a row FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem catcher Dinet Oosting was named Golden League MVP. She received three personal awards throughout the event, including Best Hitter, with an untouchable average of .536, and Most Stolen Bases (21). She led the league in nearly every offensive category this season with most runs scored (40), most base hits (45), most RBIs (37) and most walks (19). The one offensive title she failed to run away with was the Homerun Queen Award. That honor was bestowed upon Karin Tuk, catcher for Sparks Haarlem.

 

Best Pitcher - DSS player Dagmar Bloeming takes this trophy, also for the second year running. She posted a 1.30 ERA on the season with 138 strikeouts over 108 innings.

 

Coach of the Year: Stanley Doney - FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem

 

 

Spain

 

Baseball

Best Hitter: Michel Rodríguez - Astros Valencia

Best Pitcher (ERA): Anthony Vizcaya - CBS Sant Boi

MVP: Michel Rodríguez - Astros Valencia

 

Both baseball and softball named their top batters MVP of the league for 2017. Rodgriguez had not only the top batting average, .440, but the tops for his team in slugging percentage (.901), on-base percentage (.541) most hits (40), most home runs (11) and the most RBIs (48) for the season. For good measure, he also topped the list in total bases with 82 all while maintaining a .905 fielding percentage at 3rd.

 

 

Softball

On softball’s side it was a clean sweep for the San Sebastián bench who took tops not only in the championship series but in all three individual awards categories for 2017.

 

Best Hitter: Elena Ayuso - Atlético San Sebastián

Best Pitcher: Ane Barandiarán - Atlético San Sebastián

MVP: Elena Ayuso - Atlético San Sebastián

 

With an average of .609, MVP and top batter Elena Ayuso maintained a .953 slugging percentage and .623 on-base percentage, while scoring 20 runs off 39 hits and batting in 24. She also lead her bench in both doubles (9) and triples (5) and took a total of 61 bases throughout the season. A designated pitcher for the season with a 1.21 ERA, Ayuso started 6 games and won 5 and lost 1 while striking out 13 looking in her 29 innings of work.

 

Pitcher Ane Barandiarán finished the season with a 0.66 ERA a win/loss percentage of 1.000 and an opposing batting average of .158. She had 9 wins on the season and 1 save over 64 innings of work. She averaged 1 K/inning finishing the year with 64 strikeouts over her 13 appearances. She not only started 9 games but she finished 4 of them. When it wasn’t her day with the ball, she still came in and helped out the pen pitching 4 games in relief.

 

Switzerland

 

Baseball

MVP: Taylor Eichhorst – Sissach Frogs

Best Batter:  Rob Sedin – Zürich Challengers

Best Pitcher: Lukas Croton – Therwil Flyers

 

 

Softball

MVP: Adeline Glauser – Therwil Flyers

Best Batter: Corina Casparis – Luzern Eagles

Best Pitcher: Corina Grass – Zürich Barracudas

 

Softball Euroleague

 

Women

Best Batter - Michaela Pavli Pavlackova - Apollo Bratislava, Slovakia

Best Pitcher - Miriamka Gombíková - Trnava Panthers, Slovakia

MVP – Lisa Maulden – Budapest Reds, Hungary 

 

Maulden was not only named the MVP of Softball Euroleague but was awarded the Best Hitter Award at Finkstonball in June. The Reds player/coach is currently playing in Auckland, New Zealand for the Western Magpies over the winter and was hired as Softball Recruitment Manager for Baseball Jobs Overseas following the 2017 season. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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