Weyburn Beavers outfielder Javy Marticorena has been selected to the All-Stars with the completion of the regular season of the Western Major Baseball League.
With stormy spring weather that delayed the opening game of the season, the big question around the league was how are all the games going to get played?
With an extreme number of rainouts, floods and re-scheduling of rainouts that had to take place; somehow the teams managed to get the games in.
With a 253 league game schedule to complete, teams were left with a high number double-headers and tight road trip schedules. Road trips and back to back double-header games for the players and coaches was no easy task.
This season fans packed the ballparks. It was an entertaining season as over 156, 000 fans filed into the 11 ballparks across Alberta and Saskatchewan to watch these college athletes play the game. This smashed the 2013 attendance record of 134,000.
With the regular season completed, the Western Major Baseball League would like to announce and congratulate the Award Winners and All-Stars for the 2014 WMBL season.
"The award winners and All-Stars are individuals that are recognized by their fellow teams as excelling in the category that they were chosen in. The WMBL is proud of the large pool of college player talent that comes in to Alberta and Saskatchewan each summer and contributes to the communities they participate in. On behalf of the entire WMBL congratulations to each and every award winner and thank you for helping to make the WMBL Canada's premier summer college baseball league," said WMBL President, Kevin Kvame.
The WMBL Award Winners were: Most Valuable Player, Josh Johnson of the Swift Current Indians; Rookie of the Year, Aiden Stinnet of the Moose Jaw Miller Express; Canadian Rookie, Tyrell King of the Okotoks Dawgs; and Coach of the Year, Ryan McDonald of the Lethbridge Bulls.
The WMBL is Canada's preeminent summer collegiate wood bat baseball league showcasing college players from Canada and the United States. With beginnings dating back over 50 years, the league now consists of 11 teams playing in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 season will marked the first season as a full collegiate league; continuing the tradition of offering fans a consistently high level of competition, coaching and players being drafted by the MLB.