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2016 Award Winners
- Thursday, 06 October 2016 15:30
The 2016 season was another great summer for Baseball! Baseball NB would like to thank and congratulate all the players, coaches, umpires and volunteers on another great year!! We would also like to tip our cap to this year’s award winners;
Minor Player of the Year: Ryan Nason (18U Port City Pirates)
Ryan Nason was a key part of the 2016 Port City Pirates. In little over 31 innings pitched Ryan posted a 3.80 era earning 3 wins while striking out 38. But that wasn’t the end of Ryan contribution for the 2016 season when he batted .442 with 19 hits racking up 12 RBI and scoring 15 runs of his own in the process. Ryan was also member of the National Representative Metro Mudcats at the 18U Baseball Canada Championship in Sherbrook. During the tournament he pitched 4 innings allowing no hits and no runs with 3 strikeouts contributing to the Mudcats silver medal performance.
Adult Player of the Year: Sam Lund (21U Metro Mudcats)
In 2016, Lund led his Metro Mudcats to a second Junior League Provincial title in as many years. He was the junior circuit’s strikeout leader in 2016 and the ace of the Mudcat pitching staff. Along with a dominate junior season, Lund pitched twice during the Senior Men’s National Championship, tossing the Bronze Medal game where he allowed no runs in 5 innings pitched. During the Mudcats junior playoff run, Lund produced video game like numbers pitching 21 innings in the finals with a combined 36 strikeouts, 19 of which came in Game 1 through 7 innings.
Coach of the Year: Jason Buckle (18U AAA Metro Mudcats)
As head coach, Jason Buckle, lead the 18U AAA Metro Mudcats to an undefeated regular season winning 24 games. The team followed with a 5-0 performance at the Baseball NB Provincial Championship bringing home back to back championships for the Metro Mudcats. The Mudcats represented New Brunswick at the Baseball Canada 18U National Championship for the second year in a row and followed their 2015 Bronze medal performance with a 6-1 record bringing home a national silver medal.
Paul Tubby Melanson Volunteer of the Year Award: Charline and Pat Godin
The Moncton based Challenger Baseball Field of Dreams program started in 2010 and right from the start it was headed up and run by Charline and Pat Godin. They were the ones to look after everything from equipment, registrations, field bookings, fundraising etc. Two years ago it had grown to a point that no one could have imagined and it was too big for just two people to look after, so a separate board of directors was needed. Since then Pat and Charline have still been heavily involved in all aspects of the program. A few of those aspects would be:
-fundraising for a trip to Rogers Centre with Challenger Baseball to a Blue Jays game
-Negotiating with the City of Moncton and the provincial government on funding for a specialized accessible field
-Negotiating donations from some pretty large companies for funding of the field ($165,000 from President’s Choice Children’s Charities, $125,000 from the Jays Care Foundation).
Both Pat and Charline frequently get choked up just talking about how they make life a little better for these kids. They have given every Monday night for the past 6 years to put smiles on all the kids faces for a couple of hours. One of the biggest points is that in 2016 the Moncton area based Challenger Program is getting their own accessible field which is a first in Atlantic Canada!
These awards along with others will be presented during the 2016 Baseball NB Hall of Fame Ceremony and Awards Banquet with Hall of Fame inductees Jason Dickson, John Cann and the 91-93 Newcastle Cardinals. The event will take place at the Delta Fredericton on Saturday October 29th with a meet and greet starting at 6:00pm with the ceremony commencing at 7:00pm. Tickets for this year’s event are available by contacting the Baseball NB office at 506-451-1329. Cost is $60 per ticket.