2013 Weekly Award Winners
World Series MVP
"Virtually unhittable" is the only way to describe Josh Sorber’s World Series pitching performance. In twelve innings of shutout work, he allowed only three singles while recording 33 of his 36 outs by strikeout. The usually potent Westside Washout lineup never mounted a serious scoring threat in either of Josh’s starts and managed to advance a runner to second base only twice. At the plate, he was five for twelve, good for a .417 batting average, and he reached three times by a walk giving him a .533 on base percentage on the day.
Sorber ended his dominant postseason from the mound with twenty-two consecutive shutout innings, giving him an 0.22 ERA in twenty-seven innings of work. Stretching back to the regular season, he has allowed only one run in his last 44 innings, and he has won his last nine starts.
Nick Tuttle: In a typical series, Tuttle’s effort would have been good enough for MVP honors, but no offensive totals could have been good enough to surpass his teammate’s pitching performance. In game one, Tuttle broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning with an RBI single. In the second game, he performed well in the Young Birds 12-4 defeat with two home runs and three RBIs. He saved his best for the series clincher when he turned a 1-0 pitchers’ duel into a rout by smacking a grand slam in the fourth. For good measure, he drove in a sixth inning run, giving him nine RBIs in a series where his team scored only twelve runs.
John Devers: Overall, it was not a good day for the Westside Washout players, but Devers provided the lone bright spot for the series losers. He pitched exceptionally well in defeat in the series opener, allowing only two runs on poor defensive support. In the Washout's game two victory, he was the team's catalyst from the leadoff position, scoring three runs while driving in three more. Although he was only one for four at the plate in the series finale, his single prevented a no-hitter for Josh Sorber, and he also hit a sharp liner to deep right field that was caught.
Playoffs: Round One
Westside Washout/Jabronis Series MVP
In the pitchers’ duel between Rish and Artim in the series opener, Beau was the difference. His two-run home run provided the only runs of the contest. In game three, he was nearly the only run producer once more. After five complete innings, his sacrifice fly brought home the lone score of the game. His pitching was dominant for five and two-thirds innings, and he was one strike away from a one-hit shutout. Although he then gave up a single, a walk, and a three-run home run, his performance was still good enough for a 4-3 victory after a Washout rally in the bottom of the sixth.
Zach Artim: It might seem odd for a pitcher with an 0-2 record to be an MVP candidate, but Artim was brilliant in the series. The two-run homer he gave up to Beau was his only blemish on a masterfully pitched game game one, and his single off Rish prevented the no-hitter. In game two, he was five for five at the plate in the Jabronis victory. In game three, he pitched another great game but once again fell victim to low run support.
Roger Legg: Legg can make a claim that no other pitcher in the SRL can make. He has defeated the Westside Washout. While his performance was not as impressive as Artim’s, it was impressive nonetheless. The Washout averaged 14.5 runs per contest during the year and never scored lower than six in any game. Legg kept his team alive while the Jabronis offense found life against John Devers, the league leader in ERA.
Dan Rish: While Rish was only able to participate in the series opener before leaving for college, he made the most of his moment. He dominated the Jabronis hitters, holding them to an infield single while recording all eighteen outs by strikeout.
Young Birds/Dupont Hennas Series MVP
Sorber was a one-man-show for the Young Birds. From the mound he made the strong-hitting Dupont Henna look foolish with strikeout after strikeout. When he allowed a first inning run in game three, it looked unlikely that he could improve upon his one-hit and eleven strikeout performance from the series opener, but that was not the case. He followed up that inning with ten innings of shutout ball, and he ended up with an astonishing thirty strike outs in eleven innings of work At the plate, he had seven hits in the series including a game two home run.
Bill Elko: In the absence of their number two pitcher “McDirty” McLean, it looked like the Hennas were looking at a sweep after dropping game one, but Elko bailed out his mates with a fine pitching performance over the Young Birds. He also helped out his own cause in the 10-5 victory by scoring two runs and driving in another.
Tom Grace: Grace had a wonderful series for the Hennas. He was the difference-maker in the 10-5 victory in game two by driving in five runs, with three coming off a fourth inning homer. When Sorber was virtually unhittable in game three, Grace had three of his team’s five hits.
Hank Hunsinger: Although Hunsinger was the losing pitcher in game two, he was a difference maker in bothYoung Birds victories that included two walk-offs. He had three hits and four RBIs in the opener, including a home run that ended the game with mercy. He also unknotted a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eleventh inning of game three by delivering a deep sacrifice fly to left field.
Player of the Week
Week Twelve: Zach Artim
In a matter of weeks, Zach progressed from rookie to emergency starter to ace. He came up big in a must win against the Purple Cobras that would have seen his Jabronis squad eliminated from the playoffs with a loss. Zach overpowered the Cobras with his newfound fastball that hovered around 70mph the entire game. In fact, five of his pitches exceeded the limit and were called automatic balls, but that seemed to only further intimidate the batters. He held his opponents to two runs on three hits, and he struck out twelve.
Zach was also the offensive leader in the opener with five hits, two RBIs, and a run scored. In the nightcap he had five more hits and scored four runs out of the leadoff position.
Roger Legg: The elder Legg picked a good time to play his first complete series in eight weeks. In a Winner-Take-All showdown for his Jabronis, he single-handedly outscored the Cobras by holding them to four runs while driving in five. In the series sweep that gave the Jabronis the Mountain Division title, he scored five runs and drove in five more on six hits, including his third home run of the season. Legg also improved to 6-1 as a pitcher and completed the season fifth in ERA.
Josh Sorber: After winning “Player of the Week” honors twice in the last three weeks and three times overall, Sorber decided to make it fair for everyone else. He pulled himself off the mound after four innings of no-hit ball with twelve strike outs to rest for the playoffs and give the bullpen some work. He also had seven hits and drove in three runs in the series sweep against ‘Merica that gave the Young Birds the East Division title. On the mound Sorber ended the season leading in WHIP and was second in ERA; from the plate he finished second in OPS.
Curtis Brieling: While this series lacked the playoff significance of the other matchups on the day, it was important for the New Guys captain to sweep TAFJ to build some momentum for next year. In the opener, he held his opponents to one run on six hits to improve to sixth in the SRL in ERA, but he was even more impressive at the plate. In the two games he drove in nine runs and scored eight times on nine hits, including two home runs and a double.
Week Eleven: Josh Sorber
Two weeks ago, Josh Sorber became the SRL’s first two-time “Player of the Week” recipient. Now he becomes the first player to earn a third. In an important matchup against division rivals the Dupont Hennas, Josh put on a one-man show. From the mound he had the most dominant outing of any pitcher this season. He tossed a six inning one-hitter with sixteen strikeouts and only one walk. At the plate he was five for five, including a three-run home run into the trees over the right field fence.
This outing moved Josh into first place in the SRL in WHIP. He also sits second in ERA, OPS, and slugging percentage. The victory allowed the Young Birds to split the series with the Hennas, keeping them deadlocked atop the East Division with only two games remaining.
Drew Simoncavage: There might have been a few pitchers with better statistics in week eleven, but none faced a more critical situation than Simoncavage. A loss would have forced the Purple Cobras to need to sweep the Jabronis in week twelve to clinch the Mountain Division. Thanks to Simoncavage’s excellent pitching performance in week eleven, the Cobras now only need to split the two-game series. After allowing two first-inning runs, he shut out the New Guys the rest of the way, allowing only seven hits. The timing was clutch for Simoncavage (6-1 as a starter) because Curtis Brieling held the Cobras to only four runs on six hits.
Beau Reznak: While the Westside Washout/’Merica series did not have any playoff significance, Reznak’s tremendous day at the plate and in the field helped to carry the Washout to a completion of their perfect season. He belted two home runs in the doubleheader with eleven RBIs and five runs scored. He also helped out the Washout pitchers by making two outstanding diving catches in the field. After his offensive outburst, Reznak now sits second in the league in RBIs and runs scored, and he is tied for sixth in homers.
Justin Blakeslee: Blakeslee kept the Mountain Division close by shutting down the Purple Cobras. He also gave the New Guys hope for playoff contention next year. Blakeslee struck out ten batters and allowed only three runs from the mound. At the plate he scored six runs and drove in two for the series. As a pitcher, he is currently ranked second in strikeouts with a chance to take over the lead from an idle Mike Lenchak in week twelve. He has also hit six home runs on the season, good for a tie for third place in the league.
Week Ten: Adam Klimchok
It was an all-around great day for Adam Klimchok who excelled at the plate, on the bases, and in the field. At the plate he belted a grand slam and a double among his seven hits, and he drove in six runs. As the Cobras offensive catalyst from the leadoff position, he crossed the plate seven times. In the field he made several nice catches including a game-ending diving catch in game two that would have seen the tying run score had he not made the grab.
This is the first time that the winner and runner up are teammates, but the tandem of Klimchok with Drew Simoncavage provided the Purple Cobras with a crucial sweep that gave them sole possession of first place in the Mountain Division.
Drew Simoncavage: In the series opener, Simoncavage improved to 5-1 by holding TAFJ to one run on six hits and, more importantly, by managing to avoid the wildness that usually accompanies Cobras pitchers. He was in control throughout the game, issuing only three walks while striking out seven. In the second game, Simoncavage scored two runs and drove in four to contribute to the 13-11 victory.
John Devers: Devers improved to 8-0 with a five-hit shutout over the New Guys. He also helped his own cause in the opener by driving in three runs. In a close game two, Devers was a vital part of the Washout lineup. He drove in two more runs and scored three times. Devers took over the SRL’s top spot in ERA on the mound and reclaimed his league lead in runs scored on offense.
Scott Luff: Luff was finally able to lead ‘Merica out of a tailspin that had seen drop nine consecutive games on the field. Although he drilled a two run homer to centerfield in the opener, his team suffered yet another defeat. Luff took matters into his own hands in the nightcap, though, and limited the Jabronis to four runs while driving in two and scoring once in a 6-4 victory.
Week Nine: Josh Sorber
It was a historical week for Josh Sorber in his appearance against the New Guys. He began the game by becoming the first SRL pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches; then he went on to allow the fewest total base runners (four) in a six inning outing. For good measure he tied the league record of seventeen strikeouts in one contest and became the first two-time recipient of the “Player of the Week” honors.
At the plate, Josh belted a solo home run in the opener and added four hits in game two to contribute to the sweep for the 42nd ranked Young Birds who sit atop the East with a 12-4 record. He now ranks second in the league in slugging percentage and OPS, and he is third in ERA.
Bill Reznak: The Purple Cobras entered the contest as the second most potent offense in the league, but they just could not figure out Reznak and his 40 mph “fastball.” He completed the four inning shutout with six strikeouts and allowed only one walk. He also contributed at the plate by driving in nine runs in the doubleheader. Reznak now ranks second in on base percentage for the season and sixth in ERA.
Austin Elko: After the Dupont Hennas experienced a month-long hitting slump through most of June, they have broken out in July to become one of the most potent offenses in the league, and Elko is a major factor. In a crucial sweep of the Jabronis, he was six for ten (including two doubles) with four walks. He scored six times and drove in six more for the 11-5 Hennas. The strong day at the plate lifted his on base percentage to .671, good for sixth in the league.
Dan Rish: While it’s getting old recognizing Rish every week, it is tough to deny his regular contributions, this time over the Mountain-leading Purple Cobras. While the Cobras pitchers struggled with control and walked several batters, the free swinging Rish would have none of that as he belted two homers and drove in twelve runs. He now dominates both categories for the season. Rish also had a walk-off homer in game two taken away when it was realized that mercy already should have been declared.
Week Eight: Mike Lenchak
After missing his first career shutout by one batter last week, Mike Lenchak joined Dan Rish as the only SRL starter to toss a six inning shutout. Mike overpowered the ‘Merica batters, striking out fourteen while allowing five hits and walking only two. His numbers could have been even more impressive because three of the hits he allowed were balls that could have been fielded. Mike also had four hits at the plate and drove in three runs in the 13-0 victory. His pitching performance jumped him over Roger Legg to third in the league in ERA, and he moved ahead of John Devers to second place in WHIP. His 70 strikeouts give him nineteen more than Justin Blakeslee, his nearest competitor, making his league-leading total practically insurmountable.
Curtis Brieling: This start went a little better for Brieling than the first time he faced ‘Merica when he allowed twelve runs in five innings. For the second consecutive week, Brieling held his opponent to two runs and earned the victory for The New Guys. He struck out seven and made some outstanding defensive plays off the mound. On the series, Brieling had six base hits, including a home run and a double. He now ranks sixth in the league in ERA and WHIP and twelfth in batting average.
Dave “McDirty” McLean: Two weeks ago it looked like the Dupont Hennas might be on the outside looking in when the playoffs came around, but the emergence of McLean as the number two starter completely changes the team’s prospects. After holding the New Guys to two runs in six innings, he came back with an even stronger performance, shutting out ‘Merica in four innings. He allowed only three hits and established a career best with nine strikeouts. He also had his best day at the plate, going seven for ten with five RBIs.
Dan Rish: You know a player is having a great season when he goes seven for ten and hurts his batting average. Despite the “off week,” Rish belted two home runs and drove in six runs to extend his league-leading totals in both categories.
Week Seven: Brian Stets
Brian Stets put on an aerial display that set a one-day power standard that will be tough to top in the SRL record book for many years to come. Not only did Brian belt three tape measure home runs in the opener, but he denied Zach Artim his first homer by robbing him with an acrobatic catch that carried him over the fence. Despite his individual accomplishments, Brian's team dropped their eleventh game in a row. He would have none of that in the nightcap as he led That's a Fact, Jack! to their first victory of the season with an even greater performance. He clobbered three more home runs among his eight hits. He had nine RBIs and scored five runs. Brian inspired so much fear into the Jabronis that they issued him the first intentional walk in league history.
This offensive outburst seemed to come from nowhere. While he entered the series hitting an astounding .812, one double represented his lone extra base hit. Brian's six home runs on the day are good enough to rank him second in the league. He would rank first in batting average (.800), on base percentage (.818), and slugging percentage (1.433) but falls seven plate appearances short of qualifying.
Justin Blakeslee: It might seem odd for a losing pitcher to be chosen the runner up for "Player of the Week," but Blakeslee was outstanding in week seven. In game one he was clutch against one of the hottest pitchers in the league when he lined a two-out two run single off Mike Lenchak in the sixth inning to turn a shutout loss into a tie that soon became a 3-2 victory. He followed that up by pitching extremely well in game two, giving up only four hits while striking out fourteen. Unfortunatly for Blakeslee, his team is mired in a hitting slump that has given him little run support in most of his starts. He collected three of his team's four hits in the tough-luck loss.
Zach Artim: The debut of Zach Artim came just in time for a Jabronis team that struggles to bring the same players on a weekly basis. With their three best pitchers absent, Artim took the mound under sloppy post-storm conditions and pitched well enough to earn the win. He also scored five runs in the opener and drove in six, and those numbers would have been more impressive had he not been robbed of his first career home run by Brian Stets. The Jabronis did drop the nightcap, but it was through no fault of Artim as he belted two homers and drove in nine runs.
Dave "McDirty" McLean: While it was a forgettable day at the plate for McLean (1 for 9, 5 Ks), it's not an overstatement to say that his right arm might very well have saved the Dupont Hennas season with his pitching performance against the New Guys. The Hennas batters have been struggling for about a month, and the norm had become to win the opener with Mike Lenchak before losing the second game no matter who was on the mound. After dropping the first game 3-2 with their ace on the mound, the Hennas were in danger of falling two full games out of first place behind the Young Birds. McLean rose to the occasion and gave his team the split by pitching a four hitter to earn the victory with an identical 3 to 2 score.
Week Six: Hank Hunsinger
After dropping the first game of a doubleheader against the Dupont Hennas, the Young Birds were in danger of falling two games behind their East division rivals. Hank took care of that with a dominating performance that saw him pitch a six hit shutout and drive in five runs, with four coming from his second grand slam of the season. After giving up sixteen runs in the opening week in the season, Hank has become one of the most effective starters in the SRL, recording four consecutive victories with an ERA of 4.86. He is also tied for fifth in the league with three home runs.
Mike Lenchak: Like Hunsinger, Lenchak came up clutch in a big series. He allowed just four runners to reach base in the opener against the Young Birds, and only a Josh Sorber home run prevented the shutout. Lenchak also paced the Hennas offense in game one by driving in three runs and scoring another. He has now issued only two walks in 29 innings pitched this season, and his eleven strikeouts in the outing moved him up to first place in the league with 45.
Drew Simoncavage: When the high scoring Purple Cobra bats cooled off, Simoncavage saved the day for his team by pitching his best game of the season, allowing only two runs and striking out eight. The pressure was on his right arm because the 46th ranked Cobras needed a sweep of TAFJ to remain a full game ahead of the Jabronis in the Mountain division. Simoncavage now sits at sixth among the ERA leaders in the SRL.
Dan Rish: Rish abused SRL pitching for the second week in a row, this time against the New Guys. On the day he went eight for eight with twelve RBIs and seven runs scored. He smacked a double and three home runs, including the first inside the park homer in SRL history. Before taking a break from pitching, Rish was leading or tied for the lead in all major pitching categories, and he now sits atop most offensive categories.
Week Five: Dan Rish
It was a forgone conclusion that Dan Rish would eventually win “Player of the Week” honors. The surprise is that he earned the title with little to no regard for his pitching. Although Dan did start the second game against ‘Merica, and he did strike out the side in the top of the first, his pitching stint was short-lived. The Westside Washout built an insurmountable 34-0 lead in the bottom half, so Dan seceded from the mound to give his teammates a couple innings. All of the havoc Dan wreaked occurred at the plate with what must be considered the most explosive offensive display in the five week history of the SRL. Dan was 10 for 11 with nine runs scored. He clouted two homers and a double, driving in thirteen. This outburst at the plate lifted Dan to second in batting average, tied for second in homers, and third in runs batted in.
Mike Lenchak: Lenchak has now established himself as one of the elite pitchers in the SRL with another standout performance on the mound, this time against the normally high-scoring Purple Cobras. The Dupont Hennas righty allowed only two runs in the series opener. He struck out eleven and did not give up a single walk. He was also the Hennas leading hitter in a close defeat in game two with five hits, three runs scored and five runs batted in. Lenchak has now issued only two walks on the season in 23 innings pitched.
Justin Blakeslee: It was an all-around good day for Blakeslee against the Pink Flamingos. Not only did he put on an offensive show for the spectators with the three home runs that he crushed high and deep into the right field trees, but he was also the winning pitcher in the New Guys first victory. He drove in eight runs and scored six times in the victory, and his solo blast in the nightcap prevented his team from being shut out.
Brian Ball: It was not a great day in the outfield at the plate for Ball, but none of that matters because his second consecutive stellar performance on the mound ended the Pink Flamingos seven game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the New Guys. Ball struck out seven and walked only one. After the rough start to the season, Ball has seen his ERA drop by nearly half from 16.77 to 8.66 in his past two starts and now finds himself among the statistical leaders in several pitching categories.
Week Four: Jake Stone
Jake Stone was not selected “Player of the Week” for his five inning no-decision stint on the mound against the New Guys. He earned the title with an explosive hitting display that propelled his club to in important sweep that now makes ‘Merica serious playoff contenders.
Jake was the offensive catalyst in his squad’s 15-14 nail-biting opener. While he “only” scored three runs and drove in one, he was in the middle of every rally, tallying seven hits. In game two, Jake was not satisfied with singles. In the second inning he belted a grand slam that gave his team a 4-0 lead. He enjoyed the four-run shot so much that he cracked another in the fourth that turned a close contest into a route. Jake now leads the SRL in home runs with five and RBIs with 25.
Dan Rish: Rish was once again brilliant on the mound, silencing the Dupont Hennas bats that entered the series hitting over .600. He pitched a one-hitter against the NWLA's 49th ranked team, while striking out 13 and walking three. Rish also chipped in on offense for the Washout by getting eight hits and scoring four runs in the series sweep. Rish is currently on pace to win the pitching Triple Crown as he leads the league in ERA and strikeouts and shares the lead in wins.
Nick Tuttle: You would think that the pitcher to throw the first SRL no-hitter would earn a little more love, but the fact that it was a four inning mercy-shortened effort over the light-hitting Pink Flamingos causes it to lose some of its luster. Tuttle was the Young Birds emergency starter in the absence of their ace Josh Sorber, and he took advantage of the opportunity. He threw consistently in the high 60s with good control. If Tuttle produces these results against a contending team, then he will surely receive consideration for future “Player of the Week” awards.
Legg is a “Player of the Week” bridesmaid on a regular basis. The Jabronis hurler once again pitched exceptionally well in a close victory, this time in a 4-3 thriller over the New Guys. Legg struck out ten while walking only three to win the opener. In the second game he led the offense by driving in four runs to contribute to his brother's first SRL win on the mound.
Week Three: Josh Sorber
It was a quiet week for Josh Sorber. All he did was bat .857 at the plate and hold a That’s a Fact Jack squad that had been averaging more than eight runs per game to just two from the mound. Josh’s two home runs in the series give him three for the season, good for a first place tie in the SRL. Josh added two doubles (robbed of a triple by his own teammate), giving him an astonishing 2.000 slugging percentage and a 2.888 OPS. on the day. Josh also whiffed six batters, taking him to 22 for the season, good for third in the league.
Adam Klimchok: SRL’s Poet Laureate was a key figure in his team’s sweep over ‘Merica. The Purple Cobras leadoff hitter performed his task well, scoring eight runs on the strength of his .833 on base percentage. For good measure, Klimchok clouted his first career homerun and made several run-saving catches in the outfield.
John Devers: While his mound mate Dan Rish grabbed attention for his seventeen-strikeout performance, Devers yielded only three runs to the potent Jabronis lineup. He also chipped in offensively, reaching base in ten of twelve plate appearances and scoring seven runs.
Drew Simoncavage: Simoncavage was another important figure in the Purple Cobra’s sweep. He was 8 for 11 at the plate and got his team out of a difficult jam in game one to earn the victory in relief.
Week Two: Tom Grace
Tom Grace made an immediate impact with his presence on the Dupont Hennas. Grace drove in three runs and scored three more from his five base hits in a 13-5 win over That’s a Fact, Jack! He then solidified his lock on “Player of the Week” in game two where he was an offensive force. He blasted two shots over the fence, driving in nine runs and scoring four. Grace also took the mound in the final two innings to preserve the victory and earn the first save in SRL history.
Roger Legg: Legg got things started in the first inning for the Jabronis by smacking a two run homer. He then proceeded to pitch brilliantly in a 4-3 extra inning thriller over the Young Birds. Legg then hit his second home run of the season in game two and added four RBIs in the 10-8 loss.
Billy Columbo: The Purple Cobras’ captain led his club to a sweep of the Pink Flamingos. He hit all three of his league leading doubles in the series while driving in five runs and scoring five more. He also came on in relief and bailed his team out of trouble in the fourth inning of the nightcap to earn the save.
Josh Sorber: Sorber was a tough-luck loser for the second week in a row for the Young Birds. He fanned twelve batters in their extra inning loss to the Jabronis. Sorber then belted a home run and a double among his five hits to carry his team to their first victory of the season in game two.
Week One: John Devers
John Devers of the Westside Washout has the distinction of earning the first “Player of the Week” honors in SRL history for his outstanding performance against the Young Birds. Devers was overpowering from the mound in game one’s 6-2 victory, striking out ten without walking a single batter. He then aided in the Washout’s 16 – 0 rout in game two by rifling a grand slam over the right field fence.
Scott Luff: In ‘Merica’s opener, Luff drove in seven runs with a double and homerun in the 23-7 drubbing of That’s a Fact, Jack! In the nightcap, he smacked another homer then came on in relief to record the win in a 16-12 victory.
Roger Legg: Legg adjusted quickly to the mound in his first game as a Wiffleball pitcher. He gave up only one run in three innings while striking out six in the Jabronis’ 16-1 win over the Purple Cobras. He also scored four runs while reaching base four times. He added three hits in the second game, but his team fell short in a 7-4 defeat.
Dan Rish: Rish might have won the award had he been more than just a late defensive replacement with no at bats in game one against the Young Birds. He was simply dominant on the mound in game two, yielding only two hits and one walk while striking out nine in a 16-0 shutout. Rish aided his own cause by driving in four runs, including a three run shot to left.