What an amazing season for the Bethesda Big Train in 2014; a regular season championship and another trip to the CRCBL Championship. There were so many outstanding and desearving players for the Big Train this year and we want to thank all of them for their hard work and commitment over the summer. With much consideration, we present the 2014 Sal Colangelo Manager Awards.
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Kit Scheetz (Virginia Tech) was a force on the mound this season, ending the year with a 5-1 record and a 1.89 earned run average. Scheetz pitched three straight games during the season without giving up a single run and recorded 31 strikeouts and only 6 walks in his 7 starts.
Hustle Award: Cody Brown (Mississippi State) proved that he deserved the Hustle Award by bringing high energy and working hard both on and off the field. Brown played with 100% effort in 35 games during the 2014 season and recorded a .299 batting average with 6 doubles and 4 home runs.
Top Defensive Player: With an amazing range and unmatched closing speed, Logan Farrar (VCU) proved himself to be an everyday outfielder playing center field for the Big Train in 2014. Without recording an error during his 42 games, Farrar had 80 putouts and was also considered for Big Train's Most Outstanding Hitter Award, batting .304 on the season with 3 triples and 25 runs batted in.
Most Outstanding Hitter: Stephen Alemais (Tulane) not only broke the Big Train regular season record for most stolen bases in a season but was also one of the best hitters in the Cal Ripken League. Alemais led the Big Train in at-bats with 150 and led the entire league in hits with 48. Alemais ended the year ranked 7th in the league in batting average at .320 and 6th in runs scored with 28.
Team MVP: Brandon Lowe (Maryland) arrived to Bethesda with high expectations after helping the Maryland Terrapins reach the NCAA Super Regional. It only took a few games for Lowe to exceed those expectations and by the end of the season, it was clear that this award was very well deserved. Despite missing the first 12 games of the season, Lowe ended the year tied for first in the league in runs batted in with 29 and 5th in the league in batting average with .329. He also hit 4 home runs including a grand slam against the Express on July 12. Along with his superior hitting ability, Lowe was also a very reliable fielder, recording only 2 errors and a .969 fielding percentage in 17 games at second base.
Awards will be presented at the 2014 Bethesda Baseball Holiday Auction on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the DoubleTree Bethesda.