Photos Courtesy of Lisa A. Kammerman/BigTrainPhotos
After winning the 2015 Regular Season with a 29-11 record and finishing second in the League Championship Series, it is clear that Big Train's roster was full of great baseball talent from top to bottom. With six selections to the 2015 Cal Ripken All-League team, credit must be given to not only the players who performed and worked hard day in and day out but also to the amazing coaching staff, especially head coach Sal Colangelo, who works tirelessly year-round to recuit the top collegiate talent from across the nation.
Chris Lewis (Sacramento State) set the tone for this team and powered Big Train with his bat. With an MVP-like performance, Lewis not only finished the regular season tied for the most home runs with seven but he led the league in RBIs, finished second in hits with 48 and recorded 10 doubles, which was third best in the league. In the League Championship Series, Lewis stayed hot and hit .316 with six hits and four RBIs.
Tim Yandel (Tulane)
was a two-way player and had a flair for the dramatic this season for Big Train, hitting back-to-back walk-off doubles in June (VIDEO).
Yandel finished the regular season with 21 hits and third on the Big Train in RBIs with 22. Amazingly, Yandel's best performances came on the pitching mound. With a 4-1 record in the regular season, Yandel sported the League's fifth best ERA at 1.51 and the fourth most strikeouts with 38. Opponants who faced Yandel during the regular season had a .212 batting average against and Yandel's WHIP was .98.
2015 All-Star Walker Sheller (Stetson) was dominant out of the bullpen for Big Train in both the regular and postseason. Sheller posted a 2.16 ERA during the regular season and recorded 28 strikeouts in 25 innings-pitched. He also posted a paultry .84 WHIP. Sheller was almost unhittable in the postseason as well, recording six strikeouts and only two hits in 3.2 innings-pitched.
Zach Kirtley (St. Mary's College (CA)) quietly finished the 2015 season as one of the best hitters in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. While starting 40 games for Big Train, Kirtley finished second in the league in doubles with eleven, second in RBI with 23 and third in hits with 41. He posted a strong .285 batting average and also stole six bases.
Logan Farrar (VCU) always gave his best effort in the field and his hardwork payed off in both the regular season and postseason. Farrar hit .290 during the regular season and stole 10 bases and recorded 20 hits in 20 games. In the League Championship Series, Farrar had five hits and scored five runs in the four games Big Train played. Farrar was no stranger to spectacular plays in center field as well and had a .964 fielding percentage in centerfield.
Harrison Crawford (Creighton) finished the regular season with a .267 batting average, collecting five doubles, three triples and five stolen bases in 31 games played. Crawford was a staple at third base as well, recording 53 assists and a .943 fielding percentage.
Luis Collazo (Virginia Tech)
Drew Strotman (St. Mary's College (CA))
Alex Calvert (University of South Carolina)