Illawarra baseball’s best players and top teams were honoured at Sunday night’s annual presentation at Illawarra Leagues Club.
Northern Pirates pitcher Brenden Lower was named Major League first grade Most Valuable Player after an outstanding season on the hill for Pirates.
Wests Cardinals won the minor premiership and grand final double with skipper Trent D’Antonio named Player of the Grand Final after leading Cards to a comeback 2-1 series victory over Dapto Chiefs.
Dapto’s Mitch Thompson took out the Batter of the Year award after a .500 average in 2013.
In a tough season for Shoalhaven Mariners, Jackson Lewer was rewarded for his great defensive work as Fielder of the Year.
Cardinals were the outstanding club through first, second and third grade and took out the Club Championship award.
The first grade competition was tight in 2013 with the minor premiership and fourth spot only determined in the last round.
Chiefs and Cardinals had a great rivalry which extended into the best-of-three grand final, with Cards proving too strong in games two and three to claim their 29th top grade title.
Other top individual awards were among the lower grades, with Pirates’ Kyle Rourke winning the Batting Award in second grade following a .400 season.
Chiefs’ Ashley Miller took out the Umpires Award for second grade.
Jay Turk batted .515 for Kiama Braves in third grade and took out the Batting Award, with Cards’ Ryan Wentzel earning the Umpires Award.
In first grade Minor League, Pirates’ Sam Idosaka won both the Umpires Award and Batter of the Year after a .605 average, while in second grade Minor League, Pirates’ Marc Mulvihill won the Batter of the Year for his .543 average.
Brett Douglas from Braves won the Umpires Award.