La Crosse SS McCoy is MVP, Battle Creek’s Hermeling is Top Pitcher
Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League announced the 2015 Postseason All-Star Team and award winners on Sunday, August 9. La Crosse shortstop Mason McCoy was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and Battle Creek’s Alex Hermeling was named Pitcher of the Year as voted by the League’s coaches and members of the media. The first and second half South Division Champion Kenosha Kingfish swept the coaching awards.
La Crosse Loggers shortstop Mason McCoy (Illinois Central) caps off a record breaking season in the Northwoods League with the MVP award. McCoy, a sophomore, was also a mid-season All-Star. McCoy is currently first in the league in batting average (.369), first in hits (111), and first in runs scored (79). McCoy’s 111 hits and 79 runs scored are Northwoods League records for a season. McCoy is a native of Washington, Illinois.
Battle Creek Bombers right-handed pitcher Alex Hermeling (Louisiana at Monroe) was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Year. Hermeling, a junior, started eight games and went 3-3 while allowing only seven earned runs over 53.2 innings. He also struck out 52 batters while only walking 12. Following his appearance in the Northwoods League All-Star game, Hermeling signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hermeling hails from Northbrook, Illinois.
Both McCoy and Hermeling are among the 30 players selected to the NWL’s Postseason All-Star team. The La Crosse Loggers and the Madison Mallards lead all teams with four selections each.
Kenosha’s second-year manager Duffy Dyer is the 2015 Manager of the Year after leading the Kingfish to a tie for the best record in the league. Kenosha is currently tied with St. Cloud with an overall record of 48-23. Dyer’s assistant coach Stephen Huff earned the award for 2015 Coach of the Year in the Northwoods League.
John Pappadopolous of the La Crosse Loggers, Max Baker of the St. Cloud Rox and Shawn Murnin of the Mankato MoonDogs, were recognized by their peers as Co-Play-by-Play Announcers of the Year.
The complete list of the 2015 Postseason All-Stars can be found here: All-Star Roster
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 21 year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com.