Mequon, WI – Last week, the Lakeshore Chinooks announced it's 2015 Team Award winners. Like previous seasons, four awards were presented; the Robin Yount Award, Kapco Steel Slugger Award, Pitcher of the Year, and Most Valuable Player.
Robin Yount was known throughout his career for playing the game with hustle, passion, determination, and professionalism as well as being a gentleman off the field. Each year, a player from the Chinooks that exemplifies these qualities is selected to receive The Robin Yount Award. From the 2015 roster, Doug Kraeger (Richmond) was selected to receive the award.The Richmond Spider played first base all season for the Chinooks. He was always the last one to leave the ballpark after spending time following each game talking with the fans. Kraeger was truly motivated in trying to improve his skills day in and day out this summer. His fellow Chinooks called him the perfect teammate.
Our Kapco Steel Slugger Award is given to the player who finishes the season with the highest batting average on the team. Batting .333 this season was shortstop Anthony Massicci (Canisius). Massicci had quite the year at the plate ending the season with 71 hits, 46 runs, 3 HR's, 22 RBI's, and 46 walks. Anthony also took part in the Northwoods League Major League Dreams Showcase.
The Chinooks Pitcher of the Year award goes to Lake Bachar (UW-Whitewater). The RHP was with the team the entire summer and ended the season with a 6-3 record. Bachar appeared in 12 games, starting in 11 of them, and ended up with a 2.47 ERA, striking out 63 batters and giving up only 19 walks. Lake was also named to the South Division squad in the Northwoods League All-Star Game and Big League Dreams Showcase where he pitched a scoreless inning in each. Following the season, Bachar was part of the Northwoods League Post-Season All-Stars list.
The Chinooks 2015 MVP is Lucas Raley (Lake Erie). Raley ended the year with a 3.14 batting average, 80 hits, 43 runs, an impressive 14 HR's, and 55 RBI's. Lucas set Chinooks single season records for the most hits, home runs, and runs batted in. He was also selected to the South Division team in the Northwoods League All-Star Game. Raley became the first player in Northwoods League history to hit four home runs in one game. He ended the summer by being named a Summer Collegiate First Team All-American by Perfect Game and to the Northwoods League Post-Season All-Stars list.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 22-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 140 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 (KC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com.