Donnie Scott Named 2018 Manager of the Year
Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League announced the 2018 Postseason All-Star Team and award winners on Sunday, August 12. Mallards Field Manager Donnie Scott was named the 2018 Northwoods League Manager of the Year. The Mallards also had five players named 2018 Postseason All-Stars. Duluth second baseman Augie Isaacson was named the League’s Most Valuable Player and Eau Claire’s Justin Slaten was named Pitcher of the Year as voted by the League’s coaches and members of the media.
In his sixth season, Donnie Scott of the Madison Mallards is the 2018 Manager of the Year. The Mallards currently have the best overall record in the league at 48-23 and were the First-Half Champions in the South Division. On June 2, Scott collected his 200th win with the club and is looking to bring home a third NWL Championship title to Madison.
The Mallards had a league-leading five players named to the Postseason All-Star list. Position players include David Vinsky (Northwood), Trevor Schwecke (UW-Milwaukee), Tyler Plantier (Richmond), and Jake Randa (Northwest Florida State). Pitcher Trace Norkus (North Florida) also made the list.
Duluth Huskies second baseman Augie Isaacson (Friends University) was named the Northwoods League Most Valuable Player. Isaacson, a junior, was a 2018 mid-season All-Star and was chosen for the Major League Dreams Showcase where he went 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. He currently leads the league in batting average at .365 and steals with 39. Isaacson is a native of New Prague, Minnesota.
Eau Claire Express right-handed pitcher Justin Slaten (University of New Mexico) was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Year. Slaten, a sophomore, appeared in 11 games, won a league high seven games and led the league with league low 1.58 ERA. He also struck out a league high 70 batters in 57 innings. Slaten was a mid-season All-Star selection and chosen as well to play in the Major League Dreams Showcase. Slaten is from Longview, Texas.
Justin Berg earned the award for 2018 Coach of the Year in the Northwoods League. The former Major League pitcher is in his first season as the Pitching Coach for the Second-Half South Division Champion Kenosha Kingfish.
Jared Cohen of the Wisconsin Woodchucks and Evan Hughes of the St. Cloud Rox were recognized by their peers as Play-by-Play Announcers of the Year.
To see the complete list of Postseason All-Stars, click here.