Mamarella, Tarantino Receive Rawlings “Finest in the Field” Awards
The Northwoods League has announced the recipients of the 2017 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award. The annual award recognizes the top fielders at each position. The winners are selected based on final fielding statistics compiled by league statistician Pointstreak. The 2017 Rawlings ‘Finest in the Field’ Award recipients and their fielding percentages are below.
|Position||Player||NWL Team||College||Fielding Percentage|
|C||David Noworyta||Rochester Honkers||Hawaii||.996|
|1B||Kyle Hubbuch||Duluth Huskies||North Alabama||.994|
|2B||Matthew Tarantino||St. Cloud Rox||University of the Pacific||.985|
|3B||David Villar||La Crosse Loggers||South Florida||.946|
|SS||Justin Evans||Eau Claire Express||Columbus State||.943|
|OF||Cody Hawken||Battle Creek Bombers||University of Portland||1.000|
|OF||Zach Ashford||Eau Claire Express||Fresno State||1.000|
|OF||Mason Mamarella||St. Cloud Rox||Kent State||1.000|
|OF||Drake Lubin||Lakeshore Chinooks||Eastern Michigan||1.000|
|P||Cameron Busby||Wisconsin Rapids Rafters||Belmont Abbey||1.000|
Rawlings has been rewarding the top defenders in the Northwoods League since 2002. The recipients receive a special Rawlings engraved trophy. Rawlings is the official equipment provider for the Northwoods League. To qualify for an award a player needs to appear in at least two-thirds of the scheduled games at a specific position, with the exception of catcher which is half. For pitchers, the player that had the highest total defensive chances without committing an error earns the number one spot.