Two Cavemen, one Gems player earn postseason honors

Posted: Aug. 19, 2013 2:18 am Updated: Sep. 9, 2013 2:18 am


The Hannibal Cavemen's Wes Judish was named the Prospect League's top relief pitcher for the 2013 season on Sunday night.

The league unveiled all of its postseason award winners, with Judish claiming the Galen Woods Fireman of the Year. Judish, a sophomore from San Diego, went 3-1 with eight saves and a 0.94 ERA. He struck out 37 in 28 2/3 innings pitched.

The league also announced its postseason all-stars. Joining Judish on that list were Hannibal left fielder Zach Nichols and Quincy Gems right fielder Thomas Richards. Nichols hit .289 with two home runs, 10 doubles and 21 RBIs. Richards hit .347 with seven doubles and 33 RBIs and tied for the league lead with eight home runs.

Slippery Rock Sliders first baseman Matt Calhoun was named the Mike Schmidt Player of the Year.

The Danville Dans' Troy Conyers was tabbed the league's best left-handed starting pitcher and also was named the Roland Hemond Prospect of the Year. The West Virginia Miners' Jaesung Hwang was selected as the top right-handed starting pitcher.

Danville's first-year manager Jason Watson was named the Manager of the Year after he guided the Dans to the best regular-season record in the league at 41-19 at a West Division title.

Balloting for the awards was conducted by the league's 11 managers.


In Case You Missed It

Silver Saukees: Pittsfield's state title team to reunite after 25 years
Tony Baker recently watched a video of the 1991 Class A state championship game with his 11-year-old daughter. It had been several years since Baker, an all-stater as a senior at Pittsfield High School, had seen the game. "I sure was awful skinny, and those shorts were awful short," he said with a laugh. "But it was neat to watch. It's kind of a blur, but I can remember plays that were called in every game. It's so surreal."