MATTAPOISETT, MA: The Wareham Gatemen announced the annual team awards at the season-ending, organizational clambake in Mattapoisett, MA. George Springer (UCONN), Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) and Dean Kiekhefer (Louisville) were all honored for their performances on and off the field during the 2009 CCBL season.
George Springer (UCONN) was awarded with the Silvia Bigelow Award; selected by the Gatemen President, GM and Coaches and his give annually the season’s most outstanding positional player. Springer, who came to Wareham after being named the Big East Freshman of the Year, An All-Conference Big East Selection and a National Freshman All-American in addition to breaking the UCONN single season homerun record, had an outstanding season in the Gatemen outfield.
He hit .261, had 3 homeruns and led the team with 25 rbi and 35 hits. George’s 25 rbi were good for 4th in the league. Springer’s 12 stolen bases were second on the Gatemen and he played in all but 4 games for Wareham. One of Springer’s most memorable games came against the Hyannis Mets on July 29th where he went 3 for 4, with rbi; including a 3-run homer.
Jack Armstrong has been named the season’s most outstanding pitcher and honored with the Albert Bigelow Award. Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) arrived on the Cape after not pitching a lot during his freshman year at Vanderbilt. He also arrived in Wareham as the son of former Gatemen and CCBL All-Star MVP and MLB All-Star Jack Armstrong. Jack exceeded all expectations by leading a talented and deep pitching staff that included CCBL All-Star Starting Pitcher Brandon Workman (Texas). Armstrong was also named a CCBL All-Star and pitched a scoreless inning while impressing at Fenway Park.
For the Gatemen, Armstrong finished with a 4-1 record, a 2.57 era and 31 strikeouts in 35 innings. His 4 wins were tied for tops in the CCBL. The 6’7″ right-hander was named a Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week by the Cape Cod Baseball League. His complete game shutout of Hyannis during a double-head sweep of the Mets earned Jack that honor.
Dean Kiekhefer (Louisville) was one of Wareham’s most dominent relief pitchers. While his 23 strikeouts in 18.1 innings of work; including a game saving striking out of the side vs. Hyannis with the bases loaded were impressive enough, Dean was equally as impressive off the field. Kiekhefer has been named the winner of the Francis Tripp Award; given annually to the player who made the most positive impact to the organization and the community on and off the field. This is an award that has been given in the past to major league players Justin Masterson, Barry Zito and Carlos Pena.