The Wareham Gatemen organization have announced the annual team award winners. A big thank you goes out to the Falmouth Commodores organization for keeping the lights on and allowing us the time to say goodbye and to name the honorees at Guv Fuller Field at the conculssion of game 2 of the CCBL Western Division Finals.
Three Arizona Wildcats and a Harvard Crimson were the recipients of the traditional Wareham Gatemen team awards.
Two of the awards; as decided upon by the Gatemen coaching staff, were shared. The Sylvia Bigelow Award for the top positional player was shared by Robert Refsnyder (Arizona) and Johnny Field (Arizona). The two college and Gatemen teammates were in the lineup for manager Cooper Farris just about every night this summer.
Refsnyder arrived in Wareham as Pac-10 First Team All-Conference Player and lived up to that status. The outfielder hit .308, led the team in doubles with 9, triples with 4 and walks with 17. Robert was also the team’s leader in stolen bases with 13 and he committed just one error on the season. His batting average was good for 13th in the CCBL; his doubles total tied for 10th. Refsnyder’s 4 triples were 3rd best in the CCBL and he finished tied for 7th in stolen bases. The total of 41 hits ranked him 11th in the league. Robert played in 39 of the 44 regular season games and all 4 playoff games. He had 15 multiple hit games for the Gatemen.
Johnny Field (Arizona) shares the Sylvia Bigelow Award with Refsnyder and for good reason. Originally signed to a temporary contract early in the season, the Loisville Slugger Freshman All-American played in 38 of the 44 regular season games for the Gatemen and played in all 4 postseason games. He led the Gatemen in the playoffs with a .438 average; going 7 for 16 with 2 rbi.
The versatile Field played second baseman for the Gatemen but also spent some time in left field and was the designated hitter on some nights. He also played the final game of the playoffs in centerfield after some late season injuries to other Wareham players. Incredibly, Field did not commit an error all season while being one of the most productive hitters on the team. Johnny finished the season hitting .261, with 7 doubles and 18 rbi. He scored a team leading 20 runs and tied for the team lead with 2 homeruns.
The Albert Bigelo Award is given annually to the top pitcher and this award was also shared. Konner Wade (Arizona), the team’s closer and left-handed starting pitcher Josh Turley (Baylor) are this year’s recipients.
Konner Wade was a Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star and named the West Team’s MVP for his performance at Fenway Park during the game. Wade finished tied for the CCBL lead with 12 saves; a total that ranks him 2nd on the all-time Wareham Gatemen single season list. Wade allowed just 3 earned runs all season and compiled a 1.33 era while striking out 23 batters in 20.1 innings of work.
Josh Turley was honored as a CCBL Pitcher of the Week on his way to a 4-2 record and a 2.78 era. His win total tied for first in the CCBL and his era was 11th best. Josh struck out 27 batters in 35.2 innings during the regular season. He pitched game one of the CCBL Western Division Semi-Finals and went 7 innings; allowing only 2 earned runs in the Wareham victory over Bourne.
Brent Suter (Harvard), another Gatement left-handed starting pitcher, was honored with the organization’s Francis Tripp Award. This awards is given annually to the player who made the most positive impact upon the Wareham community on and off the field. This awards is voted upon by the Gatemen Organizational Members.