08/09/2014 4:52 AM
Photo courtesy of Corey Mansfield
PGCBL Spotlight: Josh Gardiner and John Razzino
The PGCBL season has to come to the close, with the Amsterdam Mohawks beating the Newark Pilots in the league's championship series to claim their third consecutive PGCBL championship. The league recently announced theirPlayer and Pitcher of the year, as well as their All-League Team and Coach of the Year.
Jayson Yano of the Pilots, the subject of the PGCBL Spotlight a few weeks ago, was named the PGCBL Pitcher of the Year for a dominant summer on the mound.
Josh Gardiner of the Amsterdam Mohawks was named the PGCBL Player of the Year, and was an integral cog of a dynamic offense that included several standout performers. Teammate John Razzino posted equally dominant numbers, making undoubtedly a tough decision for PGCBL officials when naming the player of the year.
Just take a look at the numbers:
Josh Gardiner (Radford)
• .415 batting average (second in the league)
• .543 on-base percentage (first)
• .511 slugging percentage (tied for fourth with Razzino)
• 56 hits (fourth)
• 56 runs (fourth)
• 29 RBI (fifth)
• 69 total bases (tied for seventh with Razzino)
• 29 walks (second)
• 10 hit-by-pitch (tied for first)
• 16 stolen bases (in 21 attempts, tied for seventh)
• 177 plate appearances (tied for eighth)
John Razzino (Franklin Pierce)
• .370 batting average (third)
• .449 on-base percentage (sixth)
• .511 slugging percentage (tied for fourth with Gardiner)
• 50 hits (tied for sixth)
• 34 RBI (second)
• 5 home runs (tied for third)
• 69 total bases (tied for seventh with Gradiner)
• 23 stolen bases (in 26 attempts, first)
Gardiner in particular had a knack for getting on base, whether it be via the base hit, walk or hit by pitch. Both made the most of their time on the bases, showing off the 6.50 (Gardiner) and 6.40 (Razzino) speed in the 60-yard dash as recorded at the league's All-Star Game in Elmira, by stealing bases almost at will and scoring runs in bunches.
Both were named to the PGCBL All-League Team as linked above and helped power the Mohawks to a 36-11 record, easily the best in the league, and the league championshp.