From the Northwoods League
(ROCHESTER, MN) The Northwoods League is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award. This award is given to the player at each position who had the best batting average during the 2011 regular season.
La Crosse Loggers catcher Andrew Knapp earned a Rawlings “Big Stick” by becoming the first Northwoods League player to hit .400 since Luis Rivera of the Waterloo Bucks in 1995. Thunder Bay Border Cats second baseman Cullen Mahoney was second in the league in batting at .347 while Waterloo Bucks third baseman Cameron Perkins finished third with a .344 average. Slugging outfielder Shaun Cooper of the Mankato MoonDogs, the 2011 NWL MVP, was the only player to earn both the Rawlings “Big Stick” and Rawlings “Finest in the Field” Award in 2011.
Rawlings has been rewarding the top hitters in the Northwoods League since 2007 in addition to honoring the best fielders since 2002. To honor their achievement the eight award winners will receive an engraved bat from Rawlings. The complete list of 2011 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winners is below.
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