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Bucknell Park A’s Double Dip Toros to win AA World Series

Sunday, August 12th, 2012


TOPEKA, KS – The Bucknell Park A’s of Olympia, Washington beat the undefeated host Topeka Toros twice, 9-0 in the first game, and 9-5 in the “if necessary” final to win the NAFA AA World Series, Saturday.

Bucknell’s Shawn Koster and Rob Gunter each picked up a win in the championship games, with Koster selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher with a 4-0 record in 29 innings, allowing just 21 hits. He also notched 50 strikeouts (second highest among all pitchers) and had a 1.45 ERA.

First baseman and DH Scott Anderson of Bucknell was selected the Most Valuable Player leading the tournament with four home runs – two against the Toros, along with eight RBIs and a hefty .462 batting average.

“The tournament was incredibly exciting as the pitching was excellent and strategy was displayed every round with speed and skill,” said NAFA Executive Director Benjie Hedgecock.

    Pat Sagdal and Darren Michael – Bucknell
    Zane Siolo, Chris Leaf, Boomer Berry and Duane Corcoran – Topeka Toros
    Josh Pettit and Brent Hothan – Topeka Wave
    Todd Lubkeman and Mark Nelson – Willkomm Mobil
    Tony Mancha and Mark Aranda – El Paso Steel
    Garrett Hone and Matt Ratliff – SAA.

Pitchers speeds were clocked during the tournament with Tony Mancha and Josh Pettit topping all pitchers at 80 mph.

Other pitchers showing high velocity include, Zane Siolo, 79; Shawn Koster, 77; Chris Bigelow, 75; Garret Hone, 74; Todd Lubkeman, 74; Tony Buckley, 73; Ryan Nichols, 72; David Beets, 74; Eric Steinbeck, 71; Josh Lochridge, 71; Lewis Weldon, 71; German Sacks, 71; Jeremy Kinney, 73, and Jordan Mcdonald, 71.

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