Josh Johnson, left, of the The Bar of Appleton (WI), was selected the Most Valuable Player of the NAFA Open Worlds Series. With him is Andrew Blackshaw, from Australia, who was named to the All World team after pitching The Bar to the championship.
BAY MINETTE, AL – The journey from the throwing the first pitch to reaching that often elusive point of being able to say, “by golly I think I’ve got it!” is not an easy journey for most fastpitch pitchers.
Many give up after realizing that mastering THIS trade takes lots of practice, lots of gumption, and lots of determination.
But for the survivors – those who toil relentlessly to master the craft, for them come the rewards.
Josh Johnson is one such survivor. And 2010 has indeed been full of rewards.
Here’s a sampling: At the Decatur Herald & Review Shootout, Johnson was selected the Most Valuable Player after helping The Bar of Appleton claim the championship. And at the NAFA World Series Open tournament, Johnson carted off the Most Valuable Player award in leading The Bar to the title at Middleton, WI.
In 2010, The Bar muscled into the top-tier in the world after winning prestigious tournaments at Walcott, Iowa, the Aurora 4th of July, and the Decatur Shootout. The Appleton juggernaut also finished second in the Boys of Summer tourney along with finishing 11th in the 48-team ISC World Tournament.
And figuring in The Bar’s success was Johnson, who had a .444 batting average (4-for-9) in the ISC World Tournament, along with 2 RBI. (Statistics for the NAFA Open, not available.)
“Josh was our offensive MVP hands down,” said Manager, Jesse Delorit. “He led the team in RBI’s, hits and home runs. Josh was also excellent for us on the mound. He has all the pitches, including a rise change. He is able to beat any team in the world.”