Stonard Named MVP

University of Alabama infielder/outfielder Peter Stonard has been named the winner of the 2002 Cape Cod Baseball League's Pat Sorenti Most Valuable Player Award after leading the league in hitting and helping his Cotuit Kettleers to the Western Division Championship.

Stonard is the first player in the history of Alabama baseball to win the Pat Sorenti Award (MVP) and joins some elite company in CCBL history, joining the likes of Thurman Munson (1967), Paul O'Neill (1975), Buck Showalter (1976), Ron Darling (1980), Terry Steinbach (1982), Jason Varitek (1993) and Darin Erstad (1994).  

Stonard is also the recipient of the 2002 Thurman Munson Award, presented annually to the CCBL player with the highest batting average.  In 42 games, Stonard batted ..348 (56-for-161) with two home runs and 27 RBI.  He is also the first UA player to ever win the CCBL batting title.  

In addition to his CCBL batting title, Stonard led the league in total hits (56) and ranked second in RBI (27), fourth in stolen bases (18) and fourth in on-base percentage (.432).   

The Clayton, Mo., native led the Cotuit Kettleers to the 23-16-5 overall record and the 2002 CCBL Western Division championship.  Cotuit dropped a best-of-three series to the Wareham Gateman this weekend, eliminating the Kettleers from the playoffs.   

The junior-to-be for the Crimson Tide this season was a starter in the 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star game played in Harwich and was named  this weekend to the 2002 CCBL All-Star Team.  

Joining Stonard on the 2002 All-Star team is sophomore-to-be Taylor Tankersley (LHP), who led the CCBL with six pitching victories this season.   

Tankersley pitched for the Brewster Whitecaps (20-20-4), who finished one-game out of the playoffs in the Eastern Division. In nine game this season, Tankersley posted a 6-1 record and a 1.41 ERA.  The Vicksburg, Miss., native worked 51 innings and allowed 44 hits, 15 walks and struck out 45 batters.   

In addition to placing first among CCBL pitchers for total wins, Tankersley's 1.41 ERA ranked eight in the league.

BamaMag Top Stories