The top GHTBL players and the best team, the Vernon Orioles separated themselves from the competition this season.
Here are the 2018 GHTBL Award Winners:
Frank McCoy Award - Most Valuable Player - Mark DiTommaso, OF, Rainbow Graphics
Mike Liappes Award - Most Valuable Pitcher - Charlie Hessletine, P, Record-Journal Expos
Ray McKenna Award - Player of the Year - Jonathan Walter, OF, Record-Journal Expos
Rev. Thomas Campion Award - Outstanding Playoffs Hitter - Dan Trubia, 3B, Vernon Orioles
Mike Abbruzzese Award - Outstanding Playoffs Pitcher - Paul Dougan, P, Vernon Orioles
Hal Lewis Award - Most Versatile Player - A.J. Hendrickson, P/OF, Record-Journal Expos
Gene Johnson Award - Regular Season Batting Title - Jonathan Walter, OF, Record-Journal Expos
Ralph Giansanti Sr. Award - Stolen Base Winner - Jonathan Walter, OF, Record-Journal Expos
Jack Repass Award - Gold Glove - Jeff Criscuolo, INF, Ulbrich Clippers
James Gallagher Award - Rookie of the Year - Jake Petrozza, OF, South Windsor Phillies
Jake Banks Trophy - Regular Season Champion - Vernon Orioles, Jack Ceppetelli, Manager
Jack Rose Trophy - Playoff Champion - Vernon Orioles, Jack Ceppetelli, Manager
Our successful 2018 season was a great milestone for the GHTBL. This past summer marked the 90th year of the league as the premier amateur league in Connecticut. The league hosted games at some of the best fields and stadiums in state and matriculated 3 players into the professional ranks. The running tally of GHTBL players who have played professional baseball is now 320.
Next season, the GHTBL will seek to strengthen its current franchises and will explore opportunities for expansion. The league most recently had an Executive Committee meeting and has scheduled another meeting for November 4th at 5 PM in East Hartford.
- Bill Holowaty, President