One current Wild Things player and one former standout were named Sunday to the Frontier League’s end-of-season all-star team.
Relief pitcher Jonathan Kountis and designated hitter C.J. Beatty were among the 11 players selected.
Kountis became the first player in Frontier League history to have 30 saves in a season when he pitched the 10th inning of Washington’s 3-2 victory Friday night at Gateway. Kountis has a 1-4 record and 2.70 ERA. He has converted 30 of 32 save opportunities. Kountis had a streak of 26 consecutive save opportunities converted.
Beatty had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox Aug. 12. At the time, he was batting .275 with 18 home runs, 57 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The 18 home runs ranks fourth in the league. Beatty is currently playing for the Winston-Salem Dash of the Class A Carolina League.
Both Kountis and Beatty are on the all-league team for the second time. Kountis made it in 2012 as a member of the Lake Erie Crushers. He signed with Washington as a free agent during the last offseason. Beatty was the all-league second baseman last year.
Evansville third baseman Shayne Houck (.311, league-leading 22 home runs, 62 RBI) was named the winner of the Morgan Burkhart Award as the league’s Most Valuable player. Houck is a Pennsylvania native and played his college ball in the PSAC at Kutztown before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants.
Southern Illinois starter Matt Bywater (8-4, 2.38 ERA, league-leading 112 strikeouts) won the Brian Tollberg Award as Pitcher of the Year. Bywater has 14 quality starts in 20 outings.
Rockford second baseman Tanner Witt (.305) won the Jason Simontacchi Award as Rookie of the Year. Witt is from Kansas State.
Evansville’s Andy McCauley was named Manager of the Year.
Others chosen to the all-league team are catcher Tyler Shover and outfielders Sam Judah and Mike Schwartz of Normal, Florence first baseman Sam Eberle, Lake Erie second baseman Vincent Mejia, Gateway shortstop Michael Wing and Windy City outfielder Kyle Robinson.
The Observer-Reporter was voted the Newspaper of the Year and O-R sports editor Chris Dugan was named Writer of the Year.
Wild Things radio broadcaster Randy Gore received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for his broadcasting and community work.
Former Wild Things trainer Rebecca McFeaters, who now works for Rockford, was named the league’s top trainer.