AUGUST 21, 2018, PORTLAND, OREGON: The Great West League’s commissioner Ken Wilson announced that Cole Carder (Medford Rogues) has been named the league's Player of the Year, while Justin Sterner (Chico Heat) has been named the Pitcher of the Year and Fred Ludwig (Chico Heat) has been named Manager of the Year. The reulsts are based upon the voting by the league’s managers.
Carder, an outfielder from the University of Antelope Valley, hit .349 in 44 games for the Rogues. He had 22 extra-base hits, including six home runs. Carder contributed 34 RBIs and stole 14 bases along the way. The Medford, Oregon native hit a home run in the 2018 GWL All-Star Game and went 2-for-5 with a home run in the Rogues' only post-season game. Carder won the Player of the Year award in close voting, with four different players receiving first place votes.
Right-hander Justin Sterner rode a 7-0 record and 3.02 ERA to his honor. The 6' 1", 200 pound Laguna Niguel, California product attends Brigham Young University. Sterner appeared in nine games, including eight starts for the champion Heat. In 38-2/3 innings, he fanned 68, walked only 16 hitters and allowed just 26 hits. Sterner gained the Pitcher of the Year award by barely edging out his teammate Blake Hannah.
Ludwig is the league's first two time winner of the Manager of the Year award. He previously won the award in 2016. Coach Ludwig led the Heat to a 43-14 regular season record. The 43 wins is a new league record, in three years of coaching the Heat he has a combined 115-59 record and two GWL championships. A former First Team Academic All American with Chico State Baseball, previously held the position of head baseball coach at Pleasant Valley High School where he earned a .729 winning percentage over a three year period. As a three-year baseball letterman at Chico State, Ludwig’s teammates elected him as their Team Captain 1991.
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