The Alpine Cowboys finished atop the Pecos League standings, with a 48-15 record under second year manager Austin Prott, and several were recognized by their team as most valuable.
Seth Douglas was named Most Valuable Player. Not only did Douglas hit .409 with 15 home runs and 74 RBI, and play every position but catcher, he also picked up nine saves in 17 appearances as Alpine’s closer. The power-hitting giant takes pride in being a utility player, and throws as hard as anyone on the team.
In his second year with the Cowboys, Seth played in all but one game, and racked up 31 strikeouts with a 2.14 ERA on the mound. He also began his coaching career this past spring at his alma-mater, State University of New York at Canton.
Chace Sarchet got the Rookie of the Year nod. The recent Rice University graduate won the league batting title, with a .433 average in 41 games. The first baseman batted fifth, got three hits and hit his first home run in his debut on June 15, and hasn’t looked back since.
Paul Ludden got Best Walk Up Music, because when Ini Kamoze's “Here Comes the Hotstepper” blasts through the Kokernot speakers, Paul Ludden comes to the plate. Almost every other time he did in 2018, he reached base. Alpine’s primary catcher hit .412 with four homers and 44 RBI in 54 games.
Best Walk Up Honorable Mention went to Mark Traylor's choice, “Swingin'” by John Anderson.
Pitching MVPs were Mike D'Eletto and Daniel Williams. Second-year Cowboy D’Eletto was 6-0, with a 2.86 ERA in four starts and 17 relief appearances.
Williams struck out four coming out of the bullpen during his first appearance in the league on June 8, and struck out 12 Roswell batters in six innings in his third start. He was 5-0, with a 3.80 ERA and 56 strikeouts and only 11 walks.
Long Islander Tommy Ziegen was named Defensive MVP, leading the Pecos League in putouts, and demonstrating the most range of any Cowboy infielder. Starting the most games at shortstop and batting second, Ziegen hit nine homers and 67 RBI. He led the talented lineup with 49 hits, and stole 10 bases.
Tenth Man recognition went to Sean Persky. The utility infielder and emergency pitcher from Pocatello, Idaho, is in his second season with the Cowboys. He has enjoyed pitching mop-up innings for Alpine because he hasn’t done it since he was 12 years-old and his team fell one win short of a trip to the Little League World Series.