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WWL Returns to National Stage

posted Jul 9, 2013, 6:51 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jul 9, 2013, 6:54 AM ]
Last Year's WWL National Team finished in 4th place. [Photo by: Wiffler's Digest]

By Jordan Shelton, NWLA Beat Reporter

The WWL Warriors will look to improve on their 4th place finish from a year ago. This year’s team consists of players from the two teams in last season’s World Series - three from the Oatka Quackers and three from the Washburn Workhorses.

Regis Pollard: The Captain, Commish, or whatever you want to call him. This 5’9 righty can basically do it all from the plate to the mound. He made the trip last year and led the National Tournament batting a stellar .536. Regis also had some success from the hill and put together a 4.36 ERA. In the WWL, it is no question that Regis is the overall best player as he has a career BA of .708 and a career ERA of 3.89. It is a new year and he will look to improve on these numbers.

Cody Hammond: One of the new faces who we are bringing down to Ohio with us this year. He recently moved back from South Carolina and is a year behind in the WWL from most players but don’t let that fool you from what this kid can bring to the plate. Already this year in the WWL, Cody has put together a .467 BA with 32 RBIs and 5 HRs. He does have big shoes to fill as he is replacing Jake Kocher, who batted a solid .323 last year, but i’m telling you - Do NOT sleep on this kid.

Jordan Shelton: Quite possibly one of the more hyped up players from the podcasts, returning again this year is Jordan Shelton. A natural righty, who turned into a self-taught lefty, he batted a decent .313 in this past years National Tournament. His numbers are down from past years in the WWL, but he still manages to have a .528 BA with 27 RBIs. Just because his numbers are down, don’t forget about the ability for him to hit the deep ball and produce runs as he leads the WWL in career HRs with 33 and RBIs with 170. Hopefully he won’t have that first game 0-5 4K Tournament performance like last year, and will get off to a better start.

Sean Ancker: An underrated star of the WWL is returning to the National Tournament for his second year. Ancker is a big 6’5 lefty who certainly brings the entertainment to the Warriors. Somehow he managed to no hit the Freaky Franchise from the OCWA during the pool play games. On a more serious note, Ancker hit very well in last year's Tournament with a .300 BA while adding 10 RBIs. Ancker is also very good at heckling his opponents with his in-game obnoxiousness, so be prepared for a good laugh as well.

Mike Anderson: Mike returns to the National Tournament which he had some success. Despite earning a loss on the mound, he still managed a 4.76 ERA with 7 Ks in his pitching performance. At the plate, he produced a .212 BA with 10 RBIs. Over the year he has improved his game, so watch out for him at both the plate and the mound.

Eli Beard: Another Workhorse who was recently added to the roster in place of Josh Swan. Swan’s .136 BA was truly awful, but he was tied for first in walks and had a remarkable .512 OBA. Eli is the perfect fit to replace Swan. For the Workhorses, he has a .607 BA with 35 RBIs and 38 hits which is the 2nd most in the league this season. He has become one of the toughest batters to face and can hopefully bring his hot bat to the Tournament.

Kevin Hammond: The Manager to this talented group of adults, Hammond will try to contain and motivate these individuals with his humor and knowledge of the game. Kevin is currently the manager of the Southampton Senators, who have struggled this season, but he hopes to show off his managerial skills on the National Stage. Look for Hammond to be holding down the fort at the 3rd base coaches box.