Other than a couple obvious choices, the All-Star selections for JAL XII weren't easy. Without further ado, here is who made the cut…
Jordan Halverson (Toutle Lynx)
Even with all the new talent that came into the league, Jordan proved once again he is still one of the best. Not only did he quality pitching advance the Lynx to the AC Finals, but he was also one of the few who was able to hit Kyle Godinho on offense. This is Jordan’s 4th career all-star selection.
Taite Kleine (Missouri Express)
Though he didn’t win the award, Taite certainly made a serious case for the Batting Crown. He hit several home runs, including the biggest play of the tournament: A 2-run homer latein the AC Finals vs the Lynx that tied the game and eventually sent the Express to the WWCD Cup. This is Taite’s 3rd career all-star selection.
Ty Johnson (Castle Rock Rapids)
Ty has never been able to recapture the MVP performance he put on in JAL X, but in JAL XII Ty once again has made the all-star team. Quality pitching that lead the Rapids to a 1st place regular season finish in the NC and above average hitting has given Ty his 8th career all-star nod.
Nate Williamson (Cowlitz Bambinos)
Nate is the only player who made the all-star roster, but whose team did not make the playoffs. None the less, Nate was the leading man for the Bambinos in driving in runs. He was one in the few who hit Kyle Godinho, and he played great defense (was considered for the Fielding Crown). In Cowlitz final regular season game Nate also stepped into the pitching role vs the Cobras (who lead the league in runs per game) and got the win. This is Nate’s 1st career all-star selection, as it was his rookie tournament.
Cale Johnson (Vancouver Cobras)
Cale hit well all tournament (won the Batting Crown) and lead the Cobras to the WWCD Cup. Behind his hitting, Vancouver put up the most runs per game (10.4). This is Cale’s 9th career all-star selection.
Kyle Godinho (Missouri Express)
Kyle took home the MVP award and Pitching Crown, his team went undefeated and won the Cup, and Kyle was nearly unhittable at pitcher. If all that wasn't enough, he also had a solid outing with the bat. This is Kyle’s first career all-star selection, as it was his rookie tournament.
There you have it, your JAL XII All-Stars. Here are a few additional players who were considered for the selection, but unfortunately missed the cut…
Brad Williamson (Missouri Express), Kevin Johnson (Vancouver Cobras), Adam Clark (Ubbelohde Hill underdogs)