Following the 2018 American Legion World Series, won by Wilmington, Del., Post 1, major awards were announced.
Denise Rohan, national commander of The American Legion, presented the awards on the field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., following the nationally televised championship game on ESPNU.
Chris Ludman, who pitched a shutout in the championship game to help earn the state of Delaware’s first-ever American Legion World Series title, earned the top award.
Awards are for performances in regional and World Series play.
The winners are as follows:
George W. Rulon American Legion Player of the Year Award – Chris Ludman of Wilmington, Del., Post 1
James F. Daniel Jr. Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Sam Goodman of Dubuque County, Iowa Post 137
Bob Feller Pitching Award - Jimmy Gambino of Las Vegas Post 40 (25 strikeouts)
Dr. Irvin “Click” Cowger RBI Award – Bryce Marsh of Randolph Co., N.C. Post 45 (15 RBIs)
American Legion Baseball Slugger Award - Sam Link of Dubuque County, Iowa Post 137 (.555 batting average)
American Legion Baseball Big Stick Award – Austin Colmery of Wilmington, Del., Post 1 (21 total bases)
Jack Williams Memorial Leadership Award – Wilmington, Del., Post 1 coaching staff
STAT CREW All-Tournament Team –
1B - Jack Merrifield of Gonzales, La., Post 81
2B - Brayden Caskey of Gonzales, La., Post 81
3B - Edarian Williams of Las Vegas Post 40
SS - Nate Thomas of Wilmington, Del., Post 1
Catcher - Parker Schmidt of Las Vegas Post 40
Utility – Sam Link of Dubuque County, Iowa Post 137
Utility – Eric Ludman from Wilmington Del., Post 1
OF – Austin Colmery from Wilmington Del., Post 1
OF – Jason Sharman from Las Vegas Nev., Post 40
OF – Trevor Marsh from Randolph County, N.C., Post 45
P – Jimmy Gamboa from Las Vegas, Nev., Post 40
P – Sam Goodman of Dubuque County, Iowa Post 137
P – Chris Ludman of Wilmington Del., Post 1