Fosdick, Montoya named All-League

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Steamboat Springs baseball coach Sean Hicks hands out all sorts of awards, including a basic batting title honor and the more unique Top 10 Play of All Time.

The Sailors officially wrapped up the 2005 season with the annual awards banquet last week, enabling Hicks and the coaching staff to recognize individual players for their accomplishments.

Seniors Tyler Fosdick and Ben Montoya, who attends Soroco High School, were named to the Western Slope All-League teams. Fosdick, who ended the season with a .407 average, was named to the first team, and Montoya, a pitcher and catcher, was an honorable mention All-League selection.

Montoya was selected as the team MVP, as well.

Fosdick and Montoya will play in the WSL All-Star Showcase game at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rifle. The new Rifle field is off Colorado Highway 13 as you drive into Rifle from Meeker.

Fosdick also received the Golden Glove award for his stellar play at shortstop. The senior had one play during the season that Hicks thought deserved an award all by itself and presented Fosdick with the Top 10 Play of All Time award.

"He made a catch in shallow right field between the right fielder and the second baseman against Glenwood," Hicks said. "He caught it like a foot off the ground and then threw out the guy at home trying to score from third. It was the most amazing play I've ever seen."

Steamboat junior Zack Savage won the Sportsman Award given by the coaching staff. Savage also won the batting title, hitting .415 for the season mostly out of the clean-up spot.

Senior Nick Leader, a left-hander who threw a complete game against Rifle, won the Cy Young award. Freshman Andrew Kulas received the Rookie of the Year award. He primarily was a left fielder. Kulas also held another distinction.

"He laid down the most two-strike bunts," Hicks said. "He had three or four and a couple nearly went for hits."

Steamboat finished 4-15 overall.

The coaching staff also recognized those players who did an exceptional job in fund-raising efforts before and during the season. Michael Lyon sold the most tickets for the recent Haymaker season pass fund-raiser, and Savage was the top fund-raiser in the Steamboat Springs baseball-hat sale. He tallied $250 in sales.

Fund-raisers are the primary form of revenue for the baseball program, a Tier II sport. Money taken in from drawings and sales supports coaches' salaries, umpires fees and equipment, such as game balls.

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