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Saturday, December 28, 2019
Mohawks All-Decade Team

By Jon Sargalis
In a decade that saw the Mohawks win 6 championships, we've had had some exceptionally talented players in the past 10 years. These are the best players at each position in the 2010s.
Starting Pitcher: Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky-2012) 
Every start was an event when Chandler Shepherd took the mound as the ace of a very talented pitching staff in 2012 and was the winning pitcher in the championship clinching game. Including playoffs, he was 9-0 in 10 appearances with a 1.73 ERA in 67.2 innings with 64 strikeouts and 13 walks. He was named the PGCBL Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and is currently pitching for the Baltimore Orioles.
Relief Pitcher: Abram Williams (Radford 2010-11) 
Abram is the Mohawks All-Time Saves leader as he recorded 21 in his 2 years as the Mohawks closer. In 2010, Abram was unhittable as he allowed just 1 run all season in 18 appearances with 11 saves. He pitched 23.1 innings with a 0.39 ERA, 30 strikeouts, 2 walks and held opposing hitters to a .127 average. In 2011, Abram recorded 10 saves with a 2.42 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. In total, Williams had a 1.38 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 45.2 innings as hitters constantly swung over his devastating breaking ball in the 9th inning.
Catcher: Joe Genord (South Florida-2016, 2018) 
Joe is the Mohawks Home Run King and an RBI machine. The 2016 PGCBL MVP led the Mohawks to a championship in 2016 and nearly another one in 2018. Combining both regular season and playoff numbers for his 2 seasons, Joe hit .301 in 97 games with 20 home runs, 26 doubles, 100 RBI and 67 runs scored. Joe is currently in the New York Mets farm system.
Designated Hitter: Maxwell Costes (Maryland-2019) 
Max owns the Mohawks single season home run record as he belted out 12 during the regular season this past year. The 2019 PGCBL Player of the Year led the Mohawks to a championship title in 2019 as he played a total of 42 games with a .380 average, 15 total home runs, 13 doubles, 42 RBI and 43 runs scored.
First Base: John Nogowski (Florida State-2013)
John was the PGCBL MVP and helped lead the Mohawks to a championship in 2013. He played 44 games with a .365 average, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 24 RBI and 33 runs scored. He's currently playing in Triple-A with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Second Base: Josh Gardiner (Radford 2013-14)
Josh won 2 championships with the Mohawks in 2013 and 14 and was named the league MVP in 2014. In 2013, Gardiner had a .327 average with 15 doubles, 1 triple and 4 home runs with 33 RBI, 40 runs and 15 stolen bases. In 2014, he had a .415 average with 10 doubles, 1 home run, 29 RBI, 26 runs and 16 stolen bases. Including playoffs, Josh played 95 total games for the Mohawks with a .374 average, 26 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 67 RBI, 78 runs and 35 stolen bases. Josh played in the minors for the New York Yankees.
Shortstop: Zach Shank (Marist-2011)
Zach played 45 games with the Mohawks in 2011 and held the record for the most hits in a single season for 6 years with 58. He had a .341 average with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 17 RBI, 38 runs and 6 stolen bases. Zach made it to Triple-A with the Seattle Mariners.
Third Base: John Valente (St. John's-2017)
John missed the first couple weeks of the Mohawks 2017 season and still set the Mohawks hit record with 62 that season in 35 games played. He had a .422 average with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 26 RBI, 37 runs and 11 stolen bases. John is currently in the Detroit Tigers farm system.
Left Field: John Razzino (Franklin Pierce-2014)
John was the definition of a 5-tool outfielder and helped the Mohawks win a championship in 2014. He had a .370 average in 37 games with 5 home runs and 34 RBI. He stole 23 bases, which is a Mohawks single season record and his arm in the outfield threw out 6 base runners. 
Center Field: Ed Charlton (NJIT 2012-13)
Ed helped the Mohawks win back-to-back championship in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, he hit .353 in 36 games with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 30 RBI, 31 runs and 9 stolen bases. In 2013, Ed hit .300 in 45 games with 6 home runs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 33 RBI, 29 runs scored and 9 stolen bases. Including playoffs, Ed played 92 total games with the Mohawks, hit .317 with 16 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs, 72 RBI, 68 runs and stole 20 bases. Ed went on to play in the Reds minor league system.
Right Field: Kyle Barrett (Kentucky-2013)
Right field was one of the toughest decisions to make, Kyle  Barrett stood out as one of the best leadoff hitters for the Mohawks. He hit .343 in 38 games, scored 29 runs and stole 18 bases to help the Mohawks win a championship in 2013. He had outstanding defense and didn't commit any errors in the outfield. In the playoffs, he had 4 RBI, 6 runs scored and 5 stolen bases. Kyle was drafted by the Marlins and made it to Double-A.


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