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2008 AVISTA-NAIA Baseball All-Tournament Team Selected

May 31, 2008
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 2008 AVISTA-NAIA Baseball All-Tournament Team, as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Games Committee and attending media. Brian Ward, a junior catcher from Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), has been picked as the Most Valuable Player.

For the World Series, Ward hit .444 (12-for-27) including 3-for-5 in the Championship game. In five games, Ward has knocked in eight RBI, three home runs and a World-Series high five doubles. His highlight game came in the first Championship game against Lee (Tenn.) on Thursday night. Smashing two home runs and going 3-for-5 with three RBI, Ward completed LCSC's comeback with the game-winning double in the ninth inning.

Jeremy Hutslar of Lee (Tenn.) was tabbed with the Charlie Hustle Award while teammate Brian Bistagne won the Gold Glove Award.

Other awards were dished out including the Hank Burbridge Champions of Character Team Award (Lewis-Clark State) and Buffalo Funds-NAIA 5-Star Champions of Character Team Award (Lewis-Clark State). Both accolades recognize the team that has best exhibited the five core character values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship.

Chris Maloney, a senior left-handed pitcher from Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University, was pegged as the Hank Burbridge Champion of Character player. This marked the fifth straight year for recognizing this award in memory of Hall of Fame Coach Hank Burbridge who won over 1,000 games in 40 years at Spring Arbor (Mich.).

2008 AVISTA-NAIA Baseball All-Tournament Team

Pos. Name School Year Hometown
1B Chris Warters Lee (Tenn.) Jr. Los Angeles, Calif.
2B Jesse Bachman Spring Arbor (Mich.) Jr. Middlebury, Ind.
SS Brian Bistagne Lee (Tenn.) Jr. Glendale, Calif.
3B Kyle Greene Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Sr. Lewiston, Idaho
INF Ikaika Lester Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Sr. Kaunakakai, Hawaii
C Lucas Rider Spring Arbor (Mich.) Jr. Elkhart, Ind.
C Brian Ward Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Jr. Huntington Beach, Calif.
OF B.J. Wheeler Oklahoma City Jr. Abilene, Texas
OF Jon Herbig Spring Arbor (Mich.) So. Noxon, Mont.
OF Drew Evans Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Jr. Tucson, Ariz.
OF Jeremy Hutslar Lee (Tenn.) Sr. Floyds Knobs, Ind.
DH Branden Roper-Hubbert Embry-Riddle (Fla.) So. Ellenwood, Ga.
P Pablo Lopez Lee (Tenn.) Jr. Hollywood, Calif.
P Jonny Bravo Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Jr. Chino, Calif.
P Matt Fitts Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Jr. Santa Rosa, Calif.
P Justin Mace Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Sr. Boise, Idaho
AVISTA-NAIA Most Valuable Player - Brian Ward, Lewis-Clark State (College)
Charlie Hustle Award - Jeremy Hutslar, Lee (Tenn.) University
Gold Glove Award - Brian Bistagne, Lee (Tenn.) University
Hank Burbridge Champion of Character Player - Chris Maloney, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.)
Hank Burbridge Champions of Character Team - Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College
Buffalo Funds-NAIA 5-Star Champions of Character Team Award - Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College

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