Gardiner named PGCBL Player of the Year

AMSTERDAM – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced that Josh Gardiner of the Amsterdam Mohawks has been chosen as the 2014 PGCBL Player of the Year.

Gardiner, a senior at Radford, led the PGCBL with a .543 on-base percentage and finished second in the league with a .415 batting average.

Gardiner’s .543 on-base percentage set a new league record, topping the .497 marks of 2013 PGCBL Player of the Year John Nogowski and the 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year Ross Kivett.

Outside of batting average and on-base percentage, Gardiner finished in the top five among the league leaders in five other offensive categories. His .511 slugging percentage was tied for fifth, 56 hits were fourth most in the league, 29 RBIs was fifth, 10 hit by pitches was first and 29 walks was second. He stole 16 bases in 21 attempts, which was tied for seventh in the league.

Gardiner, who hit in the three spot and manned second base for the record breaking Amsterdam club, led the Mohawks in six major offensive categories: batting average, on-base percentage, hits, total bases (tied with John Razzino), walks and hit by pitches. He finished in the top five in all but one category, home runs (1). Amsterdam, which set a PGCBL record with 36 wins, has advanced to the PGCBL Championship for the fourth consecutive season.

With runners in scoring position, Gardiner hit .411 (23-for-56) and he had 13 2-out RBIs. In 13 opportunities with a runner on third and less than two outs, Gardiner drove in the runs 54 percent of the time. He also struck out just twenty times in 135 at-bats. On July 29, he drove in six runs, most in any single game in the PGCBL in 2014.

Defensively, Gardiner committed just three errors and finished with an even 100 assists on the season (sixth most in the league). He was also a part of 17 turned double plays.

The Culpepper, Virginia native was named the PGCBL Player of the Week for Week Four, which spanned from June 26 through July 2. During that week, Gardiner went 10-for-19 on the week with five RBIs and two doubles. He walked six times and posted an on-base percentage of .654 over the week.

Jayson Yano of the Newark Pilots was selected as the 2014 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year.

Yano, a junior at Stevens, led the league with six wins, while posting an ERA of 1.35, which was second best among qualified pitchers. Opponents hit just .221 off the right-hander, tied for third best in the league. He led the league with five complete games. Yano struck out 41 batters in 53.1 innings, good for fifth (tied) and third best in the league.

While Yano held all batters to a .221 batting average, he was particularly tough on right-handers, who went just 12-for-58 (.207) off him. Yano made nine appearances overall, seven of those being starts. He averaged 5.93 innings per game and less than a walk a game.