Five Pilots Earn 2012 PGCBL All-League Honors

Daniel Thorpe and Joe Landi selected to First Team

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First baseman, Brent Langston (Delta State)

First baseman, Brent Langston (Delta State)

Posted: 8/27/2012

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced its selections for the 2012 All-League Team on Monday, August 20. Five members of the Newark Pilots earned the honors, with two named to the First Team.

Sidearm ace Daniel Thorpe (St. Joseph’s) and third baseman Joe Landi (Rhode Island) were both selected to the All-League First Team.

Thorpe led the Newark pitching staff throughout 2012. He finished the season with a 6-1 record and a 3.20 ERA in eight starts. His six wins was one less than the league leader, and tied the Pilots’ single-season win total set by the 2011 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year Dominick Ruscitti.

The Centreville, Virginia native led the league with 56.1 innings pitched. He was fourth in strikeouts with 51 and batting average with opponents hitting just .232 against him. He was also fifth among qualifiers with only 23 runs allowed. Thorpe was the only pitcher in the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game to throw more than one inning, striking out a pair in two innings of work.

Landi was a regular at third base for the Pilots, but also played second, shortstop, and all three outfield positions. He even made four relief appearances on the mound. He started at left field in the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game.

The Narragansett, Rhode Island native was third on the squad with a .329 batting average. He tallied 51 hits, 42 runs scored, 35 RBI, and two homeruns. He was second in the league with 31 stolen bases, and was only caught stealing once. In 155 at bats, Landi only struck out six times. On the mound, the submarine right-hander struck out four in 4.1 innings.

The remainder of the Newark infield made the All-League Second Team. First baseman Brent Langston (Delta State), second baseman Josh Perez (Mississippi College) and shortstop Josh Crowdus (Delta State) were all honored by the league.

Langston filled the Pilots’ three-hole or cleanup spot in the lineup. The 6’2″, 240-pounder from Southaven, Mississippi led the league with 42 RBI, tying the league record from last season. He batted .286 with 50 hits, 31 runs scored, and three homers. His 20 extra-base hits paced the Pilots, and his 17 doubles were third-highest in the league. Defensively, Langston, also an All-Star, led the league with 387 chances, 362 putouts, and 35 double plays fielded.

New Iberia, Louisiana’s Perez finished the season as Newark’s top batter, leading the team with a .356 average, which was also the fourth-highest in the league. He was tied for the team lead with 53 hits, and was second with 11 stolen bases. He scored 32 runs and drove in 19 more.

Crowdus was tied with Perez with a team-best 53 hits, and his .333 batting average was 10th overall in the league. He scored 35 runs and collected 16 RBI. The native of Houma, Louisiana was fourth in the league with 26 fielded double plays.

The duo of Crowdus and Perez were key pieces to Newark’s offense, which lacked overwhelming power. The speedy pair, who could often lay down bunts for base hits, went one-two respectively in the league in sacrifice bunts. Crowdus set a new league record with 12, and Perez followed closely with seven.

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