Huskies outfielders Anthony Buonaiuto and Robin Fox-Pappas were rewarded for standout 2018 seasons on Thursday night, with both being named OCAA Baseball All-Stars at the Awards Banquet in Oshawa.
It marks the second consecutive year that Buonaiuto has earned the honour, as the 6'3" middle of the order bat put together an impressive campaign in 2018. Batting out of the two hole for the majority of the season, Buonaiuto's .397 batting average and .559 slugging percentage both ranked fourth in the province, while his 27 hits and six doubles were both the top marks in the OCAA. In addition to his work at the plate, Buonaiuto made numerous spectacular defensive plays and was a leader all season.
"Anthony has been the heart and soul of this team," said head coach AJ Wideman. "From mentoring young players to producing every day, he's really gone about his business the right way. He has been an excellent ambassador for this program and any team would be lucky to have him"
Fox-Pappas .395 batting average put him one spot below Buonaiuto with the fifth-best mark in the province, and he finished with 12 RBI's (7th) and fourth stolen bases (8th) despite missing six games. He was also a solid defensive player who provided grit and tenacity at the plate and in the outfield all season; he was unquestionably one of the most feared middle of the order bats in Ontario.
"Year in, year out, Robin has undoubtedly been one of the biggest offensive threats in the league," said Wideman. "This year, again, he is recognized for his abilities. His maturity on and off the field has been a huge plus for our club also, passing on his experiences to many and being one of the faces of GBC."
The Huskies multiple all-star nods marks the first time since the program's inception in 2013-14 that George Brown has boasted more than one all-star, and points to the fact that the Huskies are heading in the right direction.
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