2002 NECBL season

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2002 NECBL season
Regular season
Duration June 8 – August 1
Playoffs
Start date August 2
Quarterfinal 1 Danbury over Middletown
Quarterfinal 2 Newport over North Adams
Quarterfinal 3 Keene over Torrington
Quarterfinal 4 Mill City over Concord
Semifinal 1 Newport over Danbury
Semifinal 2 Keene over Mill City
NECBL Championship Series
Date August 9–10
Site Alumni Field, Cardines Field
Champions Newport
2001  NECBL seasons  2003

The 2002 NECBL season was the ninth season in the history of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The league expanded to twelve franchises with the addition of the North Adams SteepleCats of North Adams, Massachusetts and the Sanford Mainers of Sanford, Maine, the league's first franchise in the New England state of Maine. Also, the league's Willimantic, Connecticut franchise changed its name from the Eastern Tides to the Thread City Tides Tides.[1]

In the quarterfinal playoff rounds, Danbury defeated Middletown 2–0, Newport defeated North Adams 2–1, Keene defeated Torrington 2–1, and Mill City defeated Concord 2–1. In the semifinal rounds, Newport defeated Danbury 2–0, and Keene defeated Lowell 2–1, setting up a championship series between the Newport Gulls and the Keene Swamp Bats. In game 1, Newport defeated Keene 8–4, and in game 2, Newport defeated Keene 3–2 to win the NECBL championship.[2]

Regular season standings[edit]

Western Division[edit]

Team Wins Losses Win Pct. GB
Danbury Westerners 25 16 .610 0
North Adams SteepleCats 23 19 .548 2.5
Torrington Twisters 22 20 .524 3.5
Manchester Silkworms 16 26 .381 9.5

Northern Division[edit]

Team Wins Losses Win Pct. GB
Keene Swamp Bats 31 11 .738 0
Concord Quarry Dogs 24 17 .585 6.5
Lowell All-Americans 24 18 .571 7
Sanford Mainers 15 27 .357 16

Southern Division[edit]

Team Wins Losses Win Pct. GB
Newport Gulls 25 17 .595 0
Middletown Giants 23 19 .548 2
Riverpoint Royals 13 29 .310 12
Thread City Tides 10 32 .238 15

League leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Avg. Mike Wagner North Adams .342
ERA Grant Reynolds Danbury 0.46
H Mike Wagner North Adams 50
R Mike Wagner North Adams 39
RBI Bryan LaHair Keene 33
2B Joseph Cantone Riverpoint 12
3B Mike Wagner North Adams 4
HR Bennett Stapf Danbury 7
TB Mike Wagner North Adams 85
SB Rafael Lara Newport 22
K David Humen Keene 77

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League Awards[edit]

Award Player NECBL team
Most Valuable Player Mike Wagner North Adams
Top Pro Prospect Grant Reynolds Concord
Batting Champion Mike Wagner (.342) North Adams
10th Player Award Trey Hendricks Keene
Defensive Player of the Year Rafael Lara Newport
Top Pitcher Grant Reynolds Concord
Top Relief Pitcher Chris Homer North Adams
Sportsmanship Award Ranger Wiens Newport
Rookie of the Year Jeff Frazier Danbury
Most Improved Player Mike Bergeron Newport
Manager of the Year Paul Swingle Keene

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Attendance[edit]

Rnk Team Year Total Game Average Rnk Change¿ Total Att Change Game Avg Change
1 Keene Swamp Bats 38,898 1,852 +1 +7,889 +302
2 Torrington Twisters 29,345 1,467 +1 +7,454 +251
3 Concord Quarry Dogs 30,315 1,443 -2 -1,352 -140
4 North Adams SteepleCats 19,087 908 N/A N/A N/A
5 Newport Gulls 16,640 792 -1 +5,149 +116
6 Sanford Mainers 13,829 658 N/A N/A N/A
7 Manchester Silkworms 8,728 415 -2 +757 -5
8 Danbury Westerners 6,992 368 -2 +2,186 +128
9 Middletown Giants 7,561 360 +0 +5,736 +253
10 Thread City Tides 4,226 201 +0 +2,363 +108
11 Riverpoint Royals 3,800 172 -4 +534 +9
12 Mill City All Americans 2,975 156 -4 +206 +10
TOTAL NECBL 182,396 735 +63,838 -257

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  • ¿ Comparisons in relation to 2001 NECBL season.
  • † The North Adams SteepleCats and Sanford Mainers were founded for the 2003 season.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.necbl.com/2002finalstandings.htm NECBL standings archive; URL accessed December 9, 2008
  2. ^ http://www.necbl.com/2webstats/Confstat.htm NECBL playoff archive; URL accessed December 9, 2008
  3. ^ http://www.necbl.com/1webstats/Lgsumm.htm#form.lgt NECBL league leaders archive; URL accessed December 9, 2008
  4. ^ http://www.necbl.com/awards2002.htm NECBL standings archive; URL accessed December 9, 2008
  5. ^ http://www.necbl.com/1webstats/Confstat.htm NECBL team statistics archive; URL accessed December 21, 2008

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