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Bolts a big part of 2012 postseason awards!

Mike Recchia became the first ThunderBolt to win the Brian Tollberg Award when he was named the Frontier League’s top pitcher this afternoon. Recchia was one of two ThunderBolt players honored when the postseason awards were released. Chad Cregar joins Recchia on the postseason all-star team as the league’s top designated hitter. The ThunderBolts front office was honored as well, as General Manager Mike Lucas was named the Executive of the Year. The Southtown Star was voted Newspaper of the Year.

 

Recchia receives his award after setting the Frontier League records this season for shutouts (five) and strikeouts (167). The former record had stood for nine years and the latter eclipsed the mark established by ThunderBolt Dustin Williams just last year. Recchia soared past the strikeout record, breaking the previous high of 157 with one start to go. At one point in August, Recchia led the Frontier League in all three Triple Crown categories, wins, ERA and strikeouts. He still is tied for the most wins, 11 to only three losses. His ERA sits at 2.64. Seven times this season, the Crestwood native reached double-digit strikeouts with his high coming on July 2, when he fanned 16 Evansville Otters in a 2-0 win.

 

Recchia put together one of the most dominant seasons in the league’s 20-year history, leading the league with six complete games. He twice had scoreless streaks reach 26 innings and to go along with his five shutouts, he entered the ninth inning without allowing a run two other times. Recchia is the first major award winner for the Bolts since Williams took home the Jason Simontacchi Award for Rookie of the Year in 2010.

 

Cregar enters play on Thursday second in the league in both home runs (28) and RBIs (86). He set new ThunderBolts single-season records in both categories and, on August 19, became the Bolts’ all-time home run leader when he hit his 33rd. He is hitting .290 and leads all active players in the league with his .585 slugging percentage. He has played in every game this year and ranks second in the league in extra-base hits (49) and total bases (210), while also stealing six bags. Cregar was a mid-season all-star as a first baseman.

 

Cregar, in his second season with Windy City, joins Recchia as the tenth and eleventh players in franchise history to be named to the Post-Season All-Star team. It is the third time, after 2007 and 2008, that more than one ThunderBolt has been selected for the team.

 

Lucas is in his third year as General Manager of the ThunderBolts and his ninth overall with the organization. He had held no fewer than five titles in his first six years with the team, including two seasons spent as Assistant General Manager before rising to his current position prior to the 2010 season. His award marks the first time a Windy City executive has been named the Executive of the Year.

 

The Southtown Star, based in Tinley Park, has been the primary reporter of Windy City ThunderBolts news, and was named the Newspaper of the Year for its coverage of the ThunderBolts and the Frontier League.




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