In the previous post we reviewed the Most Improved Players for 2013. In this post, we’ll review the players who the Rebels voted their most valuable players of 2013.
There were some very good performances from the Rebels players this year. Gary Green stepped in to pitch when we lost Jason Pullin to injury before the season started. Gary showed on more than one occasion why he is an extremely good pitcher and solid player. Gemma Jones built on her MIP award in 2012 with a very good year, a .500 batting average with 13 RBIs was a very productive return at the top of the order. So the bar was very high. In the end the Rebels players voted for Chris “Fletch” Fletcher and Ellie Wheeler.
This was Fletch’s first season with the club, he joined to play a midweek sport to supplement his cricket. As it turns out, Softball trumps cricket in the enjoyment stakes for him. His cricket background was a real advantage from day one, he showed he was very capable of picking up the required techniques and rules. His numbers were very impressive, batting .583 with 21 RBIs and 3 home runs. He was second overall in the club for Put Outs (38) and Assists (24), only Gary Green topped these numbers. When it mattered in games he made the plays. Fletch can be very proud of his season, especially as he went on to represent the club at the League All-Star game and won the MVP for that game too. He and the club can look forward to a great 2014.
Ellie also was new to the club this year. A product of our partnership with Sir William Borlase Grammar School Ellie has natural sporting ability. She played both for the Royals and Rebels this year and won an army of fans where ever she played, including some GB scouts. Her numbers were equally as impressive as Fletchs, even more so when you factor in she only played 7 games for the Rebels. She batted .576, highest female in the club, scored 11 runs and hit 16 RBIs. Like Fletch Ellie went on to represent the club at the League All-Star game and also picked up an MVP award, what made this even more special was the fact she was called up to the Division 1 squad to replace an injury withdrawal. It will be a busy winter for Ellie, apart from her hockey commitments, she will be attending the BSUK Academy. This will certainly help her development and the club too.
Congratulations to the Fletch and Ellie, and to all the Rebels players who put in such a fantastic effort this season.