Millers-Stinnett-Jul17Aidan Stinnet led the WMBL in batting average, doubles and hits. (file photo)

Aidan Stinnett was there for the Moose Jaw Miller Express night in and night out throughout the season and his strong first season in Moose Jaw has been rewarded.

The Millers’ third baseman was named the Western Major Baseball League rookie of the year on Thursday afternoon.

Stinnett led the WMBL in batting average, hitting .393 in 43 games, hits with 72 and doubles with 23.  He added three home runs and 34 RBI to complete an all around strong summer at the plate.

Coming to Moose Jaw via the University of San Diego, Stinnett also brought a solid glove with him to the field throughout the season, posting a .925 fielding percentage with 25 putouts and 98 assists.

Stinnett was joined by outfielder Miles Hunter and starting pitcher Terry McNabb as WMBL first team all-stars.  Hunter had his season cut short after heading to medical school, but he still finished second in the WMBL in batting average at .391.

McNabb led the WMBL in wins, going 8-1 in nine starts.  He also had a league-best 73 strikeouts compared to just 12 walks, while posting a 2.48 ERA in 69 innings pitched.

Josh Johnson out of Swift Current was named WMBL most valuable player after setting the league record with 38 stolen bases and finishing third with a .379 average.

The Canadian rookie of the year was Okotoks’ Tyrell King, while Lethbridge’s Ryan MacDonald was named coach of the year.

The WMBL also announced on Thursday that the league set a new attendance record during the 2014 season with over 156,000 fans coming out to games over the summer in 11 cities.  That shatters the previous record of 136,000 set last year.

The playoffs open on Friday in the WMBL with the Millers in Medicine Hat to take on the Mavericks.

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