Brandon Hohl (top) and Justin Parr were named postseason award winners by the Northwoods League Friday.
Oct. 12, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A pair of University of Illinois seniors earned postseason honors from the Northwoods League on Friday, as third baseman Brandon Hohl earned a Rawlings Finest in the Field award as the league's top defensive third baseman and outfielder Justin Parr received a Rawlings Big Stick honor as one of the three best hitters among all NWL outfielders in 2012.
Hohl posted a .930 fielding percentage to lead all NWL third baseman in 2012, committing only 15 errors over 70 games while helping turn eight double plays, a figure that led his team, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
Parr had the second-highest batting average in the NWL this summer, posting a .370 mark while playing for the Rochester Honkers. He trailed only Alexandria second baseman Tanner Vavra and Duluth outfielder James Ramsey, who both hit .381 over the summer. Parr's 90 hits ranked third in the NWL, while he tied for fourth with 18 doubles. He ranked fifth in stolen bases, 14th in runs (48) and 15th in home runs (8) in 58 games and 243 at bats.
The Illini finished their fall practice period on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and look forward to the opening day of the 2013 season, which will be Friday, Feb. 15. Illinois returns seven starters in the field and all three pitchers who ended the season in the weekend rotation, among the team's 17 returning letter winners. The full 2013 schedule will be released in the coming weeks.