Two members of the Cambria Reds Little League team — Chase Volz and Edgar Nunez — were named co-winners of the Steve Kniffen Award during closing ceremonies at Lila Kaiser Park in Morro Bay on Saturday, June 8.
The Kniffen Award goes each year to the 12-year-old player who best demonstrates outstanding leadership, sportsmanship and a true love of the game, according to Reds’ head coach Gary Stephenson. Kniffen was on hand to give out the awards.
Each of the players received individual trophies and their names were engraved on the Kniffen Trophy, which is kept in the Santa Lucia Middle School library.
Stephenson said that Volz was “a dominant pitcher and at the plate he batted .696 with an on-base percentage of .727.” Nunez played catcher and shortstop and ended the season with a .545 batting average and an on-base percentage of .600; he belted two home runs “that easily cleared the center field wall,” Stephenson explained.
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Both of these players showed the kind of sportsmanship and dedication that coaches appreciate, Stephenson continued. “They are hard-working, intense competitors who come prepared to play ball every day,” the coach pointed out. “They are the nicest guys you’ll ever meet,” he concluded.
Previous winners include Alexis Mireles in 2011 and co-winners Will Stephenson and Thor Ronemus in 2012.