DONNA MILLS NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
THREE NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM, RUSSO COLLECTS INDIVIDUAL PITCHING AWARD
August 6, 2006
TAIPEI, Taiwan --- Third baseman Donna Mills (Lynn, MA) was voted the IBAF Women's World Cup Most Valuable Player as Team USA received its gold medals at the closing ceremony tonight at Tienmu Baseball Stadium. Mills also received an award for totaling the highest number of RBI recorded in the tournament with 13.
Pitcher Trista Russo (Galway, NY) was awarded the individual honor for posting the best win-loss record after collecting the decision in the victory against Japan earlier today. Russo was 1-0 and had a team-high eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.
Mills, batted .474 and led Team USA with nine hits while adding seven runs scored and three doubles. Mills was instrumental in the win today, driving in four runs while going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Mills was selected to the All-Star team as the tournament's best third baseman and joins outfielders Bridget Venturi-Veneema (Deerfield, IL) and Kim Braatz-Voisard (Phoenix, AZ), who were also named tournament All-Stars.
Venturi-Veneema and Braatz-Voisard were errorless defensively, starting in all six games for Team USA. Venturi-Veneema batted .444 with eight hits, four RBI and two stolen bases while Braatz-Voisard hit .389 with seven hits, three doubles and four runs batted in.
Below is the complete list of awards:
Women's World Cup Awards
Leading hitter: Tomomi Nishi (Japan)
Pitcher with best ERA: Feng Yin Chen (Chinese-Taipei)
Pitcher with best won-loss record: Trista Russo (USA)
Most runs batted in: Donna Mills (USA)
Most home runs: Ayumi Ota (Japan)
Most stolen bases: Samantha Hamilton (Australia)
Most runs scored: Kazumi Morii (Japan)
Outstanding defensive player: Tomomi Takashima (Japan)
Most Valuable Player: Donna Mills (USA)
P - Simone Wearne (Australia)
P - Lin Pei Chun (Chinese-Taipei)
C - Tomomi Nakashima (Japan)
1B - Amanda Asay (Australia)
2B - Shae Lillywhite (Australia)
3B - Donna Mills (USA)
SS - Ayumi Ota (Japan)
OF - Bridget Venturi-Veneema (USA)
OF - Kim Braatz-Voissard (USA)
OF - Amy McCaan (Australia)
DH - Tomomi Nishi (Japan)