BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior shortstop Alex Bregman was named the tournament Most Valuable Player Sunday as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team defeated Japan, 6-3, to win the championship game of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
Bregman is one of several Tigers who have earned distinction this summer, as six of his LSU teammates have been selected to play in their respective leagues’ All-Star games. Senior infielder Conner Hale, junior outfielder Mark Laird, junior catcher Chris Chinea and junior outfielder Andrew Stevenson will play in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game; senior left-hander Henri Faucheux was chosen for the Alaska League All-Star Game; and senior right-hander Brady Domangue was selected for the Florida Collegiate League All-Star Game.
Bregman hit .367 in the eight-game Honkbal Week tournament with two RBI, eight runs scored, six stolen bases and a .441 on-base percentage. He struck out just once in 30 at-bats, and he committed only one error in 39 chances.
Bregman is the fourth player from the United States to win the Jacques Reuvers Award, given to the Honkbal Week MVP, joining Chris Sabo (1980), Bobby Crosby (2000) and Ryan Jackson (2008). The U.S., which has an 18-3-2 record this summer, will next be in action when it travels to Cuba for a five-game series, July 23-27.
The Cape Cod League All-Star Game is set for Sunday, July 27 at 6 p.m. ET in Bourne, Mass. Fourteen LSU players have been selected for the Cape Cod League All-Star Game since 2008, the most in the nation over that seven-season span.
Laird is hitting .330 this summer for the Bourne Braves with two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and 15 steals, while Hale is batting .308 for the Falmouth Commodores with five doubles, three homers and 20 RBI. Stevenson is batting .300 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox with five doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and 17 stolen bases, and Chinea is hitting .329 with four doubles and 16 RBI for the Wareham Gatemen.
Faucheux has a 2.22 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 28.1 innings for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska League, and Domangue has recorded 13 strikeouts in 17.2 innings for the Winter Garden Squeeze of the Florida Collegiate League.