Silver tallied seven putouts and 13 assists, while committing only one error in 21 chances. In addition to his defense, Silver hit .375 (6-for-16) at the World Series with one home run and five RBIs. His seven runs scored were second only to teammate Brady Renner’s 10.
Renner, a senior center fielder, was joined by Lee senior catcher Danny Canela on the Series All-Tournament team.
Faulkner starting pitcher Johnny Shuttlesworth took home All-Tournament Team and World Series Most Valuable Player honors after helping the Eagles capture the program’s first-ever national baseball championship.
National champion Faulkner and runner-up Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) dominated the All-Tournament team with 11 of the possible 16 members. The All-Tournament awards were selected by the World Series Games Committee, NAIA officials and the media covering the event. Lewis-Clark State led all teams with six players selected to the squad.
Antonio Kendrick of Faulkner (Ala.) took home the Charles Berry Hustle Award. The senior outfielder was 2-for-2 in stolen bases to go along with a .368 (7-for-19) batting average and five runs scored. He also recorded 10 putouts and two assists from his center field position.
Faulkner scored six runs in the top of the second inning, opening a gulf the Lewis-Clark State couldn’t bridge and helping the Eagles to an 11-4 victory in the national championship game Thursday evening.
Faulkner finishes the 2013 season with a record of 56-11, and will bring the program’s first-ever NAIA baseball championship home to Montgomery, Ala.
The loss ended the Warriors’ season with a 45-15 record, and it was their 22nd appearance in the tournament’s final game. It marked Lewis-Clark State’s sixth time as the national runner-up, and the Warriors got to the championship round as the tournament’s No. 7 seed.
Lee made its seventh straight appearance in the World Series semifinals, finishing third after falling to co-Southern States Athletic Conference champion Faulkner 8-4 on Wednesday evening.
The World Series marked the final NAIA sporting event for the Flames as the school’s athletic programs will join the NCAA Division II this fall. Lee will be playing in the Gulf South Conference along with the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) University, Delta State (Miss.) University, the University of North Alabama, Valdosta State (Ga.) University, University of West Alabama, University of West Florida, the University of West Georgia, Shorter (Ga.) University and Union (Tenn.) University.
2013 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series
Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Cayleb Coker Faulkner (Ala.) 1B Sr. Atalla, Ala.
Sam Robison The Master's (Calif.) 2B So. San JuanCapistrano, Calif.
Brady Steiger Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 3B Jr. Port Orchard, Wash.
Bobby Joe Tannehill Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) SS Sr. Auburn, Wash.
Jeff Lemon Embry-Riddle (Fla.) INF Sr. Bunnell, Fla.
Kyle Blackwell Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) C Sr. Fruitland, Idaho
Danny Canela Lee (Tenn.) C Sr. Miami, Fla.
Kyle Knigge Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) OF Jr. Lewiston, Idaho
Jake Shirley Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) OF Jr. West Covina, Calif.
Brady Renner Lee (Tenn.) OF Sr. Aurora, Ill.
David Bishop Faulkner (Ala.) OF Sr. Mobile, Ala.
Michael Cruz Faulkner (Ala.) DH Jr. Dominican Republic
Cody Faulkner Northwood (Texas) P So. Irving, Texas
Anthony Armanino Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) P Sr. San Carlos, Calif.
Johnny Shuttlesworth Faulkner (Ala.) P Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Julian Esquibel Faulkner (Ala.) P Jr. Vista, Calif.
Charles Berry Hustle Award: Antonio Kendrick, Faulkner (Ala.)
Gold Glove Award: Josh Silver, Lee (Tenn.)
Most Valuable Player: Johnny Shuttlesworth, Faulkner (Ala.)