FARMINGTON — Looking at the 2014 Connie Mack World Series All-Tournament Team, it's clear the two best teams of the series met in the championship game on Friday night at Ricketts Park.
D-BAT Gallegos and the Midland Redskins accounted for nine of the 15 players named to the All-Tournament Team, which was announced during the series' closing ceremonies after Friday's championship.
D-BAT Gallegos, who defeated Midland in back-to-back games 6-2 and 7-5 to win the title, claimed four All-Tournament Team honors from second baseman Matt Mikusek, outfielders Trent Clark and Cody Farhat and pitcher Kyle Johnston.
Midland landed five players on the All-Tournament Team, led by third baseman Greg Deichmann, utility player Ty Duvall, outfielder DJ Wilson and pitchers Alex Lange and Devin Smeltzer.
Also earning All-Tournament Team honors were Danville's first baseman Chris Williams, outfielder Ryan Anderson and pitcher Tim Susnara, South Troy's Kevin Smith at shortstop and D-BAT Leach's catcher Blake Adams and designated hitter Reagan Todd.
Louisiana's Bill Hood team was awarded the Team Sportsmanship award.
While Midland landed one more player on the All-Tournament Team than champion D-BAT Gallegos, the Texas boys swept the Gold Glove, Big Stick and CMWS Most Valuable Player awards.
D-BAT Gallegos' Tony Santillan was awarded the MVP. Santillan made the biggest impact of the tournament, moving from third base to pitcher and shutting down the Midland offense in the final innings of Friday's nightcap to earn the championship win.
Santillan, who hit for a .429 average, was also responsible for sparking D-BAT Gallegos' comeback in the championship's deciding game, hitting a two-out bomb to left field that brought in two runs and cut the Redskins' lead to 5-4 in the fifth inning.
Along with being named to the All-Tournament Team, Clark took home the Gold Glove Award for his play in center field, chasing down deep fly balls and converting multiple run-saving assists throughout the CMWS.
"It has been crazy. This has been the best baseball week of my life," Clark said after winning the series and the Gold Glove Award. "The feeling is not going to go away. We're going to party all night."
The Big Stick Award went to outfielder Josh Watson, who finished the CMWS with a .462 average, a .533 on base percentage and slugged .923.
Watson started the CMWS with a bang, knocking a solo home run over the right field wall in his first game.
"First off, coming to the Connie Mack World Series is already an honor, as big of a tournament as this is," said Watson, a Texas Christian University commit, of winning the Big Stick Award. "I've been waiting to get hot all year, and I got hot at the right time. It worked out perfect, and I was able to help my team win, and we did it. We did it."
Watson said his time in Farmington was the best experience in his life. Both Santillan and Clark said their time with their host families took the experience to another level.
"It was great. I've never played in front of this many people," Santillan said. "The most I've ever played in front of was maybe 30 to 40 people. But here, it's crazy. The city of Farmington is one heck of a town. Something I will never forget for the rest of my life. The best part, though, was my host family, especially my host mom. She could cook really well, man. I went down with the big meal every time."
Clark echoed his teammate's sentiments.
"The host family, man, I'm gonna keep in contact with them my whole life," he said. "It was world class, man. First class the whole way. They treated me the best anyone could be treated. I love them to death, and I've been with them only a week."