February 11, 2013 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Newport Gulls
NEWPORT, R.I. - The dynamic power-hitting first base tandem of Steve Anderson and Brett Winger, key cogs in the heart of the Newport Gulls lineup during last season's NECBL championship run, will be returning for their second stint in the City by the Sea to defend their title in 2013.
Anderson and Winger, the lone returning Gulls from last season's NECBL championship winning squad, are expected to once again platoon at first base with both players seeing plenty of action at designated hitter.
Anderson, a senior from Georgetown, batted .310 (40-for-129) with 27 runs scored, 10 doubles, three home runs and 31 RBI in 33 games during the regular season in Newport last summer. Anderson, who hails from Albany, New York, batted .292 (7-for-24) with a team-high three home runs and eight RBI in the NECBL playoffs to lead the Gulls to an NECBL title.
"This is a great spot for him (Anderson), he's gotten a lot better since working with the Gulls, said Georgetown head baseball coach Pete Wilk. "It's one of the best places in the country to play, and we're very fortunate to have him playing there again."
Prior to Newport, Anderson, an imposing six-foot-five, left-handed batter, was a key offensive contributor for the Hoyas in each of the past two seasons. Anderson delivered a solid sophomore campaign at Georgetown, in which he played in 44 games, starting 35 of them, batting .254 (33-for-130) with 22 runs scored, 12 doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and one stolen base.
In 2011, Anderson played in 43 games, starting 36 of them, batting .259 (29-for-112) with 16 runs scored, six doubles, 12 RBI and three stolen bases as a freshman.
Prior to Georgetown, Anderson was a three-year varsity starter at Guilderland High School in New York, where he was named team captain as a senior. As a junior, he was named a First Team All-Section 1B, a Times Union All-Star, a Troy Record All-Star and earned All-Area Honors. Anderson spent a post-graduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon Prep in Massachusetts, where he batted .450 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 13 games.
Winger, a senior from Michigan, batted .328 (45-for-147) with 27 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and finished tied for second on the team with 36 RBI during the regular season in Newport last summer. In the post-season, Winger racked up a team-high three doubles and six RBI.
Winger, a six-foot-four, right-handed batter has developed a reputation as an elite defensive first basemen, committing only four errors in 80 career games at Michigan. The Windemere, Florida native also made an impact with his bat as a sophomore last spring, hitting .296 (58-for-196) with 22 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple, four home runs and 30 RBI in 55 games (52 starts).
Winger played in 25 games as a freshman starting 19 games at first base and at designated hitter. Winger batted .294 (20-for-68) with nine runs scored, three doubles and five RBI. Winger was awarded the Athletic Department's Academic Achievement Award in 2011.
Winger's father, Douglas, ran track at Yale, while his sister, Carly, played softball at Virginia. Another sister, Molly, has committed to play volleyball at Columbia.
The Gulls, who moved to Newport's historic Cardines Field in 2001 after two seasons as the Rhode Island Gulls in Cranston, have since become the NECBL's most successful franchise, winning five championships in New England Collegiate Baseball League play ('01, '02, '05, '09 and '12). In addition to their accomplishments on the field, the Newport Gulls led the NECBL in attendance by a wide margin in 2012, averaging 2,126 fans per game.
Following the 2012 season, the Newport Gulls were ranked No. 1 nationally by Perfect Game USA in its final rankings of summer collegiate baseball teams.