CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina rising junior Justice Bigbie added to the litany of accolades heaped his way since the end of the 2019 Catamount baseball season. On the heels of a very successful summer – and the cusp of the summer league postseason – Bigbie was named the 2019 Northwoods League (NWL) Most Valuable Player and was one of 30 players selected as postseason All-Star in the wooden-bat league over the weekend.
Entering the postseason, Bigbie had a .346 collective batting average over 68 games played during the summer – seventh overall in the league but the highest average among players with 58-or-more games played. He was tied for the most hits on the summer with 98 including 16 doubles and 12 home runs, which was good for second in the NWL. Bigbie also paced the league with 70 RBI.
Tabbed as the Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Year and a first-team All-SoCon honoree after the 2019 season, Bigbie continued his strong play with the Madison (Wis.) Mallards in the Northwoods League, earning a selection into the 2019 midseason All-Star game. The Chesapeake, Va., native finished 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs in the All-Star Game to capture game “Star of the Stars” or game MVP honor.
Bigbie also earned a bid to play in the NWL’s Major League Dreams Showcase, a game played between the top 100 prospects from the Northwoods League divided into four teams for a day of scouting workouts and double-header game action in front of MLB scouts.
The Madison (Wis.) Mallards (42-30) travel to Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., on Monday (Aug. 12) to face the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (46-26) in the first round of the Northwoods League playoffs. The Mallards are seeking the franchise’s third NWL Championship.