The Stony Brook Seawolves were the Cinderella story of U.S. college ball this year.
The former Division III program won its America East conference, the Coral Gables regional against the Miami Hurricanes, Central Florida and Missouri State Bears, and then handed the LSU Tigers its first home playoff loss in 12 years to reach the College World Series in Omaha in the spring.
Second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum, right-fielder Tanner Nivins, shortstop Cole Peragine and workhorse reliever Jasvir Rakkar all played important roles.
Tissenbaum, who used to go to Blue Jays games as a youngster and was often pictured on the Jumbotron from his seat near the dugout, grew up to be the First Team selection on the Canadian Baseball Network’s 13th annual all-Canadian team which honours the best of the 745 Canucks playing south of the border.
Earning first-place ballots from 40 of 58 voters Tissenbaum edged Brampton’s Sean Bignall for 2012 player-of-the-year honours.