Louis Cohen of the Canberra Cavalry earns the distinction of January International Star for a standout performance during the 2016-2017 Australian Baseball League. As two-time ABL Pitcher of the Week, Cohen proved a valuable asset for the staff until the end. Needing a series win against the Brisbane Bandits in a head to head battle for the final playoff spot, Cohen got the nod in the series opener and shut down a strong Bandits offense, allowing just a single run over seven dominate innings.
“When it came to the Brisbane series”, says Cohen, “I wasn’t thinking about which game I was going to start, I just wanted to be ready for any situation to give my teammates the best start I could.” The next two games of the series weren’t as kind to the Cavalry, and in the playoffs Brisbane would go on to repeat as ABL champions.
Louis has good distraction ahead of him, however. In March he heads back to the US to join the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League, an independent league which is often compared to Triple-A level baseball. “Going into the Atlantic league, I’m enormously excited for this opportunity. I thank everyone who’s given me an opportunity and hope I can keep climbing the ladder. I expect to be the small guy and just do the best I can out what is asked of me.” More than a dozen former big-leaguers played in the Atlantic League this past season, and most players leave the league when offered a contract with an affiliated club.