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Summer School: Futures League roundup

Posted by Craig Forde  July 10, 2012 10:01 PM

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Thumbnail image for Futures_League_Logo.jpgIt’s time once again to get schooled in the happenings of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

The Nashua Silver Knights have rocketed past the North Shore Navigators into first place, leaving every other team in their wake thanks to a league-record 13-game winning streak. Last season’s batting champion Logan Gillis (Bentley) is making a push to grab that title again with a .370 average that is currently third best in the league. Gillis also has 20 RBIs and is one of three Knights with 20 or more RBI, along with league-leader Chris Shaw (Boston College) who has 25 and Jon Minucci (Southern N.H.) who also has 20. Pitchers Chris Good (New Mexico) and Alek Morency (Merrimack)Silver Knights logo.jpg continue to mow down the opposing batters. Good leads the league with four wins and his 0.27 ERA is second best while Morency has three wins to go along with a 0.71 ERA that is third best in the FCBL.

Let’s take a moment to bask in the glory of the almighty run, of which the Torrington Titans plated a record setting 22 of them against North Shore this past Sunday. Right fielder Gus Craig (Columbia) went 3 for 6 with a game-high seven RBIs. Craig came into the game with only five RBIs. The most glaring number from this game is 2:35. That is the amount of time it took to play the game, which is damn near a miracle given the run total. Despite the onslaught, the Titans are only fifth in the league in runs scored with 131, but catcher Ryan Plourde (Fairfield) is tied for second most in the FCBL with 23 runs batted in. At 13-12, the Titans are holding on to fourth place by the skin of their teeth as four of the five teams behind them in the standings are within a game and a half.

On Tuesday night the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks became the first team in 14 attempts MVlogo.jpgto slay the mighty Silver Knights of Nashua, as Mike Bradstreet (URI) scattered six hits and two runs over eight innings in the 5-2 victory. Bradstreet is 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, 9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has pitched seven or more innings in each of his four starts. The Sharks have league-lows with five total home runs and one triple, and only have two batters with more than ten RBIs, yet they remain only one game under .500 at 11-12. Starting pitcher Ryan Brockett (St. Mary’s) took home the most recent Pitcher of the Week honors after pitching eight perfect innings and striking out ten against Wachusett on Monday, July 2nd.

A 6-3 start to July has the Seacoast Mavericks heading in the right direction as they look to track down second place North Shore. Having the league’s batting leader, Kevin Stenhouse (URI), has helped the Mavs lead the league in the same category with a .282 mark. Stenhouse sports a .422 average and set a league mark with a 17 game hitting streak. He took home the most recent Player of the Week honors after batting .450 with six RBIs, five runs, two home runs, a double and a stolen base. Complimenting the Seacoast offense is Anyelo Roman (Dakota State) who is batting .321 with six home runs and 25 RBIs, and Casey Cotter (Merrimack) who has a .323 average, 11 runs and 10 RBIs. Starting pitcher Donald Hissa (Notre Dame) had logged a league-high 37 2/3 innings over his six starts and is 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA. Hissa was 0-5 with a 2.88 ERA when he pitched for the Mavs last season.

Torrington’s Alec Palioca (Wheaton) was named Pitcher of the Month for June after compiling a 2-0 record in three starts. For the month he allowed only one run, leading to a 0.45 ERA to go along with a 0.84 WHIP and he struck out 25 over 20 innings. In his no-decision start Palioca struck out ten Seacoast batters over 8 2/3 innings.

The Player of the Month for June was Nashua’s Logan Gillis. In 19 games he batted .428 with a .515 on-base percentage, .575 slugging percentage, 18 RBIs, 17 runs, five stolen bases and six extra-base hits. Gillis opened the year with multi-hit efforts in the first seven games of the season.

Players of the Week
Week ending 6/11 – Jimmy Ricoy (UMass-Lowell), Pittsfield Suns
Week ending 6/17 – Ryan Plourde (Fairfield), Torrington Titans
Week ending 6/24 – Anyelo Roman (Dakota State), Seacoast Mavericks
Week ending 7/1 – Rob McCunney (Fordham), Brockton Rox
Week ending 7/8 – Kevin Stenhouse (URI), Seacoast Mavericks

Pitchers of the Week
Week ending 6/11 – Henry Van Zant (Bowdoin), Old Orchard Beach
Week ending 6/17 – Chris Good (New Mexico), Nashua Silver Knights
Week ending 6/24 – Henry Van Zant (Bowdoin), Old Orchard Beach
Week ending 7/1 – Jonathan Rosenberger (Newberry), Brockton Rox
Week ending 7/8 – Ryan Brockett (St. Mary's), Marta’s Vineyard Shark

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Craig Forde covers baseball talent as it develops into the next big thing. He has covered high school and college sports for the Boston Globe, and the minor league teams More »

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