On Tuesday, August 14, the Nashua Silver Knights will attempt to defend their Futures Collegiate Baseball League crown when they begin their championship series against the North Shore Navigators at Fraser Field at 7:00PM.
The Silver Knights clinched a spot in the title match for the second year in a row by defeating the Brockton Rox on Monday, 3-2, while the Navigators defeated the Torrington Titans on Sunday and Monday.
The series is a best-of-three games, and will technically conclude on Thursday, August 14.
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Various local Massachusetts collegiate baseball players are excelling quite well in the FCBL! (Photo Credit: free-extras.com)
By Matt Noonan
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which is in its second year of existence, has reached its midway point of the season. And with that being said, we’ve provided highlights and statistics from various Massachusetts collegiate baseball players, who’re currently excelling quite well thus far for their teams.
Here are just a few names to keep your eyes on before the season concludes in August.
Anyelo Roman, Lowell, MA (Seacoast Mavericks): The Dakota State University senior infielder currently leads the league, as well as his team with 25 RBIs. He’s also cranked six home runs, 26 hits, 18 runs, and four doubles in 23 games.
Sean Ryan, Norton, MA (Brockton Rox): The Wheaton College junior has been a major spark for the Rox this season, and currently ranks second in the league with a .373 average. Yet, he’s also tallied 13 runs, 28 hits, four doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs in 20 games. He also endured a seven-game hitting streak, which commenced on June 24 against the Pittsfield Suns and concluded against the North Shore Navigators on July 5. During that stretch Ryan registered 17 hits and eight runs.
Brendan Doonan, Cohasset, MA (Brockton Rox): Through six games this season, Doonan has tallied one win and one loss, but also owns a 1.04 ERA. The University of Rhode Island freshman recorded 8.2 innings pitched this season, but has also yielded three hits. Also, he’s recorded six strikeouts and five walks on the bump.
Bobby Dean, Danvers, MA (North Shore Navigators): Against the Rox on July 10, Dean retired 10 batters and surrendered three runs, while his offense tallied six points, which helped North Shore secure a critical road win. Dean’s 10 strikeouts were the most he’s thrown in a game this season, and currently, he leads the league with 36 strikeouts. The former Boston Globe and Herald All-Scholastic, as well as University of Rhode Island junior, has managed to earn one win on the bump this season. He’s pitched in six contests and has yielded 24 hits in 30 innings.
Chris Shaw, Lexington, MA (Nashua Silver Knights): The future Boston College Eagle has been a major contributor for his team this summer, as he’s recorded 17 runs, 33 hits, 10 doubles, six home runs and 25 RBIs in 27 contests. He’s also averaged one run per game currently, (he’s tallied one run in the last four games) and leads his team in RBIs.
Junior Vasquez, Lawrence, MA (Seacoast Mavericks): The Merrimack College freshman is one of six pitchers that have mustered three wins. He’s started four games this season, pitched in six total, and has retired 17 batters. His best outing thus far occurred on July 1 against the Raging Tide, as he pitched five shutout innings and recorded six strikeouts.
The Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, (FCBL) announced on Thursday their most recent acquisition of three Concordia College baseball players — junior outfielder Luis Gonzalez, sophomore outfielder Joe Gallub and junior pitcher Salvatore Minichino — who’ll join the team this summer.
For more on this particular acquisition and the upcoming Rox season — CLICK HERE.