7/17 Recap: Tomcats Jump to First Place
Date: Jul 17, 2018
For the first time in the HCBL weekly awards, there was a tie in both the Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.
Shelter Island’s John Behrends (Belmont) and Riverhead’s Eduardo Malinowski (Pennsylvania) split the New Era Cap Player of the Week award, while North Fork’s Cam Fowler (Nebraska Omaha) and Southampton’s Carson Seymour (Dartmouth) were Ace Hardware Co-Pitchers of the Week.
Behrends hit .500 in Week 5 for Shelter Island. The Tennessee native hit 12-for-24 on the week with a home run, five RBI and nine runs scored.
The Belmont Sophomore is currently hitting close to a .300 batting average with nine RBI for the Bucks.
Riverhead’s Malinowski had 11 hits in 26 at-bats for the Tomcats in Week 5. The Ivy League infielder drove in eight RBI for Riverhead during the week. Malinowski went 4-for-6 with a double in the Tomcats 15-11 road victory over the Westhampton Aviators on July 3rd.
The native of Spring, Texas is currently ranked in the HCBL top five in batting average (.363), hits (37), RBI (25), doubles (9) and triples (3).
Fowler pitched three times for the Ospreys in Week 5. Twice in relief and once with a start. Fowler in his start against Long Island on July 3rd went 5.1 innings only allowing a hit with 11 strikeouts and a walk as he got his first win of the season.
The Moline, Illinois native had a total of 21 strikeouts for the Ospreys on the week while only allowing two walks. Fowler is currently ranked second in the HCBL in strikeouts (34) behind Shelter Island’s Joseph Quintal (Fordham).
Southampton’s Seymour had two starts in Week 5 winning both games for the Breakers. In his first start on June 29th against Sag Harbor, Seymour pitched eight innings only allowing an unearned run on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
In Seymour’s second start of the week on July 5th against the Long Island Road Warriors, the California native went seven innings only allowing a run on four hits in Southampton’s 6-2 victory over first-place Long Island. Seymour is currently 3-0 for the Breakers and is second in the league in ERA (1.80) behind teammate Jordan Schulefand (Richmond).
The HCBL awards are voted on by the league’s seven head coaches each weekend and are announced each Monday.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
New Era Cap Player of the Week
Week 1 (6/1 to 6/7): Alex Volpi: IF, Holy Cross/Shelter Island
Week 2 (6/8 to 6/14): Nick Thornquist: C, McLennan CC/Sag Harbor
Week 3 (6/15 to 6/21): Alex Volpi, IF, Holy Cross/Shelter Island
Week 4 (6/22 to 6/28): Tyler Becker, IF, Adelphi/Westhampton
Tyler Shedler-McAvoy, OF, Seton Hall/North Fork
Ace Hardware Pitcher of the Week
Week 1 (6/1 to 6/7): Dylan Hughes: RHP, Queens/Shelter Island
Week 2 (6/8 to 6/14): David Wylie: RHP, St. Mary’s (CA)/North Fork
Week 3 (6/15 to 6/21): Jordan Schulefand, RHP, Richmond/Southampton
Chris Stefl, LHP, St. John’s/Riverhead
Week 4 (6/22 to 6/28): Alex Pansini, RHP, Marist/North Fork