Ryan Smith (Photo courtesy Chris Schuburt, DartmouthSports.com)
Four players with ties to teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have earned weekly awards from their respective conferences based on their play in games for the week of April 4 through April 10. Two of the four players have signed contracts to play in the PGCBL for the inaugural 2011 season.
MAAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
John Rooney (Glens Falls ’11), Siena
GLVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Michael Bolling (Newark ’11), Lewis
IVY LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Smith (Amsterdam ’09), Dartmouth
PSAC WEST CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Zach Jeney (Cooperstown ’10), Slippery Rock
Siena College freshman John Rooney (Glens Falls ’11) has been named the Rookie of the Week by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The weekly frosh accolade is the third for Rooney this season. The Saint first-year batted .526 (10-for-19) in five games last week against Brown and Iona. He put together four multi-hit games and had at least one hit in all five contests. Rooney scored three runs, drove in three runs and was flawless in 17 outfield chances. The Siena rookie was also moved to the lead-off spot in the batting order for the Iona series.
John Rooney has signed a 2011 PGCBL contract with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Prior to Siena, Rooney was a three-sport star at Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was a five-year starter for the Gaelic Knights baseball team.
Lewis University junior outfielder Michael Bolling (Newark ’11) was voted Player of the Week by the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Bolling batted .529 (9-for-17) and scored seven runs as the Lewis Flyers went undefeated in a pair of league doubleheaders against UW-Parkside and St. Joseph’s (Ind.). The Lewis outfielder swiped seven bases, drove in three runs, doubled twice and put together three multi-hit games. Against UW-Parkside, Bolling stole four bases in the opener and then followed up with four hits and two RBI in the night cap. The Chicago, Ill., native went 6-for-10 in the UW-Parkside series and then he collected three hits and three stolen bases in game one against St. Joseph’s.
Michael Bolling has signed a 2011 PGCBL contract with the Newark Pilots. He currently leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 23 stolen bases on 25 attempts. Bolling transferred into Lewis University after two seasons at Triton College where the speedster pocketed 46 stolen bases and he was not thrown out once.
Dartmouth College senior reliever Ryan Smith (Amsterdam ’09) has been chosen as the Pitcher of the Week by the Ivy League. The Dartmouth closer recorded two victories and a save as part of a four-game conference weekend with Cornell and Princeton. For the week, Smith was 2-0 with one save and a 1.93 earned run average in four appearances. He yielded five hits and struck out five over four and two-thirds innings. The Greenlawn, N.Y., native was most impressive against Princeton. Smith entered in the top of the tenth of the first game with the scored tied, no outs and runners on the corners. He induced back-to-back groundouts and then closed out the frame with a strikeout. Dartmouth won the game in the bottom of the tenth. In the Princeton night cap, Smith picked up his 26th career save which is the most for any Ancient Eight pitcher.
Ryan Smith was the closer for the Amsterdam Mohawks during the summer of 2009. The Mohawks won the New York Collegiate Baseball League championship and Smith was tabbed second team All-NYCBL. The Triber stopper earned six saves and went 3-0 with a 1.53 earned run average. He struck out 30 in 17.2 innings and held opponents to a .133 batting average. The Dartmouth product was even better in the playoffs where he went 1-0 with three saves and a 0.00 ERA in five appearances. Smith gave up just one hit, walked two and struck out nine in six innings.
Slippery Rock University junior Zach Jeney (Cooperstown ’10) has been tabbed as one of two Pitchers of the Week in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s West Division. Jeney shared the award with California (Pa.) junior Randy Sturgill. Jeney pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout in Slippery Rock’s 3-0 victory over Gannon on April 9 in Erie, Pa. The Slippery Rock southpaw walked three, struck out 13 and faced four batters over the minimum in the seven-inning game. Jeney limited Gannon to a pair of singles and only two Golden Knights’ runners reached second base.
Zach Jeney pitched last summer for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The left-handed hurler went 2-2 with a 5.28 earned run average over nine appearances. Jeney fanned 27 batters in 30.2 innings. He was selected NYCBL Player of the Day on June 11 when he tossed a four-hitter over eight innings and struck out eight in a 6-1 Cooperstown versus Oneonta at Doubleday Field.