During each week of the 2018 PGCBL season, the league office will recognize one position player and one pitcher as the League's Player and Pitcher of the Week. This week, two pitchers will share the weekly honor after dominant starts, while a hitter from a division leading team earns Player of the Week honors.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce the selection of Watertown's Michael Russell (Stony Brook) as the PGCBL Player of the Week, and Albany's Deaven Phillips (Tampa) and Elmira's Mason Hazelwood (Kentucky) as PGCBL Co-Pitchers of the Week.
Russell raised his batting average by more than 40 points during the past seven days, going 8-for-17 (.471). The Watertown infielder hit safely in four of the five games on the week, and recorded a pair of multi-hit ballgames. In games against Mohawk Valley on Tuesday and Adirondack on Wednesday, Russell hit home runs, part of a stretch where he drove in two runs in three consecutive ballgames. He finished his week with three hits in consecutive meetings with the Blue Sox, including a 3-for-5 performance with two runs scored in an 8-4 victory on Sunday, which earned him PGCBL Player of the Night honors.
In his second season in the PGCBL, Phillips earns his first weekly honor following an outstanding start for the Dutchmen against the Glens Falls Dragons on Tuesday. The University of Tampa Spartan pitched into the seventh inning, allowing only one hit in 6.1 shutout innings at East Field. It was Phillips' second consecutive victorious start, as he also allowed only one earned run in a win over Utica on June 12. The righthander struck out five Glens Falls hitter, and propelled the Dutchmen to a 3-2 victory. On the season, Phillips has posted a 0.79 ERA with just four hits allowed in 11.1 innings of work.
Sharing the award with Phillips is Elmira's Mason Hazelwood. The lefthander from the University of Kentucky was dominant in his second start of the season, striking out 11 Newark Pilots in a 10-5 victory at Colburn Park. The Salvisa, Kentucky native allowed a lone hit in his five innings on the mound, and only surrendered one unearned run. In 18 innings this season, the Kentucky Wildcat has struck out 25 opposing batters, and has walked only three. In two of his three starts, which have all come away from Dunn Field, Hazelwood has struck out at least eight hitters without allowing an earned run.
The PGCBL is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of Russell, Phillips, and Hazelwood over the last seven days. The league will continue to honor the best performances in the PGCBL throughout the summer with both nightly and weekly awards.