During each week of the 2019 PGCBL season, the league office will recognize one position player and one pitcher as the League's Player and Pitcher of the Week. In the second week of the season, a former PGCBL All-Star led his team to a spot in the top half of the East Division, while a starting pitcher logged a career performance on the mound.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce the selection of Glens Falls' Nick Kondo (UAlbany) as the PGCBL Player of the Week, and Mohawk Valley's Vincent Vitacco (Rider) as the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week.
Kondo becomes the first Glens Falls player to earn a weekly honor since the sixth week of the 2016 season, when Chris Kwitzer (Buffalo) was named the league's top player. Mohawk Valley boasts the league pitcher of the week for the second week in a row, becoming the first franchise since Watertown in the second and third weeks last season to win the same award in back-to-back weeks.
The second-year Dragon was a key to Glens Falls' 3-1 week, recording a hit in all four games he played in. Kondo hit .500 on the week, posting nine hits in 18 at-bats. The Saratoga Springs, New York native finished the week with back-to-back three hit games against the Oneonta Outlaws, and belted his first home run of the season on Tuesday in a win over Saugerties. On the season, Kondo is hitting .344 for the Dragons, who currently sit in third place in the East with a 6-5 record.
A 2018 PGCBL All-Star, Kondo is coming off a stellar junior season at UAlbany, where he was a First Team All-America East selection. He was the top hitter in the Great Danes' lineup, logging a .324 batting average with 60 hits and 45 runs scored, all team highs. He also stole a team-high 17 bases and drew 28 walks to post an impressive .432 on base percentage.
Vitacco was spectacular for the Diamond Dawgs on Saturday, tossing seven nearly unhittable innings. The righthander took a no-hitter into the seventh innings, and allowed just one hit to the Geneva Red Wings while striking out 15. Despite Geneva picking up a 2-1 win, Vitacco's 15 strikeout performance marked the best performance by a pitcher in that category in the PGCBL since 2018 Pitcher of the Year Mason Hazelwood (Kentucky) struck out 16 last season.
Midway through June, Vitacco leads the PGCBL in strikeouts with 26, and his 2.12 earned run average ranks in the top ten in the league among pitchers with ten or more innings of work. This season at Rider, Vitacco was a weekend starter for the Broncs, starting 14 games and striking out 45 hitters.
The PGCBL is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of Kondo and Vitacco 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.