07/08/2013 7:00 AM
Front: PGCBL Player of the Week Matt Chaidez (Cal State Stanislaus) of Adirondack bats against the Albany Dutchmen on Friday night. (Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog). Above: PGCBL Player of the Week Jonathan Chudy (Pace) on Opening Day at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. Photo courtesy Cooperstown Hawkeyes.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce the winners of the PGCBL Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period of July 1 through July 7. Award winners were chosen based on statistics compiled only in completed games.
Jonathan Chudy (Pace) of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes edged out a list of solid contenders to garner to the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week award. Matt Chaidez (Cal State Stanislaus) of the Adirondack Trail Blazers was chosen as the PGCBL Player of the Week.
Jonathan Chudy (Pace) was nearly perfect for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in a 6-0 victory over the Elmira Pioneers on July 3 at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field. He pitched a complete game two-hit shutout and faced just three Elmira batters over the minimum. Chudy struck out six, walked none and conceded three base runners in the seven-inning contest which was part of a doubleheader. The Goshen, N.Y., native gave up one single each in the second and third innings; another Elmira runner reached base on a Cooperstown error. Chudy retired 21 of 24 Pioneer batters and sat down 14 in a row to end the game. Chudy traded scoreless innings with Elmira starter Dan Black (VCU) through the first four frames. Cooperstown pushed one run across in the fifth and then pulled away with five runs in the sixth. The same Elmira offense had scored seven runs the night before and then went on to score six runs in the night cap of the doubleheader.
Chudy, a rising junior at Pace University, recorded the second complete game shutout in the four-year history of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes franchise and the first for the team in the PGCBL era. The complete game shutout was also the first compiled in the PGCBL this season. Chudy is the first Cooperstown pitcher to be chosen PGCBL Pitcher of the Week since Chris Kono (Holy Cross) won the award in 2011. Jonathan's older brother, Bryan, pitched for the PGCBL's Watertown Wizards last summer.
Matt Chaidez (Cal State Stanislaus) is a starting utility infielder for the Adirondack Trail Blazers. He is the first Trail Blazer to be honored by the PGCBL with a weekly award. The Livermore, Calif., native had a breakout week at the plate for the Blazers in which he raised his batting average nearly 100 points. Chaidez batted .458 (11-for-27) with seven runs scored, four RBI, one home run and 14 total bases in six games. He amassed a .625 slugging percentage and a .480 on-base percentage in 28 total plate appearances; Chaidez also struck out just twice. The Adirondack infielder had at least one hit in six games played and overall he has recorded at least one hit in seven-straight games. Chaidez totaled five multi-hit and three multi-hit run games. The Ohlone College graduate raised his overall batting average for the summer to .292. In the field this past week, Chaidez started games at three different infield positions – second base, shortstop and third base. He had at least one assist in six games and 15 total for the week.
Chaidez, the starting shortstop at NCAA Division II Cal State Stanislaus, began the week with a two-hit performance against the PGCBL West-leading Watertown Rams. The following night, Chaidez singled twice and scored the game-tying run for the Trail Blazers as part of a go-ahead rally in the sixth inning at Mohawk Valley. Friday afternoon, the 20-year-old recorded one of just five Adirondack hits allowed by Zach Hopf (Saint Peter’s) of Glens Falls in the opening game of a doubleheader. In the night cap, Chaidez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI in a 12-6 win. He singled home one run and scored another in a four-run third and then doubled and scored as part of a five-run sixth. Saturday night, Chaidez singled twice and scored twice in a 6-4 triumph at Albany. The Adirondack infielder finished the week with a bang on Sunday in a wild 9-8 win over Newark. Matt launched a three-run home run, scored twice and reached base three times on two hits and one walk. In the field, he recorded a season high six assists.