PGCBL Player and Pitcher of the Week, Week 2

Front: Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls in action on June 19 against the Newark Pilots. Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles. Above: Amsterdam's Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) pitching against the Albany Dutchmen on June 18. Photo courtesy Mike Zummo/Leader-Herald
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce its second set of award winners for the 2012 season. This week, four student athletes from three teams and four schools were chosen. The awards are based on games played from June 18 through June 24.

Logan Brown (Baylor) of the Oneonta Outlaws and Ross Kivett (Kansas State) from the Glens Falls Golden Eagles are the PGCBL Co-Players of the Week. Newark’s Joe Landi (Rhode Island) was the first PGCBL Player of the Week of the 2012 season. On the mound, Amsterdam’s Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) and Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) are the PGCBL Co-Pitchers of the Week. Watertown’s Rene Solis (St. Mary’s, Texas) earned the top pitcher award in the PGCBL last week.

Logan Brown, a rising sophomore outfielder from Baylor University, led the Outlaws to four victories last week. Overall with Logan Brown in the line-up, the Outlaws are 6-3. Brown played and started all seven games last week for Oneonta. He batted .409 (9-for-22) with six RBI, nine runs scored, six walks, six stolen bases, two sacrifices and a .548 on-base percentage. The Oneonta outfielder had at least one hit in all seven games and he currently holds a nine-game hitting streak. Brown scored at least one run in five contests and he contributed three multi-score, two multi-steal and two multi-hit games. The Rowlett, Texas, native began the week as Oneonta’s lead-off hitter and moved down two slots to the three hole by Sunday night.

Brown opened the second full week of the PGCBL season with two multi-hit games in a row. He cranked out four hits, scored three runs and drove in three runs in back-to-back wins over Glens Falls and Cooperstown. One of Brown’s best all-around games was on Saturday night in an 11-inning marathon with Watertown. Logan scored three times, walked twice, stole two bases and drove in the eventual winning runs with a two-RBI single in the 11th.

Ross Kivett paced the Glens Falls Golden Eagles to a 3-3 week. Kivett played and started all six Golden Eagle games at second base. The K-State product batted .435 (10-for-23) with two home runs, seven RBI, six runs scored, one triple, four walks and three stolen bases. He slugged .738 and recorded a .519 on-base percentage. The Glens Falls middle infielder posted four multi-hit efforts and had at least one hit in all six games he played. Kivett ended the week with at least one run in four-straight contests and he drove in one run in five of six Golden Eagle games. The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native leads the PGCBL in batting average (.421), slugging percentage (.649), on-base percentage (.507) and total bases (37). He is tied for the league lead with 24 hits.

Kivett’s best performance came in a win at Amsterdam on Friday night. Kivett dinged a two-run home run in the first to give the Eagles a lead they would never relinquish. He scored again during a five-run sixth inning which proved to be the difference in an 8-6 win. The second baseman also added a diving catch in right-center field to halt an Amsterdam rally in the eighth inning that would have cut the Glens Falls lead to one.

Chandler Shepherd paced the Amsterdam Mohawks to two victories last week in two starts. Shepherd, a 2011 Chicago White Sox 41st-round pick, accrued a 2-0 record with a 0.60 earned run average. He allowed just one run on six hits, walked three and struck out 15 batters in 15.0 innings. Shepherd was just one of two PGCBL pitchers last week to win multiple starts. One week ago, the rising sophomore from the University of Kentucky spun a two-hit shutout over eight innings and struck out six in a 2-0 victory at home over the Albany Dutchmen. Saturday evening, Shepherd yielded just a single run on four hits in a 3-1 win at Cooperstown. He walked two and struck out nine in his third victory of the summer.

Through three starts, Shepherd is 3-0 with a 0.45 earned run average. He has allowed just one run on eight hits through 20.0 innings. Shepherd began the season with a scoreless streak of 14 innings. Opposing batters have struck out 22 times, walked thrice and accumulated a .121 batting average against the 6-foot-2 righty.

Brandon Magallones turned in one of the most impressive pitching performances of the 2012 season on Friday night at offense-friendly Shuttleworth Park. Magallones tossed a no-hit shutout for six innings as Glens Falls ended Amsterdam’s 10-game winning streak with an 8-6 decision in the Rug City. The Mohawks entered the game with the top offense in the PGCBL in terms of batting average and total runs scored. In 10 games prior, Amsterdam had scored at least four runs on nine occasions. Magallones mowed through the Mohawks retiring 18 of the 21 batters he faced and striking out six. He allowed just three base runners on two walks and one hit by pitch. Magallones left the game after six innings due to a high pitch count.

Through three starts, the Northwestern rising sophomore is 1-0 with a 0.60 earned run average. He has allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 15.0 innings. Magallones has struck out 16 and walked just four. Opponents have mustered an .083 batting average. The Golden Eagles are 2-0 over his last two starts in which Brandon has allowed only three hits in 12.0 innings.

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