PGCBL Player and Pitcher of the Week, Week 3

Photo courtesy Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo
(Photo: Ed Charlton (11) is greeted by his teammates in the Amsterdam dugout after hitting a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first inning against the Albany Dutchmen at Shuttleworth Park.)

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce its third Player and Pitcher of the Week award winners for the 2012 season. This week, four student-athletes from three teams and four different schools were chosen. The awards are based on games played from June 25 through July 1.

Teammates Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) and Ed Charlton (NJIT) of the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks have been selected as the PGCBL Co-Players of the Week. The award was split last week as well between Oneonta’s Logan Brown (Baylord) and Ross Kivett (Kansas State) of Glens Falls. Mohawk Valley’s Joe Michaud (Bryant) and Elmira’s Dylan Waugh (Arizona Christian) are the PGCBL Co-Pitchers of the Week. Last week, the top weekly pitching prize was shared by Amsterdam’s Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) and Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) of Glens Falls.

Evan Stephens and Ed Charlton paced the 11th-ranked Mohawks to a 7-0 week. The Mohawks have won eight games in a row and have now won 18 of their last 19 contests overall. Evan Stephens appeared in all seven Amsterdam contests this past week and started six. He batted .444 (12-for-27) with one home run, eight RBI, 12 runs scored, one double, one triple and nine stolen bases. Stephens logged 18 total bases, a .667 slugging percentage and a .517 on-base percentage. The Amsterdam left fielder led the team in hits, runs scored and stolen bases. He had at least one hit and scored one run in all six starts. Stephens totaled four multi-hit and four multi-run performances.

The rising junior from Wake Forest University opened the week with a five-game hit streak that included nine hits. He produced two hits and scored two runs in a pair of victories over Albany on June 25 and June 27. Stephens erupted against Watertown on June 29 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Amsterdam broke the game open with a four-run surge in the seventh highlighted by a three-run double from Stephens. The Lexington, Ky., native ended the week on a strong note with a three-run home run, three hits overall and three runs scored in a comeback win over Mohawk Valley on Sunday evening at Vet’s Park. Evan leads the Mohawks with a .466 batting average and 12 stolen bases. He has 27 hits and has scored 21 runs in 17 games.

Ed Charlton is the lead-off hitter for the Mohawks and normally bats in front of Evan Stephens. He played seven games last week and made six starts in the lead-off slot for Amsterdam. Charlton batted .440 (11-for-25) with four home runs, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored, two doubles, one triple and a 1.080 slugging percentage. Charlton racked up 27 total bases and accrued a .500 on-base percentage. His four home runs, 27 total bases and 1.080 slugging percentage led the Mohawks and hitters on all nine PGCBL teams. Charlton recorded at least one hit in all seven games and scored at least one run in five of those seven contests. He put together four multi-hit and three multi-RBI games.

The Egg Harbor Twp., N.J., native began the week with a bang as he blasted two home runs against the Albany Dutchmen at Shuttleworth Park. Charlton’s first belt came as the first Amsterdam batter of the night. He drove in the eventual winning score in a one-run win over Mohawk Valley on June 28 with an RBI single. The NJIT rising sophomore smashed his fifth and sixth home runs of the season respectively on back-to-back nights against the Watertown Wizards. His solo smash versus Watertown at Shuttleworth Park on June 30 was his third home run as the lead-off batter in an inning this summer. Through 21 games, Charlton is batting .364 with six belts and 18 RBI. He is four home runs shy of tying the PGCBL single-season record.

Mohawk Valley hurler Joe Michaud pitched his way into the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League record books on June 29 at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls. The rising senior from Bryant University struck out a league-record 15 through seven innings and fired a five-hit shutout in a 7-1 victory over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The previous league record for strikeouts was 13 set last season by Amsterdam’s Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) and Albany’s Justin Brantley (Siena).

Michaud scattered five hits and walked none in a seven-inning gem. He recorded over two-thirds of his outs via strikeout and evenly distributed the other six outs between three ground outs and three fly outs. The Mohawk Valley starter struck out the side three times. Only one Glens Falls runner was allowed to advance safely past second base. Through four starts, the second-year DiamondDawg is 3-1 with a 1.17 earned run average. Michaud has allowed just three earned runs in 23.0 innings pitched. He leads the PGCBL with 38 strikeouts and is second among starting pitchers in ERA.

Dylan Waugh recorded victories in two-straight starts last week for the Elmira Pioneers. He was the only starting pitcher in the league to earn two wins in the final week of June. Waugh went 2-0 with a 1.69 earned run average in 16.0 innings pitched. The Elmira starter yielded just three earned runs, walked one, struck out five and induced 23 ground outs in back-to-back wins over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes and Oneonta Outlaws.

The Peoria, Ariz., native became just the third pitcher in PGCBL history to record a nine-inning complete game shutout when he blanked the Cooperstown Hawkeyes on June 25 at Dunn Field. The Elmira starter scattered six hits, walked one and struck out three. He induced 16 ground-ball outs from Cooperstown hitters in a game that lasted just one hour and 59 minutes. Waugh returned to the mound on June 30 at Damaschke Field against the Oneonta Outlaws. He logged seven innings and limited the Outlaws to just three earned runs in a 6-4 Elmira victory. The ACU southpaw held Oneonta scoreless in four of his seven frames. Through five starts, Waugh is 3-0 with a 3.64 earned run average. He leads the league with 29.2 innings pitched. Waugh is the only PGCBL pitcher this year to go the distance in a nine-inning game.

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