PGCBL Player and Pitcher of the Week, Week 4

Tayler Saucedo pitches against the Albany Dutchmen on July 5. Photo courtesy GF Golden Eagles.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce the winners of the PGCBL Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period of July 2 through July 8. This week, four student athletes representing four league teams were selected.

Watertown’s Donald Walter (Cal Poly Pomona) and Amsterdam’s Zak Colby (Faulkner) have been named the PGCBL Co-Players of the Week. Colby is the fourth member of the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks to win an individual accolade from the league this season and Walter is the second Wizard to be honored. Albany’s David Stagg (Heartland C.C.) and Tayler Saucedo (Tacoma C.C.) of Glens Falls are the PGCBL Co-Pitchers of the Week. Stagg is the first Albany player or pitcher to earn a weekly award this season while Saucedo is the second Glens Falls’ pitcher to win a Co-Pitcher of the Week prize.

Donald Walter was a run-scoring machine last week for the Watertown Wizards. Walter scorched the base paths as he tallied 12 runs in six games to lead the Purple and Gold to a 3-3 week. Overall, Walter batted .409 (9-for-22) with two doubles, one triple, two RBI, five stolen bases, five HBP and two walks. He recorded a .552 on-base percentage as the lead-off hitter for the Wizards. Walter’s 12 runs led all PGCBL players and he scored at least one run in five games. The Watertown designated hitter/outfielder recorded three multi-hit and three multi-run games in six total contests.

The rising senior from Cal Poly Pomona set a league single-game record on July 2 when he scored five times in a victory over the Oneonta Outlaws. In the game, Walter reached base five times on three hits and two HBP; two of his three hits were doubles and he stole two bases. Two days later, Walter scored twice, ripped a triple and drove in one run in a comeback victory at Cooperstown. He added three scores in a loss at Newark on July 6. Walter leads the league in runs scored (29) and HBP (12). He is among the top five in slugging percentage (.615), on-base percentage (.478), home runs (four) and total bases (56). Walter’s .363 batting average is among the top 10 in the PGCBL.

One of the main reasons for Amsterdam’s 4-2 mark this past week was utility man Zak Colby. Colby appeared in all six Amsterdam games and batted .520 (13-for-25) with one home run, eight RBI, seven runs scored, five doubles, three walks and two sacrifice flies and two stolen bases. He compiled an .840 slugging percentage and a .548 on-base percentage as well as three multi-hit, two multi-RBI and two multi-run games. He also scored at least one run in five of six games. Defensively, Colby split time between second and third base for the Mohawks, two very different infield positions. He recorded 12 assists and 18 putouts in 31 chances for a .968 fielding percentage. Two times, Colby played second and third in the same game.

The Hanford, Calif., native began the week with a breakout offensive performance against Albany at Bob Bellizzi Field. Colby went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, one sacrifice fly and one run scored in a 7-2 victory. The rising senior from Faulkner (Ala.) University smashed two hits against second-place Glens Falls on July 6 including an RBI double, his fourth double in as many games. Colby scored twice, doubled, was hit by a pitch and plated a run on a sacrifice fly in a win at Elmira on Saturday night. Sunday, the Amsterdam utility man turned in a season-best effort against Cooperstown. He went 5-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, three runs scored, one sacrifice fly and one stolen base. Colby also had his best defensive game at second base with six assists and two putouts. Zak is tied for the league lead in doubles (11) and he is among the top 10 in the PGCBL with a .365 batting average.

David Stagg was dominant for the Albany Dutchmen in a 4-1 victory over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles on Sunday evening at Albany’s Bob Bellizzi Field. Glens Falls entered the game with a .293 team batting average, the highest in the league. Stagg logged eight innings and allowed just one run on seven hits. He walked one, struck out nine and stranded eight Golden Eagles on base. The rising sophomore from Heartland C.C. forced Glens Falls to strand at least one man on base in five of his eight innings pitched. Over the first three innings, Stagg struck out six batters. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam without allowing a run in the third and he ended the frame by striking out Glens Falls’ designated hitter Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern). After the Golden Eagles scored their lone run of the evening in the fifth inning, Stagg retired 10 of the next 12 batters he opposed.

Through five starts, David is 4-1 with a 2.73 earned run average. He has struck out 39 batters in 33.0 innings. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native leads the Dutchmen in victories, innings pitched, strikeouts and earned run average for a starting pitcher.

While Albany’s David Stagg shuttered the offense of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles on Sunday, earlier in the week, Tayler Saucedo of the Golden Eagles was nearly un-hittable in a game against the Albany Dutchmen at East Field in Glens Falls. Saucedo spun a one-hit shutout for six innings, walked two and struck out six in an eventual 9-2 victory for the Golden Eagles over the Dutchmen on July 5. The Maple Valley, Wash., native faced just two batters over the minimum and did not allow any Albany runners to advance safely past first base. Saucedo yielded a lone single to Albany’s Jon Mestas (Buffalo) at the start of the third inning. He seated 15 of the 20 men he faced and retired another Dutchmen on an attempted stolen base during a pick-off play. Five of Saucedo’s six strikeouts came over his final three innings pitched.

Saucedo is 2-2 with a 4.24 earned run average over five appearances for the Golden Eagles with three starts. He is averaging a strikeout per inning with 23 strikeouts in 23.1 frames. Opponents against the rising sophomore from Tacoma Comm. College are batting just .229.

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