With the first full week of play completed in the Futures Collegiate Baseball, we take a look at a current member of the Atlantic Coast Conference having a week to remember. Plus, we give you other nuggets from the league. In this week’s edition of the league news & notes, the player of the week is no stranger to those who follow the game of college baseball. North Shore Navigator middle infielder, Cody Morrissette, had one of those weeks that as a player you hope never comes to an end. Why, you ask? Because during the first full week of games the Boston College product went a staggering 13-for-30 with 14 RBI and is now the RBI league leader. He went three straight games with three hits and delivered only one extra-base hit, a triple on July 10 vs Nashua. In those three consecutive three-hit nights, he would drive in 10 and score twice himself. Cody finished the week with a .394 batting average and in the 33 at-bats, he strike out only twice. His big week now has him fifth in the batting race at .394.
The Pitcher of the Week spends his springs tossing for the University of Albany. Cregg Scherrer is pitching for the Westfield Starfire. Last week, he appeared in two games for the Starfire going a combined seven and two-thirds innings. He allowed zero runs, while giving up five hits, walking one, and fanned six. He went one and one in those two games with a victory over North Shore on July 12. Cregg did suffer the loss on July 8 against Worcester. Scherrer’s 0.00 ERA is the best in the league to date.
As the league begins its second week of play, North Shore still finds itself in first place with a 6-3 record. However, after getting off to a hot start winning their first six in a row, the team has lost their last three games played. Another team that has played better of late is the Nashua Silver Knights. After dropping their first three games of the season, they have rebounded nicely winning four of the last six games. They have gotten back to within a game under .500 at 4-5. Every team in the league has won at least two games as the second week gets started.
The best fielding team happens to be the one that sits atop the standings. North Shore brings a .968 fielding percentage into the week. Only twelve errors have been committed in 323 total chances when you consider how little time these teams have had to prepare. The defensive play of this team has been at a high level in the early going of this season. Only one team so far has made less than double figures in errors and that would be Westfield with nine.
Nashua leads the league in strikeouts with 102 in 81 innings pitched. The team strikeouts to walk ratio is good having allowed 50 free passes to go along with those strikeouts. The Silver Knights are the only team with triple digits. They are second in both Wild Pitches with 13 and in Hit By Pitch with 10.
Next week, we will dive deeper into this league as more games are played.