The Futures League hopes that everyone had a safe and fun holiday weekend. The league was busy doing what it does best, playing baseball. A little over six weeks remain in the season and still plenty of time to get out and see a game. Let’s give you an idea of what you have missed so far if you have not been out to watch this league play.
The top four teams in the Futures League are all above .500 and are separated by four games in the division. Pittsfield is the first team to twenty wins at 20-12. They have won eight of their last ten games. Nick Romano is leading this offense with a .368 batting average. He has a nine-game hitting streak, in which he has posted two-hit games in five of them. Romano also has at least one RBI in eight of those nine games. He is also tied for the team lead with two home runs and is third in runs batted in with 11. Putting bat on the baseball is something Nick has done well for Pittsfield as he has struck out only three times in 38 At-Bats.
On the pitching side of things, Brett Wozniak, who happens to be this week’s Pitcher of The Week, is 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA. The Kansas State product has more strikeouts to innings pitched (25 K, 20.1 IP). He has won three of his last six starts allowing five runs, four of them earned. Hits have been tough to come by for opposing hitters with 13 in those 20 innings. Brett is getting some help on the hill. Chrisitan Womble is also 3-1 on the year. He has also won three of his last six starts with more punchouts (29) to innings pitched (23). The Cloud Country hurler has given up 14 hits. If there’s a knock on Christian it would be the high walk total (21).
Luke Broadhurst, of the New Britain Bees, is having a good summer at the plate. His .337 average with five home runs and 18 RBI have him ranked in the top five in all three categories. Luke has stayed away from the strikeouts this season with 14 k’s in 89 at-bats. In his last ten games, Luke has multi-hit performances in four of them. New Britain is two games under .500 at 15-17, five games back of division leader Pittsfield.
The best ERA belongs to Vermont Lake Monster Patrick Harrington at 1.50. He is also in the top three in strikeouts with 36. He has gone five innings or more in four of his last six starts. The Assumption College right-hander has thrown 30 innings so far allowing 18 hits. Vermont, at 13-17, has some work to do if they want to get back into the race for a playoff spot. They find themselves six games back.
In the race for the batting title, Westfield is well represented. Four of the top ten hitters are from this team. Jaden Brown is hitting at .338, with hits in five of his last ten games. Peter DeMaria, at .317, has hits in eight of his last ten, including a four-hit game on June 27. In 63 AB’s Peter has fanned only eight times. Christian Beal is at .316 with hits in six of his last ten games. Beal’s strikeout total is very low at seven in 76 at-bats. Cam MacIntosh is at .314 with hits in eight of his last ten games. Overall, the team is hitting .262, with 50 doubles and 13 home runs.
Check back next week for more from the Futures League.