NAC Baseball Weekly Honors (Week Ending April 23)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Doug Avellino, Colby-Sawyer
(Jr., 2B - Woodstock, Vt.)
Avellino hit safely in nine of ten games while producing runs in eight games, as the Chargers went 6-4 on the week. The junior recorded team highs with 13 hits, seven runs, seven RBI and five stolen bases, while also tallying two doubles, one triple and one walk. Avellino began the week with four multi-hit games in Colby-Sawyer's first five games of the week. His best production came in a four-game series against Lyndon, as he earned four RBI, scored three runs, stole three bases, and claimed a double as the Chargers went 3-1 in the series.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Michael LaBeau, Castleton
(Sr., P - Bellows Falls, Vt.)
LaBeau continued a great stretch on the mound for the Spartans, picking up two wins over NAC opponents with a pair of complete-game victories. The senior allowed one run on nine hits and recorded 10 strikeouts with just one walk over 14.0 innings pitched. He struck out three batters and allowed one earned run on seven hits over 7.0 innings in a key win over Colby-Sawyer. LaBeau then one-upped that performance with a 7.0-inning, two-hit shutout against Thomas, fanning seven with no walks to match his career-high fourth win of the season. He has now tossed three consecutive complete-game victories over NAC opponents, allowing just one run over that span of 22.0 innings with 17 strikeouts.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Davis Mikell, Castleton
(Fr., P/1B - Williston, Vt.)
Mikell enjoyed another stellar week both offensively and defensively for the Spartans. In eight NAC victories, the freshman hit safely in seven games while batting .385 (10-for-26) with a .484 on-base percentage and an impressive .846 slugging percentage. He belted three home runs, laced three doubles, recorded eight RBI, and scored eight runs, while drawing five walks. Mikell also picked up his third win of the season on the mound, as he struck out eight and allowed three unearned runs on just two hits over 5.0 innings against New England College. In the same game after falling behind to the Pilgrims, 3-2, Mikell sparked a three-run sixth inning rally with a solo home run to help lead the Spartans to a 5-4 victory.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 8-1 over the past week, with its only loss in non-conference action to Union. The Spartans earned a pair of doubleheader sweeps at Colby-Sawyer and NEC, before taking all four games from Thomas over the weekend. Luke Salerno pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout with a career-high 10 strikeouts against the Terriers to improve to 5-0 on the season. Deagan Poland led the Spartans in batting average (.406) and on-base percentage (.457), while Davis Mikell belted three more home runs and picked up his third win of the season on the mound. Castleton will take on Lyndon in a home-and-home series on Tuesday and Thursday, before heading to Maine for a key four-game set at Husson this weekend.
Colby-Sawyer went 6-4 in a busy week of NAC action. The Chargers dropped a pair of games to Castleton to open the week, but then took three out of four with Lyndon and UMaine-Farmington. Senior Nathan Frongillo continued to climb the all-time hits list and now ranks seventh with 137. The team will play a home and home series with New England College early in the week before ending the regular season this weekend with four games at Thomas.
UMaine-Farmington went 1-5 on the week with a 12-3 win against Colby-Sawyer.
Husson went 3-2 on the week, splitting two wins and two losses with Lyndon on the road this past weekend in back-to-back doubleheaders.
Lyndon finished the week 5-6. After finishing a suspended game with a win over New England College Tuesday, the Hornets split the next two game, taking the 4-1 loss before turning around and grasping an 8-2 victory. Lyndon hosted Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday before traveling to them the next day and went 1-3 in that series. Over the weekend, they hosted Husson and dropped the first two contests and then took the second two while celebrating Senior Day. Lyndon will host Castleton Tuesday and UMaine-Farmington on Wednesday, then will travel to Castleton on Thursday before traveling to Daniel Webster on Friday and MCLA on Sunday.
New England College went 2-4 on the week to fall to 14-18 overall and 6-10 in league play. NEC picked up wins against Lyndon and Daniel Webster on the week. Freshman Stanley Vargas had 13 strikeouts in game two against Castleton on Wednesday to become NEC's single-season strikeouts leader with 76 strikeouts. Additionally, Evan Delaney is now the single-season steals leader with 25. The Pilgrims play a four-game series with Colby-Sawyer on Monday and Wednesday before traveling to UMaine-Farmington on Friday and Saturday to wrap up the regular season.
Thomas went 0-7 this week as they began with losses to Bowdoin, Colby, and Division I Maine. Over the weekend, the Terriers were swept in a four-game series to Castleton. They will host their first game of the season on Tuesday, April 25, against Colby at 4:00 p.m