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MSBL PLayers of the Week: June 9, 2017

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

Below we have this week's MSBL Players of the Week!  Congratulations to you all for your outstanding contributions.  If you are a league president, a manager or a player and someone really puts it all together, please send me the information and a picture if you have one.  I post the stories on Fridays on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages and I POST THEM ALL.  You send it, it gets in.  Send anything you have by the end of Wednesday to msbllamontia@aol.com and I'll throw the spotlight your way.  Have a great week, everyone!

Submitted by Henry Perez, Chicago Midwest Suburban Elite

The Elite play in the AAA division of the Chicago Midwest Suburban League and are currently sitting at 5-1, thanks to a strong pitching performance by Colby Green and Augie Voight. In a recent 2-1 victory over the Hawks, Green went seven innings while striking out ten, walking three and only allowing five hits in his first outing of the year.

Voight picked up the save by throwing the final two innings and striking out four.

Submitted by Mark Greenspan, Yankees manager 

On Sunday, June 4, Jeff Budin pitched a 9-inning, no-hit, no run game while striking out seven to lead the Montgomery County Yankees to a 9-0 win over the South Jersey Phillies in a South Jersey MSBL 52+ game played at Russell Elliot Memorial Park in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. Budin needed just 86 pitches to become the first Yankee to pitch a 9-inning no-hitter in the 26-year history of the club. Only three Phillies reached base all game – two on errors and one by base on balls – none of whom advanced beyond first base.

There had been three prior no-hitters in the history of the Montgomery County Yankees – two by Tom Gallagher in 2012 and one by Mike Evangelist in 1999 – but they were all in scheduled 7-inning games.

This is Budin’s 15th season with the Yankees and 23rd as a member of the MSBL. He’s also participated in 19 of the last 20 MSBL Fall Classics.  Budin improved to 4-0 on the young season and lowered his ERA to 0.31, while the Yankees improved to 8-1 and remained within a game and a half of the first-place South Jersey A’s (10-0), who they will meet in a doubleheader showdown for first place this coming Sunday.

Submitted by Ralph Leaf, Redwood Empire Jazz manager

Following a 19-1 championship season, the Jazz of theRedwood Empire Baseball League's 65+ Legends League have broken out to a 6-0 start and plenty of credit for the fast start, other than a team ERA of 0.96, is the sizzling bat of Mark Yanuskiewicz.

The catcher leads the Legends League with a .760 batting average (18x25) and 20 RBI. Jazz teammate Robert McGregor, who has made some outstanding catches in left field, is hitting at a .643 clip (18x28), with four doubles and a triple from the leadoff position.

(Mark's season stats are shown above)

Submitted by Matt Longfellow, Hamilton County Phillies manager

The Hamilton County Phillies of the 25-over National division defeated the Indy Rangers 6-2 last week in the Indiana Baseball Leaguein Indianapolis.  We had some outstanding performances at the plate as well as a very strong pitching performance.

Scott Kessler was on the mound and threw a complete game victory while surrendering only seven hits and striking out seven.  Scott only gave up one earned run and also went 1 for 3 at the plate while walking twice, scoring two runs, knocking one in and stealing two bases.

Matt Zmich was a perfect 4 for 4 with two singles and two doubles, drove in three runs, scored one and stole a base.

Tom Drake was also perfect at the dish at 3 for 3 with three singles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored.  

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