Local roundup: Mystic's Bowens named NECBL's Top Pro Prospect
Mystic — TT Bowens of the Mystic Schooners, a former Montville High School star and rising junior at Central Connecticut State University, was named the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Top Pro Prospect, as announced Tuesday by league commissioner Sean McGrath.
The league leader in home runs (16) and RBI (53), Bowens set an NECBL single-season record in RBI, helping Mystic finish third in the Southern Division. He batted .331 (57-for-157), while ranking fourth in the league with 41 runs scored, second in total bases (109), tied for first in extra-base hits (25) and first in slugging percentage (.694). Bowens had nine doubles on the year and drew 20 walks.
Bowens, a first baseman, earned first team All-NECBL honors on Monday along with fellow Schooners Trey McLoughlin of Fairfield (starting pitcher) and Nick Robino of Wagner (relief pitcher).
Also Tuesday, Mystic's David Beam (East Tennessee State) was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Beam, an outfielder, ranked in the top 10 in the NECBL in batting average at .357, finighing with 46 hits in 129 at-bats with three home runs, 26 RBI and 35 runs scored in 36 games. He ranked fifth in the league with a .444 on-base percentage.
Other major award winners announced Tuesday were Joey Porricelli of North Adams, named the Christopher Ashmos 10th Player Award recipient; Ryan Murphy of Vermont, Robin Roberts Best Starting Pitcher; Nander De Sedas of Martha's Vineyard, Best Defensive Player; Aaron Haase of Upper Valley, Joe Nathan Top Relief Pitcher; Cole Frederick of Upper Valley, batting champion; Sam Cochrane of Winnipesaukee, Most Improved Player; Jay Mendez of Martha's Vineyard, Joel Cooney Manager of the Year; and Anthony Letizio, Umpire of the Year.
Potvin scholarships awarded
• The Christopher Potvin Scholarship Fund presented 35 $1,000 scholarships Sunday at a banquet held at Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam. Recipients were:
Cecilia Hunter (Windham), Safa Danesh (Waterford), Allison Georgetti (Fitch), Shelby Coombe (Wheeler), Emma Sabbadini (Stonington), Lauren Ross (Montville), Richard Galbo (East Lyme), Caitlyn Sievers (East Lyme), Sarah Christensen (East Lyme), Sydney Buckley (East Lyme), Phoebe Provencher (East Lyme), Anna Sather (Old Lyme), Danielle McCarthy (Old Lyme), Mya Johnson (Old Lyme), Eli St. Germain (Old Lyme), Caroline Wallace (Old Lyme), Bailey Comeau (Norwich Free Academy), Mason Larkin (NFA), Jacob Fabry (NFA), Kevin Pomroy (NFA), Olivia Gianakos (Waterford), Ciana Chiappone (Waterford), Ashley Burdsall (Waterford), Caroline Petchark (Waterford), Liam Spellman (Waterford), Adam Crawford (Ledyard), Ken Turner (Ledyard), Matthew Thornton (Ledyard), Riley Hart (Bacon Academy), Mikayla Delima Wilcox (Woodstock Academy), Olivia Carney (Fitch), John Marcolina (Fitch), Brendan Thornton (Ledyard), Tyler Cady (Fitch) and Cole Potts (St. Bernard).
New York-Penn League
• Kedier Montero pitched six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts for his first win as the Connecticut Tigers beat the Tri-City ValleyCats, 2-0. Montero has struck out 15 and allowed no runs through 11 innings for the Tigers (27-30). Eleiezer Alfonzo had two of Connecticut’s three hits, including an RBI double. Kona Quiggle and Nick Quintana both scored, Ted Stuka struck out seven in 2.2 innings of relief, and Kory Behenna got a one-out save. The ValleyCats are 24-33.
Monday night, Tri-City led by seven runs after three innings and held on to beat the Tigers 7-5. The Tigers (26-30) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Eliezer Alfonzo and Jordan Verdon had RBI doubles and Kingston Liniak singled home a run. Kona Quiggle and Alfonzo had RBI singles in the eighth. Alfonzo was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
• The Three Rivers Sonics beat Groton 10-2 in the first game in the best-of-three Eastern Connecticut Major League playoffs series on Monday night at Washington Park in Groton. The winners of the series plays the Panera Pirates for the title.
Saxon Herbert pitched a one-hitter for the win, striking out nine with one walk. Kyle Richards was 4-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI, Aaron Beeney singled and tripled, Anthony Viteritto drove in two runs and Herbert singled and doubled for the Sonics. Axel DeJesus had Groton's hit.
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