Stu’s Hitter of the Month
Ted Downing, South Boston Saints
Ted Downing of the South Boston Saints is our hitter of the month. Not only has he had an outstanding season at the plate, but he also serves as the Southie closer. He’s been a terrific utility player for them, besides pitching, he has also played at short and caught for the team.
Ted had a solid month, batting .300 (6-20) in July. He had two doubles, one triple, four RBI and stole a base. For the season, Teddy is fourth in the league with a .418 batting average, slightly better than Rick Porcello at the plate. He is now 15th in hits with 28, 6th in doubles with 6, leads the league with 4 triples, 4th in runs scored with 22, 5th in slugging percentage with a .672 AVG, 7th in on base percentage with a .480 OBP, and he’s 5th in OPS with a 1.152. He is tied for the league lead in saves with 4.
Ted is one of the main cogs the Saints are one of four teams that have clinched the second seed in the Yawkey League playoffs.
Stu’s Pitcher of the Month
Billy Sullivan, Charlestown Townies
Billy Sullivan of Charlestown is our hands down choice for pitcher of the month. Sullivan, a rookie, is so far the lead choice as rookie of the year, if balloting was to end thus far. He had a dominating month of July going 4-0 in 4 starts, with 3 complete games allowing only two earned runs in those 4 games. Just amazing. He is now 7-0.
On the season, Bill leads the league with an 0.62 ERA, as well as his 7 wins, hes 3rd in the league in innings pitched with 56 1/3. He’s second in the league in strikeouts with 64. Hes 4th in SOIP with 1.14 and leads the league in WHIP with a ridiculous 0.79.
What’s made him our star of the month is how he pitched this past month. Four games, four starts, four wins over teams such as the top rated Braves, a complete game 3 hit shutout, with 4 strikeouts and one walk. 10 days later against the powerful Rockies, another complete game, allowing no earned runs, with 5 Ks.
Seven days later against Savin Hill, yet another complete game, with no earned runs allowed, this time with 9 Ks and only 1 BB. And finally his last game of the month, yet another win, this time against Southie, he only went 5 innings, allowed his only 2 earned runs of the month. He single handedly may have carried the Townies to its first playoff appearance.