Stu’s Hitter of the Week
Matt Costanza, McKay Club
Our first hitter of 2018 is McKay Club Beacon sophomore Matt Costanza. Matt is coming off an extraordinary rookie year in which he finished with .425 average playing in 26 of the 32 games.
Matt would collect 34 hits with 7 doubles, a triple. He scored 16 runs while driving in 20 runs. He proved to have a great eye at the plate, walking 8 times and striking out just 11 times in 90 plate appearances.
He was constantly on base, compiling a .473 on base percentage and slugging for a .538 average. He runs the bases well, stealing 4 out of 5 bases. He was one of the select few in 2017 to get at least 1 hit against each team in the league last year, collecting a best 7-10 (.700) avg against Savin Hill.
This season Matt is off to a quick start going 2-6 with 2 runs scored, helping to the Beacons to get off to a 2-0 record.
Stu’s Pitcher of the Week
Dan Shaw, South Boston
Dan Shaw of the South Boston Saints is our pitcher to watch for May.
The third year hurler is coming off a fine season in which he compiled a 3.29 era in 38.1 innings pitched, winning 3, losing 2, saving 1. He allowed 44 hits and only 18 earned runs. He struck out 35 and walked 22. But his key stat was that he once again did not allow a home run. Thus far in 94.2 in his career, he has allowed but one homer. He may be the most versatile pitcher in the league, as he can start, go middle relief or close.
This year, he’s won his start, and saved his only closing attempt. He has already struck out 14, walked only 3 and has a great ERA of 1.24. The Saints have jumped out to a 3-1 record.