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Futures League Announces First Weekly Awards of 2021

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WEYMOUTH, Mass. (June 8, 2021) -- The second full week of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League season is upon us, which marks the return of our Player and Pitcher of the Week honors!

Since being handed a season-opening loss on May 26, the Brockton Rox have surged to the top of the standings and currently hold a two-game lead over the second-place Pittsfield Suns. Brockton enters the week in the midst of a seven-game win streak, the longest by any FCBL team since 2019.

Based on their strong starts, it should come as no surprise that the FCBL’s first weekly honorees of the 2021 season come from the Rox and Suns. The race is close beyond the top two, as the third through eighth-place teams are separated by 2.5 games.

WEEKLY AWARDS

78 SPORTS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jackson Appel, Pittsfield Suns
University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Appel has been a key cog in the middle of Pittsfield’s lineup through the early stretch of the season, leading the FCBL with a .429 average and 10 RBI. He has recorded multiple hits and driven in runs in five of his first seven games for the Suns, and his 12 total includes back-to-back three-hit games to begin the season. The rising junior has also hit three doubles, scored five runs and logged 15 total bases, all while reaching base at a .485 clip that stands among the league leaders.

CHANGEUP PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Dillon Ryan, Brockton Rox
UMass Boston
Hometown: Sandwich, Mass.

Ryan’s two appearances for the Rox have been dominant as he has collected 14 strikeouts and allowed just three hits and three walks across seven scoreless innings. After tossing two innings of one-hit ball in a relief appearance during the May 26 season opener, Ryan got his first start on June 1 and fanned 10 Vermont batters while allowing just a pair of hits over the first five frames of an 8-0 win in Burlington. He is one of three pitchers on the Brockton staff with a perfect ERA through at least seven innings.