SCCBL Hitter of the Month: May/June
T.J. Bennett – 3B – Palm Springs POWER
Third-basemen T.J. Bennett of the Palm Springs POWER was named the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League Hitter of the Month on Monday.
In 21 games played in May and June, T.J. Bennett has dazzled offensively for the POWER, batting .369 (31-for-84) with 20 RBIs and a league-leading 22 runs scored.
The University of Utah-product has shown some quality pop through the first half of the season, posting a .512 slugging percentage, while coming up with nine extra-base hits, including seven doubles and a homerun.
Bennett has also displayed good speed and savvy base-running, swiping 17 bases in 20 attempts (.850), the fourth-best total in the SCCBL.
He currently leads the POWER in five offensive categories, including runs scored (22), hits (31), RBIs (20), doubles (7) and total-bases (43).
On defense, Bennett has flashed the leather at the hot corner for Palm Springs, committing just one error in 57 chances.
Ray Patchen – 1B – Long Beach Legends
– In 29 games, he is batting .348 with and a team-best 32 hits and 20 runs batted in plus 19 walks and 13 runs scored.
Dalton Weeks – 2B – Team San Diego
– In 17 games, he is batting .383 with a team-high 23 hits to go along with 13 RBIs, 15 runs scored and six stolen bases.
SCCBL Pitcher of the Month: May/June
Kyle Crawford – LHP – Palm Springs POWER & Danny Ittner – LHP – Long Beach Legends
University of Pacific-product Kyle Crawford of the POWER and fellow left-hander Danny Ittner of the Long Beach Legends were named SCCBL Co-Pitchers of the Month on Monday.
Crawford has been the anchor of the Palm Springs pitching staff through the first month of the season. The left-hander is a perfect 5-0 with a scant earned run average of 1.82 and has not allowed a run in his last 12 2/3 innings.
The Modesto-native has displayed great control through May and June. In 34 2/3 innings, he has struck out a league-best 41 batters while allowing only five walks.
In his last outing, the southpaw stymied the Legends in a 6-0 POWER victory. Crawford scattered just six hits and two walks across 8 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, while striking out six.
Ittner leads all SCCBL pitchers with a microscopic 0.58 earned-run average and is also tops in the league in batting-average against, holding opposing batters to a .171 mark.
He boasts an overall record of 2-0 in eight appearances (four starts) and is second in the league with 31 innings pitched.
The Long Beach City College-product has allowed just two earned runs on 19 hits, only two of which have gone for extra bases.
In his last start, Ittner tossed a gem, throwing 6 innings against the POWER while allowing just 1 earned run and striking out five en route to the win.
Jeff Curran – LHP – Long Beach Legends
– In five starts, he has a record of 2-3 and a 1.50 ERA. His 25 strikeouts rank him fourth in the SCCBL and his 30 innings pitched are the third-best in the league.