Player of the Week
Joe Cassella, Western New England (Jr., OF)
Junior Joe Cassella (Wallingford, Conn.) was a major factor in Western New England’s run through the CCC Baseball Tournament as he batted .476 with 11 runs scored and eight RBI. Early in the tournament, he had three consecutive multi-hit games including two three-hit games against No. 6 seed Gordon to send the Golden Bears out of pod play and into the CCC Championship Series. In game one of the best-of-three series, he drove in three and scored two runs. Two of his RBI came on a two-run double in the eighth. With his team now in control, Cassella became instrumental in WNE’s attempt to secure the league title. He came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth trailing by two and laid down a great sacrifice bunt down the third-base line forcing an errant throw and allowing the tying runs to score. He then scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Golden Bears the lead. The game went to the 12th inning where Cassella would walk and steal second before coming around to score the series-clinching run.
Pitcher of the Week
Bob Hamel, Western New England (Jr., P)
Junior Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.) earned two road wins for Western New England in its 2018 CCC Baseball Tournament Championship run. He threw five innings against No. 2 seed Roger Williams during pod play, allowing only one unearned run and striking out eight. He then pitched into the seventh in game one of the CCC Championship Series surrendering two earned runs and striking out five. His ERA during the tournament was 1.54.
Rookie of the Week
Michael Mathews, Salve Regina (Fr., P)
Salve Regina freshman Michael Mathews (West Hartford, Conn.) turned in a quality start against No. 4 seed Endicott in the Pod A Final of the CCC Baseball Tournament. He went 6-1/3 innings allowing five hits and two earned runs in what ended up being the Seahawks’ longest game in conference history. The Seahawks won that game in the 13th inning sending them into the CCC Championship Series. Mathews pitched 1/3 of an inning in the series.
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The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.