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2012

Month Pitcher of the Month Team Hitter of the Month Team
June Alec Palioca (Wheaton College) TOR Logan Gillis (Bentley University) NAS
July Tyler Dierke (Kenyon College) TOR Conor Bierfeldt (Western CT State) TOR

Pitcher of the Month - July

Pitcher: Tyler Dierke

Team: Torrington Titans

Hometown: Hudson, WI

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Kenyon College

Year (2013): Senior

Torrington might have the best 1-2 punch in the league in terms of pitching. After teammate Alec Palioca (Wheaton College) dominated opposing batters in June en route to being named the Pitcher of the Month, Dierke followed up with an even more dominating month of July. The right-hander started 5 games and went 33.2 innings while collecting the win in 4 of those games. The Wisconsin prep product allowed only 23 base runners, 18 hits and 5 walks. He also fanned 30 and yielded only 1 run in the month of July, which resulted in a miniscule 0.27 ERA for the month. Tyler pitched well in June as well, helping him earn a spot on the All-Star team. Dierke tossed 1 inning in the All-Star Game surrendering only 1 walk in his scoreless inning of work.

 

Dierke is currently tied for the league lead in wins with 6. In his next start he has the chance to break the FCBL’s single-season wins record. He also now sports a 0.68 ERA in 52.2 innings of work on the season, leading the league in earned run average as well. 


Player of the Month - July

Player: Conor Bierfeldt

Team: Torrington Titans

Hometown: Torrington, CT

Position: OF

B/T: R/R

College: Western Connecticut State

Year (2013): Senior

While Torrington’s pitching has been racking up the awards and publicity, outfielder Conor Bierfeldt has proven to be just as valuable on the offensive end for the Titans. The Division 3 Player of the Year was 30-75 (.400) during the month of July with 15 runs scored and 20 runs batted in. In the month of July alone Bierfeldt hit as many doubles (11) as any player did in the FCBL did last year. He also belted 3 homeruns and stole 3 bases without being caught. One reason Bierfeldt is so successful is that he has an advanced approach at the plate as he is not afraid to take a walk as evidenced by his on-base percentage of .515 for the month. Bierfeldt also slugged a tremendous .693 in July and was named as a starter for the Original 4 in the All-Star Game where he was 1-3 with a stolen base.

 

Bierfeldt ends July with the third best batting average (.349) in the league behind Seacoast Mavericks’ Kevin Stenhouse (.393, U. of Rhode Island) and Bryan Langlois (.372, Pepperdine University). Bierfeldt also is third in the league in homeruns with 7 behind Jon Minucci’s (Southern New Hampshire University) 11 and Anyelo Roman’s (Dakota State University) 10. He is also tied for third in the league in RBI’s and has a legitimate chance to win the triple crown with two weeks to go in the season.


Pitcher of the Month - June

Pitcher: Alec Palioca

Team: Torrington Titans

Hometown: Wrentham, MA

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Wheaton College

Year: Sophomore

Palioca has been nothing short of dominant for the Torrington Titans so far this season. The right-hander has started three games and gone 2-0. Palioca has tossed 20.0 innings, struck out 25, walked seven, and yielded only 10 hits in the month of June. He gave up only one run in his last outing in which he nearly tossed a complete game (8.2 innings pitched) and fanned 10. In June, Palioca had a 0.45 ERA which is good for 4th in the FCBL. However, it is his dominance that earns him the Pitcher of the Month Award. Palioca leads the FCBL in strikeouts (25) and is 4th among starters in WHIP (0.85).

 

As it stands today, Palioca looks to have a good shot to be the starter for the All-Star Game. 


Player of the Month - June

Player: Logan Gillis

Team: Nashua Silver Knights

Hometown: Merrimack, NH

Position: 2B

B/T: R/R

College: Bentley University

Year: Senior

Logan Gillis continues to rack up the awards in the FCBL. Last year he won the batting title with a .376 batting average and was named to the inaugural All-FCBL team as the second basemen. This year, Gillis has already earned two Player of the Night awards and looks to have a lock on the starting second base position for the All-Star game. In June, Gillis was nearly impossible to get out. He paced the league with a robust .438 batting average in 19 games. Gillis also leads the league with a .511 on-base percentage and is 8th in slugging at .575. Gillis added four doubles, two homeruns, and five stolen bases to his line. He also had 17 runs and 18 RBIs for the second place Silver Knights. In back to back games on June 12th and 14th, Logan Gillis had the walk-off hit for the Silver Knights.