WEYMOUTH, Mass. (July 2, 2021) -- The Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England (FCBL) has recognized its 78 Sports Player of the Month and ChangeUp Pitcher of the Month for May/June. Both honorees are New England natives whose schools play in the Little East Conference.
New Britain Bees third baseman Luke Broadhurst (Eastern Connecticut State) is the 78 Sports Player of the Month. The Stafford, Conn., native has been a powerful presence in the middle of the Bees’ batting order, posting a league-leading five home runs and .544 slugging percentage while hitting .354 with 17 RBI and five stolen bases. Broadhurst has hit safely in 17 of the first 22 games of the season -- including two different streaks of at least six games -- and registered eight multi-hit efforts. He capped off the month (June 29) with a 3-for-4 night that included a walk-off, two-run single against Worcester.
Brockton Rox right-hander Dillon Ryan (UMass Boston) is the ChangeUp Pitcher of the Month. The rising junior from Sandwich, Mass., has made the most of his first five appearances for the first-place team as he boasts a 3-0 record, 1.21 ERA and 37 strikeouts across 22.1 innings of work. Ryan has allowed just 12 hits and held opponents to a .160 average in that span. After appearing in relief during the season opener, he pitched five shutout innings in two of his first three starts including a two-hit, 10-strikeout performance at Vermont (June 1) that was his first of three consecutive victories.
Headlined by Broadhurst and Ryan, the On Demand Storage Team of the Month for May/June will be announced next week.
Founded in 2011, the Futures League is a wood-bat league featuring top collegiate baseball players from New England and throughout the country. More than two million fans have attended FCBL games since the league was established. On the field, over 200 alumni have been drafted by or signed with Major League Baseball organizations and six have advanced all the way to “The Show” including three during the first month of the 2021 season.
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