Atkinson and Arias Named IBL Players of the Week
CAMBRIDGE – The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) announced its Players of the Week for the week of June 17-June 23.
Riding a seven-game win streak, Barrie Baycats' players took both honours. Third baseman Kevin Atkinson was named Hitter of the Week after batting .600 (9-for-15) during a three-game stretch in which the Baycats scored 37 runs. Atkinson went deep twice and had nine RBI and six runs.
Overall, Atkinson is slashing .417/.482/.792/1.274 in 72 at bats. He's tied for second in the IBL with seven home runs and leads the league with 29 RBI.
Atkinson's teammate Santos Arias was named Pitcher of the Week after going the distance in the Baycats' 10-2 win over Brantford. Arias took a no-hitter into the ninth before giving up a one-out single. He allowed two more hits and two runs while walking one and striking out six.
In five starts, Arias is 4-0 with an earned-run average of 3.00 and a 1.12 WHIP.
The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top level baseball league in Ontario, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2019 season will mark the IBL’s 101st in operation. The IBL is the fifth longest continually operated baseball league in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.