Spishock wins RBI title

Carmichaels’ Joel Spishock prepares to make contact for a two-run single in the top of the first inning during a Fayette County Baseball League game at Masontown-German Park on July 26. Spishock finished with a league-high 12 RBI to win the John “Preacher” Collingwood RBI Award. (Photo by Jim Downey)

The Fayette County Baseball League begins play in the semifinals Sunday afternoon with games at Masontown and Carmichaels.

Masontown, the top seed and co-regular season champions with a 9-3 record, hosts the winner of Friday's Fayette Raiders-Mill Run play-in game at 5 p.m.

Carmichaels (9-3) is home against Mitch's Bail Bonds (6-6), also at 5 p.m.

The best-of-3 series moves to Mitch's Bail Bonds and either Fayette Raiders or Mill Run in Game 2 on Monday at 6 p.m. Should a Game 3 be needed, the games return to Carmichaels and Masontown on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

FCBL president Ryan Encapera also announced several league award winners and top performers.

Mill Run's Cole Shearer had the top batting average in the 12-game season at .455 (10-for-22) to receive the John Kupets Batting Champion Award. 

Rounding out the top nine averages are: Mitch's Bail Bonds' Noah Hansen (.433), Masontown's Willie Palmer (.409), Mitch's Bail Bonds' Travis Sankovich (.400), Carmichaels' Brody Bonadio (.385), Masontown's Darion Palmer (.385), Fayette's Anthony Dellapenna (.367), Mill Run's Logan Kemp (.345), Masontown's Michael Coll (.341), and Carmichaels' Joel Spishock (.314).

Spishock drove in 14 runs to win the John "Preacher" Collingwood RBI Award.

Hansen hit two home runs for the Alex "Pickhandle" Merkosky Home Run Award.

Willie Palmer finished with a league-best 3-0 record with 40 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings. Carmichaels' Joby Lapkowicz was 2-0 with 40 strikeouts and no earned runs allowed in 20.2 innings.

Masontown's Zach Uhazie was 3-1, including a no-hitter, with 35 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.96 in 25 innings. Carmichaels' Joe Sabolek was 2-0 with 30 strikeouts and a 2.42 ERA in 22.1 innings. Mitch's Bail Bonds' Garrett Stevenson (2-0) struck out 21 in 15 innings and Mill Run's Jimmy Malone (1-2) struck out 23 in 18 innings. The Copperheads' Nate Torbich finished with a 3-3 record with a 3.04 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

Mitch's Bail Bonds' Tyler Chrise (1-2) appeared in a league-high eight games with 28 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

The following awards have yet to be voted on: Brian Sankovich MVP Award (regular season), Arky Schaffer Comeback Player of the Year Award, Nick Damico Rookie of the Year Award, Vince Zapatosky Mr. Baseball Award, Dan Kupets Manager of the Year Award, and the Joe Kurnot Top Pitcher Award.

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