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PGCBL Player and Pitcher of the Week, Week 6

By: John McGraw
Looking over the shoulder of PGBCL Player of the Week Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) of the Albany Dutchmen. Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce the winners of the PGCBL Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for the period of July 15 through July 21.

Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) of the Albany Dutchmen outslugged the rest of the competition en route to being named the PGCBL Player of the Week. Dan Gautieri (Penn) halted Watertown’s five-game winning streak with a complete game shutout to claim the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week award.

Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) is the starting first baseman for the Albany Dutchmen. He is the first Albany hitter to win the PGCBL’s Player of the Week award since current Chicago Cubs farmhand Will Remillard (Albany 2011-2012) claimed the prize during the 2011 season. Dacey powered the Dutchmen to a 4-3 record last week in regularly-scheduled games. The Wyckoff, N.J., native appeared in all seven contests and started six. He batted .391 (9-for-23) with three home runs, nine RBI, 10 runs scored and 21 total bases. Dacey accumulated a .913 slugging percentage and a .462 on-base percentage. The Richmond-bound first baseman logged at least one hit and scored at least one run in six of seven games. He recorded four multi-run, three multi-hit and three multi-RBI games. Defensively, Dacey did not commit an error in 48 total chances at first base with 46 putouts and two assists.

The 6-foot-3 Albany first baseman began the week with one of his best defensive performances of the season in a 5-1 win over Elmira. Dacey tied a season high with 14 putouts at first base. At the plate, he swatted a lead-off single in the second inning and scored Albany’s first run. The next day, Dacey scored twice and drilled an RBI single as part of a 10-run fourth inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Adirondack. The Don Bosco Prep graduate came off the bench in the night cap and sparked an eighth-inning rally with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Friday, Dacey began a weekend-long barrage of extra-base hits and home runs. He belted a solo home run in a resumed game against Cooperstown at Doubleday Field which did not count towards his weekly total. In the regularly-scheduled game on Friday evening, the Bosco basher smacked back-to-back solo home runs in his final two at-bats to propel Albany to a 4-3 victory. Saturday night, Dacey doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice in the first game of a doubleheader against Amsterdam. The rising redshirt freshman slugged Albany to a thrilling come-from-behind win over Glens Falls on Sunday. Dacey capped off an Albany comeback from down 7-0 with a two-RBI double in the sixth inning that forced a 7-7 tie. He returned to the plate in the eighth inning with the score tied, 9-9. Dacey gave Albany the lead for good with a lead-off solo home run to right field; his sixth home run of the summer.

Matthew has been selected as Albany’s representative for the Home Run Derby at the 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game. 

Dan Gautieri (Penn) topped the mound at Watertown’s Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Sunday evening for the Newark Pilots. The Watertown Rams, winners of five straight, entered the game with the best home record, 12-3, in the league. Gautieri quieted the Watertown bats with a complete game six-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory for the Pilots. The rising junior from the University of Pennsylvania recorded the fourth nine-inning complete game shutout in league history and the first since June 25, 2012.

Gautieri scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five. He retired the side in order four times and opposed seven batters over the minimum. Between the second and seventh innings, he seated 17 of the 20 Watertown batters and did not allow more than one runner on base at a time. Three of Watertown’s six hits came in the eighth inning as the Rams loaded the bases with one out, trailing 3-0. Gautieri pitched out of the jam without allowing damage as he struck out Jacob Boylan (Kansas) for the second out and induced J.J. Wagner (Pacific) to hit into an inning-ending fielders’ choice. The Roseland, N.J., native retired the side in order in the ninth to complete the shutout.

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