FORT MYERS, Fla., - As the baseball summer leagues wrap up, several Eagles received post-season honors. Playing for the Alexandria Beetles, Josh Upchurch earned a spot on the post-season all-star team while Richard Bleier was named team Cy-Young Award winner. Ozzie Borrell, playing for the North Adams Steeplecats was selected as a 2nd team All-NECBL member.
In 62 games this summer, Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) hit .313 while setting five franchise records including hits, 80; at-bats, 256; runs scored, 46 and stolen bases, 40 out of 48 attempts. His speed also created a solid presence in center field. Upchurch never committed an error in 144 catches including two outfield assists. Upchurch was named to the post-season All-Star team and also the mid-season All-Star team.
Bleier finished with a 5-3 mark and a 3.39 ERA. The Davie, Fla., native tossed 61.0 innings, making 19 appearances and seven starts. Bleier’s five wins led the team and his ERA was one of the top marks on the team. Bleier was named the team’s Cy-Young winner. The Alexandria Beetles are a member of the Northwoods League is a Summer Collegiate Baseball Association (SCBA) sanctioned summer baseball league comprised of teams of the top college players from across the nation and North America. The league just completed its 14th year of operation.
Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.) was a second team NECBL selection. Borrell, the All-Star game MVP of the NECBL, led the league in triples and finished the year with a .303 batting average and six triples. The New England Collegiate Baseball League also just completed its 14th year of competition.
The trio join Jason Peacock as Eagles who claimed post-season honors. Peacock was named Playoff and team MVP for the Leesburg Lightning of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Peacock drove in four runs in the championship game and hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of a semifinal game which propelled the Lightning to the championship game.
FGCU just completed their final year of NCAA Division II play with a 40-17 record and second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. FGCU now joins the Atlantic Sun Conference and NCAA Division I. The A-Sun is one of the premiere baseball conferences, placing at least two teams in each of the last 10 post-seasons.