Saturday, July 2, 2016

Hockomock Sports recognizes three FHS baseball players

  • Ryan Hodgkins – Franklin – Outfield

Franklin junior Ryan Hodgkins had a breakout year for the Panthers, patrolling the outfield as Franklin made a late charge for the league title. Hodgkins was one of the top hitters in the entire league, batting .400 on the season – a team-high with a minimum of 30 ABs. Hodgkins had 26 hits in 65 at-bats and led Franklin with 18 runs scored. He also had 10 RBI on the season, playing in all 22 of the Panthers’ games this season. The junior was also a strong defensive player for Franklin and was named a Hockomock League All Star.

  • Mike Skaza – Franklin – Outfield

Franklin senior Mike Skaza was an important piece for Zach Brown’s Panthers squad, who rattled of a seven game win streak in May to earn a playoff berth. Skaza was a key cog in the league’s top offense, as Franklin finished with the year with a Hockomock best 138 runs scored. The senior was a big reason for that, batting .373 on the season, which was third on the team. He had 22 hits in 59 at-bats and came around to score 12 runs and had 13 RBI. Skaza had a big game with two hits and two RBI when the Panthers upset St. Peter Marian in May.

  • Josh Macchi – Franklin – Designated Hitter

Franklin junior Josh Macchi played a clutch role in the Panthers’ push for the playoffs in 2016. Franklin had the league’s best offense, scoring 138 runs in 23 games – an average of six per game – and Macchi was a big reason for that. Macchi was second on the team in batting averaging, finishing the regular season at .381. He had 24 hits in 63 at-bats for the Panthers, who earned a postseason berth. Macchi drove in a team-high 16 RBI for the powerful Franklin offense and scored 13 runs. He was also selected as a Hockomock League Honorable Mention by the coaches.

For the full listing of Hockomock League baseball awards

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