Tuesday, July 3, 2018

FHS Haba, Noviello, Macchi, Fitzgibbons, Woelfel named for 2018 HockomockSports Baseball Awards


Please note that the HockomockSports.com awards are selected by our staff. They are completely separate from the Hockomock League All Stars. Players are listed alphabetically by position.

Alex Haba – Franklin – Infield
Franklin junior Alex Haba followed a strong sophomore season with an impressive junior campaign. Haba impressed defensively at shortstop and led the Panthers’ offense as the No. 3 hitter. Haba hit 0.314 with 27 hits this season and led Franklin in runs (19), triples (6), walks (13), stolen bases (15), and tied for home runs. “Alex had a tremendous year defensively at shortstop and led our team in a number of offensive categories,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “We are excited that he will anchor our infield defense for his senior season.”

Jake Noviello – Franklin – Pitcher
Franklin senior Jake Noviello finished a terrific career in the best way possible: a state championship. A top pitcher in the league for the last three years, Noviello went 7-2 and recorded the save in the state title game. He struck out 66 batters in 65.2 innings of work, finishing with a 1.81 ERA. “Jake is a co-captain and has been a tremendous leader for our program,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “On the hill, Jake is a workhorse and a tremendous competitor. Jake’s ability was never more on display than during our Super 8 run. Jake has left a lasting impression on our program.”


Jake Macchi – Franklin – Catcher
Franklin’s Jake Macchi will remember his junior season for a long time, mostly because of his two-run home run to help the Panthers win the Super 8 State Championship. Batting fourth in the lineup, Macchi led the Panthers in hits (34), singles (23), and doubles (9). He was very strong behind the plate as well, catching nearly every inning of the season. “He was a rock behind the plate and I believe he is the best receiver and blocker of the baseball in the state,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “We are thrilled he will be back behind the dish for one more year.”

Colby Fitzgibbons – Franklin – Infield
Franklin senior Colby Fitzgibbons had a breakout season in 2018 and helped the Panthers win their first-ever Super 8 Championship. In his first year as a starter, Fitzgibbons emerged as a catalyst for the Franklin offense, batting in the leadoff spot. He finished with 24 hits and a 0.308 average. He added six doubles, 12 RBI, 16 runs, and stole four bases. “Colby batted leadoff for us and played a stellar second base defensively,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “He was always a calming and clutch presence. He was one of the most consistent performers we had all season.”

Bryan Woelfel – Franklin – Pitcher
Franklin senior Bryan Woelfel started the season as one of the most underrated pitchers in the league and finished as one of the most respected in the area. Woelfel, a right-handed pitcher, threw a team-high 66 innings for the Super 8 Champion Panthers, going 7-1 with a save. He struck out 63 and allowed just nine earned runs all season for a 0.95 ERA. “Bryan is a co-captain and a great teammate,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “Pound for pound, Bryan is one of the best competitors. His versatility as a pitcher makes him extremely unique. Bryan was always unfazed by pressure situations.”

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