The Prince George Senior Baseball League player of the week is Graham Allard, RHP, of the BID Construction Grays.
Allard has been the most dominant pitcher in the league, and only a decision to lift him after six innings of work kept him from his second no-hitter of the season. Allard, who no-hit Burnaby as the Grays won a B.C. Junior Baseball Association game, had 13 strikeouts and no walks in a 7-0 win over the Cap-Abilities Knights. For the season, the hard-throwing righthander is 3-0, and has yet to give up a run â” earned or unearned â” in 19 innings. His ratio of strikeouts to innings pitched is beyond impressive, 37 in 19 innings. The member of the Thompson Rivers University baseball team has given up just two hits, and PGSBL teams are batting .030 against him.
There were many other impressive pitching performances last week. Tim Flannigan of the TQ Insulators Titans was 1-1 with 13 strikeouts and only two hits allowed in more than six innings of work; Josh Young made his season debut for the Shallard and Shallard Tigers and struck out eight and gave up three hits in six innings; Youngâs teammate Adam Norn fanned 13 and gave up just three hits in a seven-inning outing; Lefty Troy McMillan of Quesnel allowed one unearned run and limited the Pirates to five hits, striking out three, in a five-inning mercy-rule win on Saturday; and righthander Jason Cage of the league-leading Westwood Sports Pub Royals improved to 5-0 with 11 strikeouts, one run allowed, and four hits surrendered in a 6-1 win over the Citizen Knights.
Because the pitchers were on top of their game, the hitters were kept at bay last week. Jason Docherty of the Tigers batted .500 with a double and four runs driven in, and Greg White of the TQ Insulators Titans was .500 with his first PGSBL home run and three runs plated. An honourable mention goes to the Quesnel Jacks team, which is on a four-game winning streak that includes sweeps over the TQ Insulators Titans and Treasure Cove Pirates. Quesnel won a total of two games in its first two years combined, and this past weekend posted the first shutout in franchise history with a 6-0 win over the Pirates. Riley Ferster (3-2) was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and scattering six hits over seven innings.