CAN-AM Week #1 – Everglades, Richelieu Split the Lead

The first week’s power rankings are out for the Can-Am College League, and the top teams splitting the lead, both with 148.0 points, are Collège Cardinal Richelieu Monarchistes (DIV A, Canada Conference) and the Everglades U Swampmen (DIV B, Southern Conference), with both teams 4-1 after five games.

Just how long these teams will retain their positions is up for debate, however. There is a large field of strong teams in all divisions, notably Essex Tech Bullfrogs, with 8 homers (twice that of Richelieu, and leading the Can-Am league), and Danbury Central College Bobcats, with a Can-Am League-leading 37 runs (tied with RMA Sandhurst Blues and Reds and Army Black Knights).

The top-hitting team so far has been DIV B’s Navy Midshipmen, who lead the Can-Am teams with a .366 team batting average.

RMA Sandhurst had one of the best starts in the league in terms of run differential, and are currently topping all other teams with a +20 in that category, after coming up with huge wins. First, they beat Grand Canyon College in the season opener 12-4. They completed the sweep the next day, with a 6-3 win. They then swept Kentucky School of Distiling in back-to-back wins again, 13-4, then 3-1. They were not outscored until their 5-3 loss to CBSA College Portcullises yesterday.

GONZALEZ, LACOSTE NAMED STARS OF THE WEEK

Can-Am’s Division A star of the week was named as sophomore Jose Gonzalez, a 20-year-old outfielders with Danbury Central College. Determined to shake off his lackluster 2017 campaign, he started this year with a bang, going 12-for-24 with a home run and 6 RBIs in his opening five games this week.

Division B named Randy Lacoste, a 20-year-old outfielder for RMA Sandhurst, as its first star of the year. Lacoste batted an impressive 13-for-21 (.619) at the plate, and drove in 4 runs. He also have five walks and two stolen bases, showing flashes of speed.

NAVARRO SPINS NO-HITTER ON OPENING DAY

The Fraser Valley Preservers have a lot to look forward to in top-of-the-rotation starter, right-hander Lane Navarro. The 19-year-old had a huge debut outing on Opening Day against the Brian Mulroney School Cutthroats, throwing a complete game no-hitter and issuing 12 K’s. He gave up just 2 walks on the day, putting him close to a perfect game.

All eyes will be watching Navarro’s next outing, scheduled for tonight against conference rivals, Richelieu. Navarro, whose heater reaches 94 mph, used a mixed of fastballs and sliders to stymie the Cutthroats, throwing 78 strikes out of 114 pitches, setting a team game record for K’s and earning player of the game recognition along the way.

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