At the end of every week of regular season play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, a pitcher and a player are recognized for being the most notable player during the seven day period.
The Sanford Mainers were lucky enough to have both Steven Rice and Anthony Hajjar receive the honor over the past two weeks.
At the week ending of July 21, Rice was the second reliever in row to receive the pitcher of the week. During the week Rice appeared in two games for the Mainers facing twelve batters. He sat down every hitter he faced in a combination of one inning against the New Bedford Bay Sox and three more against the Newport Gulls. In the three innings against the Gulls, Rice struck out five as part of the nine straight he retired; all part of sealing a 2-1 win over the Gulls on July 16.
At Vanderbilt this spring, Rice appeared in 17 games for the Commodores, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. He threw 21.1 innings while striking out 21.
At the week end of July 28, Hajjar marked the second straight Mainer to get the award. He hit .500 on week in 22 at bats (24 plate appearances). In that time he struck out only once, hit two home runs with eight runs batted in six games. Hajjar was able to record multi-hit games in four of the six games.
This spring, Hajjar hit .322 for the Fairfield Stags, leading the team in hits. He is also a one-time Freshman All-American and the MAAC Rookie of the Year.
These two players will help lead the Mainers into the 2012 NECBL Playoffs in quest for the Fay Vincent Cup.