By ASHLEY CROSBY
BOURNE ----- In a pitcher-dominated season, Bourne’s 6-6 southpaw Grayson Garvin (Vanderbilt) stood above all others, winning the BFC Whitehouse Top Pitcher Award for his outstanding season on the mound.
Grayson Garvin, Outstanding Pitcher Award.
Garvin’s perfect 5-0 record, along with his league-leading 0.74 ERA in 36.2 innings pitched, was enough to earn the award over other pitching notables, such as Brewster’s Anthony Ranaudo (LSU) and Cotuit’s Austin Wood (St. Petersburg).
“He was pleasantly surprised,” said Bourne general manager Mike Carrier. “I’m guessing he knew he had a shot at it. It basically came down to him and Wood, and as I was doing the stats myself, it was clear by the formula that Grayson was going to win it.”
The award is based on a formula that longtime league statistician and volunteer John Wylde devised, incorporating 10 criteria, from innings to ERA to strikeouts-to-inning ratio.
“When Grayson took the mound you knew a ‘W’ was almost automatic as long as the offense did a little bit,” Carrier said. “He had a lot of confidence in what he was doing. He’s a tough left-hander, spotted the ball very well, and just competed every game.”
Garvin racked up 37 strikeouts, while allowing only 12 walks and 18 hits, and held opponents to a .146 average.