COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Joseph Flynn, Wareham, RHP
Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce) of Wareham has embraced his new role as starter, earning the Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week honor in his first week on the job. Before the beginning of this week, Flynn had been a reliable middle reliever for the Gatemen, allowing five earned runs in 12.1 innings over nine appearances. But in his two starts this week, Flynn proved he belongs in the starting rotation. On July 25, he received a no-decision for six strong innings, allowing only one earned run. Five days later, he earned a win with seven shutout innings of three-hit ball. His efforts lowered his ERA to 2.13, good for third on the Gatemen staff. The Plymouth native was a two-time Boston Globe Player of the Year. He went 5-2 in 12 starts as a freshman this year Franklin Pierce University.
COCA COLA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joe Panik, Yarmouth-Dennis, IF
A stellar week has become even more memorable for Y-D shortstop Joe Panik (St. Johns). A few days after starting for the East in the Cape Cod League All-Star game at Fenway Park, he was named Coca Cola Player of the Week. On Wednesday, Panik was a top performer for the East, going 1-for-2 and throwing a runner out at home plate. Back on the Cape, he had a banner week, hitting .423, with one home run and seven RBI. As a sophomore at St. John’s, Panik’s .374 batting average and .477 on-base percentage were second on the team. He has led the Red Storm in walks in each of his two years, a skill that has transferred well to the Cape League: His patience has earned him the Y-D team lead in walks and on-base percentage.