The New York Collegiate Baseball League honored two Erie Community College baseball players this past week. The NYCBL, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball.
Joe Pantano (Fredonia, N.Y./St. Francis) was named the NYCBL's hitter of the week. Pantano, who played shortstop for the 2011 and 2012 Kats, collected a league-leading 16 hits for the Olean Oilers. He had six multi-hit games including a 4-for-5 performance when the Oilers defeated the then-first-place Hornell Dodgers. In 29 at bats Pantano had four extra-base hits to go with four walks. He is also tied for the league lead with eight runs scored.
Brandon Nemeti (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) was selected the league's pitcher of the week. Nemeti, who pitched for ECC the past seasons, went 2-0 in his first two starts for Olean. The right-handed Nemeti scattered four hits over seven-plus innings as Olean opened the season with a win over the Geneva Twins. He followed that with six-plus innings of work in a victory at Niagara Falls. He has struck out eight while allowing three earned runs for a 1.93 earned-run average.