IBL gives T-Birds’ Sharpe a tip of the cap

thunderbirdsHamilton Thunderbirds’ Ryan Sharpe continues to excel both at the plate and on the mound and as a result, he earns the Rawlings IBL Player of the Week Award for June 28.

Sharpe has been a solid contributor playing the outfield and ended last week with a .412 batting average. However, he’s also been a solid relief pitcher for the Thunderbirds, with an ERA of 3.00 and two saves.

Last week both his skills were on display in a 4-3 win over the Mississauga Twins on June 28. He had two hits, including a double, while playing left field and then came on with two innings of relief to earn the save in the same game. He allowed just one unearned run on the mound to close out the much needed win for the struggling T-Birds.

On June 26 against Brantford, Sharpe had another two hits, both doubles, and on June 25 against Barrie had three hits, including a double, a triple, a stolen base and two RBI.

For the week, the multi-talented Sharpe went 7-for-14 for a .500 batting average in three games while also picking up a save on the mound as he helped Hamilton creep closer to the eighth and final playoff spot.

Each weekly winner of the Rawlings IBL Player of the Week receives a special hand crafted award courtesy of Rawlings, an official sponsor of the Intercounty Baseball League.