By Ryan Decker
For the second time this season a member of the Charlotte Crushers pitching staff has been named CVCL Pitcher of the Week.
It was announced Wednesday evening on the league website that Chris Isaac received the weekly league accolade, due in large part to his fantastic start on the mound last week against Catawba Valley.
“It feels good to be recognized for my performance,” Isaac said. “But that was last week. This is a new week. Hopefully, I can redo the performance.”
Isaac needed just 88 pitches last Tuesday to shut out the Catawba Valley Stars in a 6-0 victory for the Crushers.
He faced just one over the minimum through the first five innings, throwing just 45 pitches to record the first 15 outs.
Isaac never faced more than five hitters in an inning and delivered six 1-2-3 innings. He also never allowed a runner to get to third base.
The Crusher starter induced three double plays, two of which ended the inning it occurred in, and the final twin killing ending the game.
Possibly the biggest help to Isaac was that he allowed just two leadoff hitters to reach base, of course stranding both.
“I felt really good,” Isaac said. “I just had it. I didn’t feel tired at all. Felt good pretty much the whole game.”
Isaac owns a 3-2 record on the season with a 1.10 ERA. He’s limiting opposing hitters to a .186 batting average.
He has also pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three appearances, which include two complete games.
The rising sophomore joins Josh Hollifield in Week 5 and Myles Levy in Week 6 as Crushers to earn CVCL honors this year; this after also being named an All-Star in his first season with the team.
“It feels good, I have a good team to back me up,” said Isaac. “I have great players, great coaching.”
Hollifield, Levy, and Isaac make the Crushers one of just two teams with three players to be honored with Player of Pitcher of the Week this season, joining Kernersville.
Levy and Isaac also combine to make Charlotte the only team in the CVCL to have multiple Pitcher of the Week recipients.
This is also the most in-season weekly hardware the Crushers have taken home over the last four years.