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BELT, PRICE EARN AWARDS FOR FINAL WEEK OF SEASON


The Texas Collegiate League has announced Coppell outfielder Brandon Belt (San Jacinto JC) as the D-Bat Player of the Week and Duncanville pitcher Bryan Price (Rice) as D-Bat Pitcher of the Week for the games during July 30 – August 5.

Belt (6-5, 195, Fr.) guided the Copperheads into post-season play with his spectacular display at the plate last week going 14-for-24 (.583) with three home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored.  The 2008 University of Texas signee, who is mostly known for his pitching, had a league season-high nine game hitting streak at the conclusion of the regular season.  In a double header against the Mineral Wells Steam, Belt assembled a combined 5-for-6 performance with a home run and two RBI and was the starting pitcher during game two.  On the summer, the Lufkin, TX native led the Copperheads with a .333 batting average and added four home runs, seven doubles and 22 RBI.

During his freshman year at San Jacinto Junior College , Belt helped lead the Gators to the JuCo World Series with a 7-2 record, 2.82 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 51 innings on the mound and a .421 batting average with 11 doubles, nine home runs and 57 RBI at the plate.  He has been drafted in the 11th round for two consecutive years, going to the Boston Red Sox in 2006 and the Atlanta Braves in 2007. 

After posting the most single game strikeouts (18) in TCL history last week, Price (6-4, 200, So.) continued his hot streak into week nine.  Price faced the Brazos Valley Bombers on Tuesday and struck out 13 in six innings of work giving up no runs and only walked two.  In his last two starts, the Rice product struck out an astounding 31 batters in 13.2 innings.  Price ended the year with a 2.73 ERA and 49 strikeouts, which ranks third in the TCL.    

Price becomes the only player this season to not only win an award twice, but to do it in consecutive weeks.  Matt Cavagnaro (McKinney Marshals 06) was the last player to be awarded consecutive weekly awards back in 2006.

The TCL playoffs begin on Monday August 6th with the each division competing in a best of three series. Wichita Falls and Coppell host the first and third (if necessary) games with the McKinney and Brazos Valley hosting the second game. After a day off on Thursday, the championship round consists of the winner of each division series competing in a best of three series. The team in the championship series with the best regular season record hosts the first and third (if necessary) games.



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