Eze, Saxton earn opening-week honors

Michael Eze and Will Saxton were named Appy League Player and Pitcher of the Week

The Appalachian League announced that Bluefield’s Michael Eze and Greeneville’s Will Saxton earned the season’s first Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively.

Eze led the Ridge Runners’ offensive attack in the first four games of the season, batting .647 (11-for-17) with two doubles, two triples and six RBI. The infielder opened the season with three hits and three RBI against Kingsport before collecting five hits–including two triples–in Bluefield’s home-opener against Greeneville. Eze, who just finished his freshman season at Georgetown University, leads the league in numerous statistical categories, including batting average, runs, total bases and triples.

Saxton made two appearances this week, making his Appy League-debut on Opening Night. The left-hander tossed two hitless innings against Elizabethton, striking out five and walking one. Saxton, who plays collegiately for Florida International University, made his first start of the season Sunday against Bluefield. He handed the Ridge Runners their first loss of the season, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out four while scattering two walks and two hits to earn the win. Saxton’s nine total strikeouts are tied for the most in the league after the season’s debut weekend.

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