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Chase named ICBL MVP; Catapano, Cooper and Schulz earn end-of-season honors

By Paul Gotham, 09/26/18, 9:15AM EDT


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Lake Monsters Nate Chase (Grand Valley State) led the league in three offensive statistical categories and finished top five in another three. Chase’s teammate, Jonathan Catapano (Grand Valley) paced the top offense. The Monarchs Tanner Cooper (Finger Lakes CC) posted gaudy numbers on the mound, and Jason Schulz (R.I.T.) manned the hot corner for the Flyin’ Fish. The quartet garnered end-of-the season honors as announced by the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League.

Chase helped the Lake Monsters to a 19-10 record, the top spot in the Rochester Division and earned 2018 ICBL MVP.  He led ICBL with five home runs and a slugging percentage of .658. He shared the lead in runs scored with 22 and finished top five in RBI (3rd with 18), average (t-4th/.316), on-base percentage (5th/.424) and hits (3rd/24) to go with five doubles and three triples. The Webster Schroeder and Niagara County Community College alum earned Player of the Week honors for June 16th-22nd when he produced nine runs in 10 at bats.

Catapano shared a league-high a .362 out of the leadoff spot  and led all players with an on-base percentage of .494 to earn the Silver Slugger award. He collected 16 RBI and connected on two home runs. The McQuaid Jesuit and Monroe Community College alum added seven doubles and and three triples to his season effort.


Cooper finished with an eye-popping 61 strike outs and 20 walks in 39 innings to earn Pitcher of the Year. The right-hander finished 2-1 with one save in seven appearance. Opposing batters hit .190 against the former Canandaigua Brave.

Schulz made 17 put outs and had 25 assists in 94.2 innings played to earn the ICBL Gold Glove. The Flyin’ Fish third baseman committed just two errors and compiled a fielding percentage of .955. The Liverpool alum made a habit of turning difficult into routine put outs.