The Aberdeen IronBirds opened the season with a sweep, then came home to play the Wilmington Blue Rocks, who were coming to visit from neighboring Delaware.
The week turned into a series split, with offense being the name of the game. The IronBirds would end the week 6-3, tied for the second best record in the South Atlantic League.
This week saw the offense have some strong outbursts, starting with outfielder Donta’ Williams, the Orioles 2021 fourth-round pick. Williams would bat .389 for the week, collecting seven hits and almost as many RBIs with six.
Williams would collect a double and a triple in a 3-for-4 performance, with two stolen bases in a 5-4 victory on the 16th. Collecting two of his RBIs, Williams would lead Aberdeen to a come-from-behind victory.
On the year, the young outfielder out of Arizona is batting .370 with nine RBIs. Showing some speed, Williams has swiped three bases on the young season, making his .500 OBP intriguing.
Connor Norby put in a strong week, collecting five hits, including his first home run of the year. He also collected six walks, helping improve his season OBP to .410
In Tuesdays 7-6 victory, Norby would go 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base, scoring a run and collecting an RBI from the leadoff spot.
On the season, Norby is hitting .313, walking six times and only striking out six times. The former second-round pick also has not committed an error in 65 innings between second base and shortstop.
Coby Mayo picked up five hits for the week, as well as three RBIs. In Wednesday’s 7-5 loss, Mayo would collect a triple, knocking in a run and scoring twice. On the day, he would reach base three times, picking up a walk in the game as well.
On the young season, Mayo now has five RBIs and seven hits in nine games, while collecting four walks along the way.
Carlos Tavera started two games for the IronBirds this week. On the mound for the opener in one game, Tavera would pitch a combined six innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out nine.
In Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Blue Rocks, Tavera would last four innings, allowing no runs on three hits, while mowing down five batters on just 59 pitches. Of Tavera’s 59 pitches Sunday, only 18 went for balls, as the young righty would display a keen sense of control from the mound.
Gregori Vasquez of the Dominican Republic made his professional debut for the IronBirds this week. He would pitch in two games, but, arguably, his best showing would be in a 13-3 loss to Wilmington.
In that game, he would pitch 2.1 innings, being the only pitcher not to allow any runs. He would throw 40 pitches, 30 going for strikes, striking out one and walking none to help limit the damage.
The IronBirds are off Monday but will travel to play the Greensboro Grasshoppers, who are 4-5 on the year, beginning Tuesday.
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