WACHUSETT, Massachusetts – Quinnipiac baseball infielder Ben Gibson (Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts) received recognition by the Adam Keenan Foundation and the Future's Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) as a finalist of the Adam Keenan Sportsmanship and Scholarship Award on Sunday afternoon at the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs final game of the 2015 regular season.
"Being recognized by the Adam Keenan Foundation is a great honor that I am very proud to have," Gibson said. "I have to thank my family, and all of my previous and current coaches for rasing me right and teaching me to play the game of baseball with a lot of heart. Having respect for the game and everyone around it is important to me. Also, playing the game the right way and not taking it for granted are qualities that I could not play without. Thank you to the Keenan family and the FCBL for the award, and I would like to thank the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs for a great summer filled with great memories."
The FCBL's website states about the Adam Keenan Sportsmanship and Scholarship Award: "This award is bestowed upon the player who exemplifies the outstanding attitude, character, and sportsmanship that is synonymous with Adam Keenan's legacy."
The award is in memory of Adam Keenan who was a member of the Seacoast Mavericks of the FCBL before he passed away suddenly on June 6th, 2011 due to an undiagnosed, rare heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Keenan played his freshman baseball season at Franklin Pierce University before transferring to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
"It is great to see the hard work our players put in, like Ben did, and get recognized by the Adam Keenan Foundation," Quinnipiac baseball head coach John Delaney said. "That's an impressive honor for Ben."
The winner of the 2015 Adam Keenan Sportsmanship and Scholarship Award was the Worcester Bravehearts catcher TJ Riccio of the University of New Haven.
This summer for the Dirt Dawgs, Gibson batted .205 with a .327 on base percentage in 29 games. He tallied 17 hits, one double, scored 12 runs, drove in six RBI and walked eight times with seven hit by pitches.
The Dirt Dawgs finished the 2015 regular season with a 22-30 record, narrowly missing the FCBL Playoffs by 1.5 games.
With the Bobcats in the 2015 season, Gibson put up a strong freshman campaign with a .262 batting average, .350 on base percentage and .451 slugging percentage. He played in 42 games for the Bobcats, ripping eight doubles, five home runs, scoring 16 runs, driving in 21 RBIs, and walking 12 times.
Previous Award Winners
|Year||Name||FCBL Team||College Team|
|2011||Tommy Chase||Seacoast Mavericks||Notre Dame|
|2012||Andrew Harris||North Shore Navigators||Vanderbilt|
|2013||Skip Flanagan||Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide||RIT|
|2014||Zach Short||Brockton Rox||Sacred Heart|
|2015||TJ Riccio||Worcester Bravehearts||New Haven|
Photo courtesy of the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs/@Dawg_Pen