Oneonta's Bianco named PGCBL Player of the Week


Oneonta's Ben Bianco was named the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's Player of the Week for July 21 to July 28.

The award marks the first time that an Outlaws player earned league recognition since 2017, when Jake Hershman earned Pitcher of the Week honors, according to the PGCBL. An Oneonta player last won Player of the Week in 2012 when outfielder Logan Brown was selected.

The league said in a press release that Bianco, a junior at Louisville, recorded more than one hit on four occasions and hit safely in all six of the games that he appeared as the Outlaws went 4-2.

A product of Oxford, Mississippi, Bianco's week included an 11-for-23 mark for a .478 batting average and a .536 on-base percentage. He notched a RBI in five of six games, and hit his first home run of the season on Wednesday in a loss to Glens Falls.

Bianco has reached base in 17 of his last 18 games and is hitting .271 on the season. His late-season surge has helped power Oneonta to a 10-11 record, with a tie that is not counted on the league website, in the month of July after a 7-16 record to open the season in June. The Outlaws have lost just three of their last 10, including Saturday's tie with Albany.

Oneonta (17-27) travels to Elmira for a doubleheader Tuesday before wrapping up the season on Wednesday at home against Mohawk Valley.