Vote for March POTM

March was a busy month for the Maui Adult Baseball League, with 19 games scattered over 5 Sundays and 6 weeknight dates. The Kihei Centipedes and La Perouse Pirates became the first two teams to clinch playoff spots, though the Upcountry Dirtbags and Kaanapali Coast Monarchs are still within striking distance of grabbing one of the top two playoff seeds and a 1st round bye. Each team appears to be hitting their stride as we head into the final three weeks of the regular season, setting up what promises to be a fantastic finish to the regular season with a thrilling several weeks of playoffs to follow.

Several players who have helped lead the charge for their respective teams are recognized below as MABL Player of the Month nominees. The Player of the Month for March 2024 is presented by Upcountry Mechanics. One satisfied customer recently exclaimed:

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The candidates listed were selected based on their performances during the month of March, with no more than one candidate per team. Voting is open to players, fans, and family, and is limited to 1 vote per individual.

Ian Josh is having a historically outstanding season on the mound for the Centipedes. The reigning MABL Cy Young award winner is currently in the top five all-time for single season ERA, opponents batting average, and WHIP. Much of that is due to the three complete games Josh threw during the month of March. Over 27.0 innings the hard-throwing right-hander struck out 38 batters (12.69 K/9) while holding opponents to a .120 average and a 0.48 WHIP. On March 31, Josh took a perfect game into the 7th inning and finished the day allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk over 10 scoreless innings.

The Dirtbags’ Frank Lettieri just hits. Threatening to win his fourth straight batting title this season, Lettieri led the league in runs (9), hits (9), stolen bases (7), total bases (10), batting average (.563), on-base percentage (.611), slugging percentage (.625), OPS (1.236), and probably everything else you can imagine that indicates proficiency at the plate. Frank ended the month with 99 career hits; he has 5 (now 4…) games left to become the fastest player to 100 hits in the history of the MABL.

Andy Michaels demonstrated just how much he means to the West Maui Brewers by making his first start since November and holding the league’s top offense scoreless through 9 innings on the other side of the March 31 pitchers duel for the ages. Over two March appearances, Michaels allowed no runs over 11.0 innings, striking out 10 and holding opponents to a league-best .108 average. His 0.55 WHIP and 1.80 BB/9 rate were 2nd and 3rd respectively among qualified pitchers in March.

Dylan Rother hit .417 (5 for 12) for the Nahiku Gorillas last month and was one of only four players in the league with an OPS over 1.000. Rother’s 6 RBIs was 2nd best in the league over than span, despite the Gorillas playing only 3 March games. On March 24, Rother went 2 for 4 with a walk, double, 4 runs, and 3 RBIs to lead his squad to their first win of the season.

The Pirates’ Elias Steadman is heating up down the stretch with hits in 5 straight games to end the month. Steadman hit .409 (9 for 22) during March, stealing 5 bases, scoring 8 runs, and driving in a league-best 7 RBIs. The reigning MABL HR Derby champion helped his squad clinch a playoff spot as they currently sit in the top seed with a 7-2 record with 3 games left to play.

Check out the stats page for complete hitting and pitching stats for every player in the league, and cast your vote below for the MABL Player of the Month for March 2024. The poll will remain open through April 11.

Vote for the MABL Player of the Month

  • Frank Lettieri (40%, 39 Votes)
  • Ian Josh (24%, 24 Votes)
  • Andy Michaels (16%, 16 Votes)
  • Elias Steadman (11%, 11 Votes)
  • Dylan Rother (8%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 98

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