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Nine Lightning Players Earn All-FCSL Honors

Nine Lightning Players Earn All-FCSL Honors

SANFORD, FL.- The Florida Collegiate Summer League announced its 2021 All-Florida League Teams on August 14th. Four members of the Leesburg Lightning were named to the first team, and five members of the Lightning earned second team honors.

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Gerry Kelly Earns Cy Young Award

In baseball, the Cy Young Award is usually reserved for starting pitchers. For a reliever to win it, the hurler has to have put together numbers that are good enough to outweigh the difference in innings thrown. The numbers that Gerry Kelly (Undecided) put up in the 2021 campaign were so ridiculous that there was no surprise when the league announced on Wednesday that the southpaw had been named the 2021 Cy Young Award winner. Kelly is the first relief pitcher to earn the award since David Litchfield (UCF) did so for the Altamonte Springs Scorpions in 2017, and is the first ever Lightning pitcher to earn the award.

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Gerry Kelly Earns Cy Young Award

Zach Henderson Named Reliever of the Year

As the season progressed, a clean inning by Zach Henderson (Valdosta State) became as certain as anything. Henderson was rewarded on Tuesday, when the Florida Collegiate Summer League officially announced that Henderson had been named the 2021 reliever of the year. Henderson is the first Leesburg pitcher to win the award since 2017, when Drew Peden (FAU) won the honor for the second year in a row.

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Zach Henderson Named Reliever of the Year

Rich Billings Named Manager of the Year

The Florida Collegiate Summer League officially announced on Monday night that Rich Billings had been earned Manager of the Year honors for the 2021 season. It's the first time that Billings earned the award.

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Rich Billings Named Manager of the Year

Leesburg Captures First Championship in 11 Years

LEESBURG, Fla- After winning two championships in their first three years, the Leesburg Lightning fell into some hard times in the postseason, losing five consecutive championships games/series. After forcing a game three on Saturday night, they claimed the third Whiting Cup in franchise history on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs 9-1 in just seven innings.

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Leesburg Captures First Championship in 11 Years

Schedule

Date Opponent
Date Opponent

Standings

Team W L PCT GB
Lightning 22 12 0.647 ---
River Rats 19 12 0.613 1.5
Diamond Dawgs 18 19 0.486 5.5
Squeeze 14 16 0.467 6
Suns 14 16 0.467 6
Snappers 9 21 0.300 11

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Batting Leaders

C Stearns
Name AVG
Stearns 0.344
Scott 0.333
Hill 0.280
Malloy 0.260
T Stapleton
Name HR
Stapleton 4
Scott 3
Stearns 3
Stubbs 3
R Scott
Name RBI
Scott 23
Stearns 20
Stubbs 17
Hill 16
C Malloy
Name SB
Malloy 17
Hill 15
Griffin 9
Hall 9

Pitching Leaders

C Bruns
Name ERA
Bruns 1.80
C Bruns
Name W
Bruns 3
Caba 3
Bradshaw 2
Kelley 2
D Madonna
Name K
Madonna 36
Kelly 34
Caba 29
Kelley 29
G Kelly
Name WHIP
Kelly 0.66
Henderson 0.70
Huter 1.04
Bradshaw 1.07