Pilgrim grad Stenhouse shines in summer
In the spring, Kevin Stenhouse batted .303 for the University of Rhode Island baseball Rams. The Warwick resident and former Pilgrim star was then recruited to play for the Seacoast Mavericks of the Futures Summer Collegiate Baseball League.
And summer was even better than spring.
Stenhouse slugged his way to an FCBL record-setting .393 batting average. The first baseman/outfielder ripped 64 hits in 163 trips to the plate and brought home the league’s batting championship trophy. His average was 37 points better than runner-up Sean Ryan of the Brockton Rox.
Stenhouse also slugged five home runs during 53 FCBL games. His sparkling stats also included an FCBL leading .495 on-base percentage, 40 runs scored, 32 walks, 13 doubles and a slugging percentage of .564. He stole 10 bases in 12 tries.
But the batting crown was only the beginning for the 6-3, 195-pounder who will enter his senior season at URI next month.
“Because of his outstanding play, Kevin Stenhouse was named our 2012 Most Valuable Player,” said Futures League commissioner Chris Hall. “Kevin was also the recipient of the Adam Keenan Sportsmanship and Scholarship Award.”
Keenan played for the Mavericks last summer and died suddenly. Team officials created the sportsmanship and scholarship in his memory.
“I was completely surprised with that award,” Stenhouse said of the Keenan honor. “I had no idea that I was getting it. It’s named after a player who passed away because of an undiagnosed heart disease. I definitely understand what it means to receive an award like this.”
Added Hall: “Kevin was a true MVP. He’s an offensive powerhouse. He’s just like an old-time ballplayer; he plays hard. Kevin is a fun kid to watch because he enjoys playing the game. He’s just one of those kids who plays hard all the time.”
In addition to his success on the field, Stenhouse led a number of Seacoast Mavericks to the St. Charles Children’s Home, an orphanage serving children ages 3-12 who come from families in crisis.
“Kevin made it a point to immerse himself in the Rochester (N.H.) community,” Hall said. “He ran a 5K with his teammates. He attended a benefit golf tournament and served as an instructor at several camps and clinics. And all of that adds up to a real Most Valuable Player.”