Eric Mason, behind clutch hitting and superior defensive play has earned the first Turks Player of the Week honor of the season. Mason, who just finished his junior year at St. Josephs College, started behind the plate at catcher in each of the first eight games of the season. Mason hit .213 last season for the Turks with 8 RBI. After knocking in only 1 RBI in the first 4 games, Mason caught fire on the road, scoring 8 RBI in 4 games. His hitting also came in the face of pressure as he shook off an 0-4 start to get a game winning 2-run double at Covington to push the score to a 6-4 decision. The very next night Mason was locked in at the plate, going 2-5 with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI. Mason is now tied for 2nd in the valley league for league leaders in homeruns and tied for 3rd with 9 RBI on the season.
Hitting aside, Mason has displayed impressive skills behind the plate at catcher and is first in the league with a 1.000 fielding percentage. He also has 10 assists and 4 runners caught stealing. Mason has shown this week that he has come to the Turks to succeed and his numbers are only supplementary to his presence and attitude in the dugout.