07/16/2014 7:55 AM -
July 4-10 Pitcher of the Week - Chris Sievers from the Okotoks Dawgs
Chris Sievers comes to the Dawgs from Northeastern Junior College on Sterling, Colorado. Sievers just competed his sophomore year and will transfer to The University of Nebraska, Kearney this upcoming Fall. Sievers has been the Dawgs go to guy this year and showed why as he shut out the Edmonton Prospects in a complete game effort, giving up just two hits and striking out 11.
Chris has been vital to the Dawgs off- field work in Okotoks where he volunteers his time all over town. He is the first to give back to the community that gives so much to him.
July 4-10, 2014 Player of the Week - Austin Russell of the Moose Jaw Miller Express
Austin Russell is in his 3rd season patrolling the outfield with the Miller Express (2011, 2012, 2014) and has been an example leader on and off the field for each of those seasons. The Victoria, British Columbia product hit .500 (11-22) for the week of
July 4th - 10th. During the time frame he had a slugging % of .681 while driving in 6 runs, scoring 8 runs, stealing 2 bases, and adding his first home run of the season. He continues to be a catalyst atop the batting order for the Millers, while also providing outstanding defense in both corner outfield spots.
Austin is a senior at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, and this past spring graduated with a 3.4 GPA in Business Management. His 2014 baseball accolades included being a Honourable Mention All-Conference player as well as earning a KCAC Gold Glove outfield title for his defensive production. As mentioned, he's a major contributor to the identity of the Millers within the Moose Jaw community, regularly volunteering for public relations work around the city and is a member of the core-leadership group within the clubhouse. After his final WMBL season, Russell has already started to line up how he can give back to his hometown community, needing only to choose between coaching with his hometown Victoria Mariners of the BCPBL or the Victoria Harbour Cats of the West Coast League. The Millers wish him the beast of luck in any and all future endeavours.