I think it is safe to say we have officially hit the home stretch of the 2016 WMBL regular season. We are just less than two weeks away from wrapping up another season, and heading into the 2016 Playoffs. Swift Current and Medicine Hat still sit atop their divisions, but there are plenty of exciting story lines that could play out down the stretch run. More on that in this week's, Weekly Roundup.
Last week we looked at some of the triple crown category leaders in the WMBL. Mitch McGeein from the Lethbridge Bulls continues to lead the league in batting average at .425, but there are a few players hot on his heals. Alec Humphreys from Swift Current (.408) and Cory Scammell out of Edmonton (.403) both hold averages north of the magical .400 mark. Alex Alders from Medicine Hat still holds firm leads in both homeruns and RBI's with 11 and 52 respectively. It will take a hot home stretch for anyone to catch the Maverick outfielder in either category.
The pitching triple crown categories are quite interesting as well. Kody Rock still leads the league in ERA at 1.77. Rock picked up his 5th win of the year in Okotoks on July 16th throwing 5 innings of 3 run ball. Rock slipped to 2nd in strikeouts behind Medicine Hat's Jared Libke. Libke has 6 wins and 55 strikeouts on the year. Libke's 6 wins are tied with another WMBL standout Bobby St. Pierre for tops in the league. Read about the gem St. Pierre threw this week below.
As previously stated there will be one winner of player of the week. That player will be recognized on the main page of the website. If the player of the week is a hitter, a pitcher of the week is awarded, and if the player of the week is a pitcher, a hitter of the week will be awarded. The cutoff for games will be on Sunday. A new week will start every Monday.
Week # 7 (July 11 - July 17th)
Player of the Week – Bobby St. Pierre – Swift Current Indians – RHP
What a week for Swift Current's Bobby St. Pierre. The Windsor, Ontario native took the mound on July 13th at Moose Jaw and led the Indians to a 7-0 win over the Miller Express. St. Pierre tossed a 1-hit shutout to add to his already incredible season. His line looked like this: W, 9.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 10 SO, 30 BF. The junior out of NAIA Madonna University was a very effective closer all season at school. St. Pierre was 1-0, 1.31 ERA, 22 App, 13 SV, 23 SO. Pretty impressive numbers to say the least. This summer has been even better as a starter. St. Pierre is now 6-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 8 starts for the Indians. He has thrown 53.2 innings with 35 SO and a 1.04 WHIP. It is easy to see that St. Pierre has been a huge reason why the Indians sit atop the East division with a record of 28-11. Congratulations to Bobby St. Pierre for being named WMBL Player of the Week.
Hitter of the Week – Alex Schultz – Swift Current Indians – OF/P
It was a very good week for the Swift Current Indians in the WMBL. The Indians sweep the player of the week awards, and take three of the last four winners over the past two weeks. Alex Schultz was a big reason the Indians finished 5-1 for the week, and now hold the top record in the WMBL, one win ahead of Medicine Hat. Schultz crushed the baseball all week including 10 RBI's and 2 HR's in a double header against the Regina Red Sox on Sunday. All told Schultz's week looked like this: .500 (9-18), 8 R, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, .609 OBP (14-23), 1.000 SLUG, 1.609 OPS. Schultz hails from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was a senior at the University of Nebraska - Omaha this past season. Congratulations to Alex Schultz on being named WMBL Hitter of the Week.