What a summer it has been! We are down to the final week of the 2016 WMBL regular season. For the first time in weeks Medicine Hat does not sit atop the West Division. Okotoks run of great baseball combined with a bit of a slide from the Mavs has put the Dawgs 1.5 games clear with 5 games still to play. Yorkton is still the hottest team in the league, and have moved past Regina into second place in the East Division. It will certainly be fun to see how this final week plays out!
The race for the top individual statistics in the league is really exciting! A strong week from Edmonton’s Cory Scammell has propelled him into the top spot in batting average in the league. Scammell is hitting at a .415 clip and leads the Swift Current duo of Liam Goodall and Alec Humphreys who sit at .410 and .407 respectively. Mitch McGeein saw his average drop to .393 this week after leading for most of the summer. McGeein has closed in on Medicine Hat’s Alex Alders after his 11th homerun of the season last night. McGeein has a homerun in a suspended game against Brooks that will be played this evening. Alders still has the most RBI’s with 54, followed by Liam Goodall (42) and McGeein (38). Anything can happen over the final week as these fine young players look to stay hot heading into the playoffs.
On the other side of the ball Swift Current’s Bobby St. Pierre and Medicine Hat’s Jared Libke picked up their 7th wins on the year this past week. Libke also leads the league in strikeouts with 65. Just behind Libke is Yorkton’s Kody Rock with 58 strikeouts. Rock also still holds a solid advantage in ERA at 1.92. Next closest are CJ Lewington from the Okotoks Dawgs at 2.36 and St. Pierre at 2.39.
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.
Player of the Week – Kellen Marrufo – Okotoks Dawgs – 1B
Kellen Marruffo has been a rock in the middle of the Okotoks Dawgs lineup this season. Last week was no exception. The Vali, Arizona native was just about impossible to get out last week leading the Dawgs to a 5-1 week. Take a look at Marruffo’s incredible stat line from this past week: .640 (16-25), 9 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K, 1 SB, .679 OBP, 1.000 SLUG, 1.679 OPS. This is the second time Marruffo has been named as one of the top performers of the week. His week included 5 multi-hit games. He had a 4-5 game against Fort McMurray and a 4-4 game with 3 runs, 2 2B a HR and 3 RBI against Edmonton. Okotoks has now moved into the top spot in the West and Marruffo is a big reason for that. Congratulations Kellen Marruffo on being named WMBL Player of the Week.
Pitcher of the Week – Scott Doucet– Weyburn Beavers –LHP
Scott Doucet a Sophomore out of Douglas College pitched the Beavers to a much needed win over the Swift Current Indians on July 19th. The White Rock, BC native threw 7 scoreless innings, surrendering 7 hits, walking none and striking out 3 Indian hitters. The Beavers bullpen completed the shutout throwing up zeros in the 8th and 9th to pick up a 3-0 win. For the season Doucet has thrown 29.2 innings with a 2-2 record and a 5.15 ERA. Congratulations to Scott Doucet on being named the WMBL Pitcher of the Week.