Pioneer League Players of the Week (June 18-24)
Position Player of the Week
Joey Ponder, Albert Lea
INF — Jr. — Waldorf University
Though the week was shortened by rain, the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League’s action wasn’t slowed on the field. The position player of the week honors go to Albert Lea Laker, Joey Ponder. Ponder (5’9/170), the Mission Viejo, California native saw his bat come to life, despite the rain doing its best to have no baseball all week.
In the only game of the week for the Lakers (12-2 overall, 11-2 PCBL), against Carroll at Hayek Field, Ponder posted a 4-4 line. He hit his second home run of the summer and also had a double. With the bat coming alive, he also drove in 5 runs for the Lakers in route to the 11-1 win over the Merchants (6-8); and helping the Lakers maintain the lead in the PCBL standings.
“Joey is a good player and put everything together (this week). He was on fire at the plate; and is always a good glove in the field,” said Laker head coach Michael Keeran. “He was clutch constantly throughout the game vs Carroll and I hope he carries this into the second half of the season. I’m very proud of this team right now.”
Although the Waldorf Warrior has seen his fair of struggles at the plate this summer, the head coach of the Lakers believes this is a turning point for Ponder. Coming into this week Ponder came in with 1 HR and 2 RBI.
Pitcher of the Week
Tanner Wauhob, Storm Lake
RHP — Jr. — Concordia University (NE)
This week’s pitcher of the week honors go to Storm Lake Whitecap, Tanner Wauhob. Wauhob (5’11), the Sioux City, Iowa, native threw a gem against the Merchants throwing a no hitter! The no hitter helped lead the Whitecaps (6-5) into second place in the PCBL, switching places with Carroll, after beating Carroll twice this rain shortened week.
The Concordia University (NE) Bulldog started four games for the Bulldogs this year, while appearing in three games out of the pen. He pitched 14.2 innings and striking out 8 batters.
The Whitecaps head into this week on a 4-game winning streak, second only to the Lakers 7-game win streak in the league.
Article written by Steve Carlson — Simpson College (IA)