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Position Player of the Week
Mitchell Keeran, Albert Lea
OF — Jr. — Waldorf University (IA)

The bat not only comes roaring alive this week for the position player of the week, Mitchell Keeran, but it becomes HOT! Keeran, who plays his college ball at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa, puts on a monster showing this week despite missing a game due to illness!

He his a staggering 8-12 (.667) on the week, while also drawing five walks and being hit by a pitch once. The week was highlighted by the THREE home runs he hit for the Lakers; his first home runs of the summer. The homers helped him drive in six runs. He also hit a double and stole a base. Opponents could not find a way to get him out this week as he also scored four runs for the Lakers.

“Mitch is a great ball player and got hot for us this week. He’s a big reason why we’ve had the offensive production we’ve had and he showed his power this week and didn’t miss his pitch,” said Lakers head coach Michael Keeran. “He’s a fun guy to coach because of his passion and heart for the game. I’m very proud of him and this team for the way they compete night in and night out.”

On the summer, Keeran has hit for an average of .354 with an excellent on-base percentage of .488! He has a continuously found a way on for the Lakers and is second on the team in runs scored at 19. A team player who finds any way on base to help Albert Lea score runs.

The Lakers are scheduled to play six league games this week. Wednesday at Hayek Field against Bancroft (6:35), Thursday at Hayek Field against Carroll (6:35), Friday at Storm Lake (7:05), Saturday double-header at Hayek Field (Game 1 at 4:05, Game 2 at approx 7:05), and Sunday at Ames (4:05).

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Pitcher of the Week
Cole Edgens, Albert Lea
RHP — Sr. — William Carey University (MS)

The Pitcher Player of the Week goes to Laker, Cole Edgens, after a stellar complete game shutout against Bancroft earlier in the week. Edgens, who played his college ball for the Crusaders of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, threw a lights out game that was two hits away from a no hitter.

In his start this week against the Bandits, Edgens threw the full nine innings only giving up two hits while striking out NINE Bancroft hitters! Only surrendering 2 walks and his defense making plays behind him helped him drop his ERA from 1.01 to 0.79 and picking up his 5th win of the summer.

“I think Cole is one of the most quiet yet determined competitors I’ve ever met. He throws all of his pitches for strikes and is in the zone,” said Lakers head coach Michael Keeran. “He outworks everyone and that’s why he’s so good. He’s an amazing young man and has been a privilege to coach.”

Edgens has been a solid starter for Albert Lea this summer. In his five starts, he is 5-0 with an ERA under one of 0.79! In 35.2 innings pitched this summer, he has only surrendered 3 earned runs on a mere 23 hits [.65 hits per inning pitched]! Hitters have had a hard time figuring his stuff out as he is third on the Lakers pitching staff in strikeouts sitting at 33, while only walking a total of 6 batters [5.5:1 K/BB ratio].

The Lakers are scheduled to play six league games this week. Wednesday at Hayek Field against Bancroft (6:35), Thursday at Hayek Field against Carroll (6:35), Friday at Storm Lake (7:05), Saturday double-header at Hayek Field (Game 1 at 4:05, Game 2 at approx 7:05), and Sunday at Ames (4:05).

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Article written by Steve Carlson, Simpson College (IA)

Position Player of the Week
Thomas Kempf, Bancroft
1B — Jr. — University of Dubuque

For the first time this summer, the Bancroft Bandits have a Player of the Week winner! University of Dubuque’s Thomas Kempf was named Position Player of the Week! On the week, Kempf went 4-11 (.364) with a home run while driving in four runs. He also crossed the plate three times himself.

“He is a great kid, works hard and every at-bat he grinds and goes to the plate with a purpose,” Bandits head coach Dave Walsh says. “When he is hitting, the whole team hits around him!”

Kempf helped lead the Spartans of Dubuque (26-17) to Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) regular season title, conference tournament title, and winning a game in the regional round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Kempf hit a solid .345 on the year and driving in 32 runs for the Spartans.

This upcoming week has the Bandits (4-12) and the Lakers (14-2) squaring off twice. July 4th in Bancroft (6:35 first pitch) and July 5th in Albert Lea (6:35 first pitch).

Pitcher of the Week
Cesar Capellan, Albert Lea
RHP — Jr. — Eastern New Mexico

For the third consecutive week the Lakers have Player of the Week honors, but the first pitcher to be named Pitcher of the Week. The Eastern New Mexico University right-hander, Cesar Capellan, was named Pitcher of the Week as voted on by the League’s coaching staffs after dominating in his start this past week. Capellan (6’4), is a native of Bonoa, Dominican Republic.

During his start this week, Capellan went a solid 6.0 innings and picked up the win for the Lakers; helping Albert Lea to extend their win streak into double digits. In his six innings of work, he punched out nine hitters while only surrendering four hits and two runs!

“Cesar has done a great job for us and is a shut down power arm. He’s a professional baseball type arm with a good fastball and good breaker,” says Lakers head coach Michael Keeran. “If he can be more consistent from inning to inning he could do some pretty special things!”

On the summer, Capellan has been a real reliable guy on the mound for the Lakers. He has started four games and has a record of 3-0 with an ERA of 2.49. A strikeout to walk ratio of 2.4:1 (26 Ks and 11 BBs).

This upcoming week has the Lakers (14-2) and the Bandits (4-12) squaring off twice. July 4th in Bancroft (6:35 first pitch) and July 5th in Albert Lea (6:35 first pitch).

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Article written by Steve Carlson, Simpson College (IA).

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The Albert Lea Lakers sign Liam Spence from Central Arizona College! Liam is a 6’2 175 Lb, freshman IF from Geelong, Australia. Liam is currently hitting an impressive .392 with 2 HRs, 6 2B’s, and 2 3B’s. He is the starting 2B for Central Arizona. Liam’s brother Josh Spence, pitched in the Major Leagues for the San Diego Padres for 2 seasons.
“Liam is a great pick-up and a complete steal this close to summer season. I am very fortunate Coach Perez from Central Arizona helped us out. I think Liam is going to have a great summer for us, he’s used to swinging wood. In Australia, and in Central Arizona’s conference, wood bats are regularly swung. He’s a great middle infielder with good hands, and has a lot of speed on the bases. He’s got good pop in his bat and hits for average very well. I’m excited to have him. He’s going to be a spark plug for us in the top of the order. He has a bright future in the game of baseball, and I am excited to have him!” – Coach Keeran

Come watch Liam this summer at Hayek Field! Welcome to the #LakeShow Liam!

Australian RHP signs with Albert Lea

Posted by Albert Lea Lakers at Mar 3, 2018 10:33AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Australian RHP Mackenzie Pearson signs with the Albert Lea Lakers! The sophomore from Gold Coast, Australia is currently the game one pitcher for the Waldorf University Warriors. Pearson had a notable start against Peru State going 5 innings striking out 7 while only giving up 2 runs. The 6’0 175 lb Pearson is expected to make an impact for Waldorf this season.
“Mac is a guy who’s had a little bit of an up and down season so far for Waldorf, but I think he’s going to be someone who improves with game experience. He’s going to get a lot of experience being in Waldorf’s rotation. I think he has a bright future for Waldorf and will be a key component of their success. I am happy to have him play for us this summer, and I think he’ll be a guy who can give us some depth. We’ve got a lot of talented pitchers so I don’t know yet if he will be in our rotation or bullpen, but either way he will help us win ball games. Tautges, Schuermann, and Hughes are all really good coaches at Waldorf so I am sure Mac will be ready to go against some of the best by summer.” – Coach Keeran
Pearson will join current Waldorf teammates Mitchell Keeran, and Joey Ponder in Albert Lea this summer.
Everyone welcome Mackenzie Pearson to the #LakeShow!

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Albert Lea Lakers sign stand-out catcher Easton Kirk. Kirk is a 6 foot, 210 pound freshman at Wallace State CC. Kirk currently leads the Lions in a variety of offensive categories including HR’s with 6 so far in 14 games. Kirk also has over 20 RBI’s and is hitting close to .500. Kirk won the 2016-17 Power Showcase HR derby, a nationwide HR derby. Wallace State is one of the best JUCO baseball teams in the country and are currently 12-1-1. Easton also was an All-State player at Piedmont High School in Alabama.
“Easton is a great sign and is one of the guys I am really excited about. He’s an unreal talent with a lot of potential. He will be an everyday guy in our line-up in the 3 or 4 hole. He can play a lot of different positions, so that will make it easy on me to keep his bat in the line-up every day. He’s a very athletic catcher and knows the game extremely well. Everything I have seen, heard, and read about him makes me excited to watch him play and coach him. It’s going to be a lot of fun throwing BP to these guys this summer and watching the balls fly out of the park every day. Easton is one of those guys who has plus power and bat control. I think he will be playing professional baseball in years to come.” – Coach Keeran

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