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Pioneer League Players of the Week (July 2nd - July 8th)

Posted by Albert Lea Lakers on Jul 10 2018 at 01:40PM PDT

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).

Don’t miss any of the action! Follow the Pioneer League on Twitter – @Pioneer_Ball.

Article written by Steve Carlson, Simpson College (IA)

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