08/11/2014 10:18 AM
Hunter Mercado-Hood of San Diego Toreros
Victoria HarbourCats outfielder Hunter Mercado-Hood of University of San Diego finished the WCL regular season on fire, collecting 14 hits over 23 at bats while posting a .679 on base percentage for the week of August 4-10. Mercado-Hood also knocked in 7 runs. Hunter wrapped the season hitting .385, second only to WCL batting champion Steven Packard of Klamath Falls at .394. He also finished second in the league in RBI with 46.
The league's RBI and home run leader, Vince Fernandez of Yakima Valley, also had a big week going 10-for-21 with 3 homers and 9 RBIs. One of his blasts was a game-winning grand slam last night at Wenatchee. The sophomore-to-be at UC Riverside hit .359 for the summer, fifth best in the league. Vince's 10 home runs and 51 RBIs are new WCL single-season records.
Other WCLers worthy of Player of the Week consideration were future Gonzaga Bulldog Tyler Frost of Wenathcee and pitchers Andrew Woods of Yakima Valley, Seth Martinez of Bellingham and Kevin Sheets of Bend.
Frost, a two-way player, went 12-for-24 with 13 runs scored, a homer and 3 RBIs. Tyler finished the season hitting .373, third best in the WCL.
Woods of VMI tossed eight scoreless innings earning a 2-0 home win vs. Cowlitz. Andrew allowed only three hits while striking out 6. Martinez twirled 7 scoreless innings to earn a 5-1 road win at Cowlitz. The Arizona State right-hander allowed only three hits while striking out 7. Sheets of Abilene Christian pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless relief over two appearances, earned a win and allowed only one hit while striking out 6.
Andrew Woods finished the season tied for the most strikeouts in the WCL with 58. He went 5-3 with a 2.37 ERA over 12 appearances and 11 starts. Martinez nailed down the league's ERA title (2.07) and concluded his fine summer undefeated (6-0) over 9 starts. Sheets was one the league's top stoppers as the right-hander registered 9 saves, went 2-1 and struck out 41 over 34.1 innings pitched while walking only 3.