08/03/2015 8:28 AM
Infielder Griffin Andreychuk of Victoria
Kyle Molnar of the Walla Walla Sweets tossed the 8th no-hitter in WCL history on Monday, July 27th vs. Kitsap at Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Molnar walked three and struck out 8 in the Sweets' 2-0 win. Kyle's gem earned the frosh-to-be at UCLA a share of the league's Player of the Week honor for July 27-August 2 with Victoria infielder Griffin Andreychuk of Seattle University who went 12-for-22 with 3 home runs, 13 runs scored and 12 RBIs for the surging HarbourCats.
Molnar, a senior this past spring at Aliso Niguel High School in California, has made 4 appearances and 3 starts this summer for the Sweets, and is 1-0 with a 2.94 ERA over 18.1 innings pitched. He was selected in the 25th round of the 2015 MLB June draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Andreychuk, a rising junior at Seattle, is hitting .388 with 4 HR and 22 RBIs for Victoria (25-22). He helped lead the HarbourCats to a 5-1 week and positioned them for a run at the WCL wild card spot. Victoria and Yakima Valley (26-22) open a key three-game series tonight at Royal Athletic Park.
This past spring, Andreychuk put up impressive numbers for the Redhawks as a sophomore batting .306 with 11 doubles, 4 homers and 42 RBIs.
Several other WCLers had big weeks including Bellingham outfielder Aaron Stroosma of Liberty who stole 7 bases this past week breaking the single-season WCL stolen bases mark on Friday, July 31 vs. Kelowna. He currently holds the record with 32 steals.
Wenatchee's Nick Nyquist of Gonzaga and Keston Hiura of UC Irvine torched WCL pitching with Nyquist going 14-for-25 with 8 RBIs and Hiura 11-for-26 with 6 doubles, a homer and 9 RBIs.
Pitchers also excelled with the Yakima Valley Pippins getting key starts from WCL All-Star southpaw Darrion Simons of Yakima Valley CC and Cal Poly right-hander Andrew Bernstein. Simons made two starts and only allowed one earned run over 13.2 innings while registering a win at Cowlitz where he threw eight scoreless innings of one-hit baseball; and Bernstein earned a key 2-0 home win over Medford as the rising sophomore tossed 8 innings of goose eggs.
Klamath Falls lefty Jordan Horak of University of Portland hurled 7 shutout innings vs. Corvallis at Goss Stadium on Wednesday, July 29 to earn the 5-0 win for the Gems. For the week the sophomore-to-be made two appearances and tossed 8.1 innings of scoreless ball while striking out 8.