Player of the Week

Sam Hellinger, Bells

Gresham star Mark Cardinalli of UC Davis
08/01/2016 2:04 PM -

The West Coast League Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league president Donnie Marbut, are UC Davis junior outfielder Mark Cardinalli of the Gresham GreyWolves and Gonzaga junior pitcher Sam Hellinger of the Bellingham Bells for the week of July 25-31.

Cardinalli led the surging GreyWolves, extending his hit streak to 12 games as he went 9-for-18 and posted a .550 on base percentage. The senior-to-be also banged out four extra base hits; a double, triple and two homers; scored three runs; and recorded 9 RBIs.

Gresham is a half-game back of first-place Yakima Valley in the South after taking the first two games of their road series at Bend. The GreyWolves look to sweep the Elks at Vince Genna Stadium this evening.

At UC Davis this past spring, Cardinalli led the Aggies in batting with a .333 average. For the summer, Cardinalli's hitting .316 - fifth best in the league - and he's homered twice and collected 20 RBIs.

This past week, Hellinger made three relief appearances, saving two games and winning one. The senior-to-be right-hander registered a save and win vs. Victoria, and earned a save at Cowlitz. In total, he threw 3.1 innings; allowing no runs. Sam has posted the Bells lowest ERA at 0.37 (24 IP) and is tied for Bellingham's lead in appearances with 18. He is second in the West Coast League in saves with 9 and first in WCL Relief Pitcher Points with 29.

For Gonzaga, Sam led the Bulldogs in appearances with 26. Over 42 innings pitched, he went 3-1 with two saves and posted a 5.36 ERA.

His efforts as the Bells closer helped Bellingham propel to the top spot in the WCL North - tield for first place with Victoria at 12-9.

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