St. Louis, Mo. - The American Midwest Conference (AMC) is entering its second week of baseball awards, and this week's winners follow an impressive week with two outstanding performances of their own.
Braxton Rhodes (SO/Fayette, Ala.) of Williams Baptist College took the mound on Saturday, February 20, for the Eagle's last game in their series against Central Methodist University.
Down in the series 2-1, Rhodes was handed the ball in hopes of carrying his team to a split weekend. What head coach Frank Lee got was more than he had hoped for.
Rhodes would throw seven innings of two-hit baseball, striking out seven and walking only one. The sophomore from Fayette, Ala., only allowed one earned run and took home the win in his third start of the season.
Earlier this year, Rhodes began his pitching stats off with a seven inning shutout against Ottawa. He then had a struggle against Georgia Gwinnett when he suffered his first loss.
Rhodes is now 2-1 on the season with a 2.29 ERA, after coming off a 4-5 season in his freshman year.
With the win, Rhodes takes home his first AMC Pitcher of the Week award.
Shayne Kirkwood and the Park Pirates are hot. After starting out 1-3, the Pirates have won six straight and now sit at 7-3 on the season.
Kirkwood came on late, but had a phenomenal week against Wiley and Jarvis Christian during Park's road trip to Texas.
In their first game, Kirkwood went 3-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Park's 7-4 win over Wiley.
He would then follow that performance up with a 2-4 afternoon in Park's 5-2 win over Jarvis Christian. He ended his week by going 3-4 against Jarvis Christian with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
On the week, Kirkwood batted .727 and slugged .909 with two RBIs, four runs scored and one swiped bag. On the season, the Pirate infielder is batting .545 and slugging .682.
The season is young, but Kirkwood seems to have found his groove and takes him his first AMC Player of the Week award.
- Tim Hergert, MBU - 5-10(.500), 5 R, 1 2B, 3 SB in 3-game series vs #RV William Carey
- Ethan Ruff, LU-B - 6-14(.429), 4 R, 4 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB in 4-game series vs #RV Judson
- Tyler Townsend, Park - W, 6 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 0 BB
Release is Courtesy of the American Midwest Conference