Release Courtesy of the American Midwest Conference
ST. LOUIS – The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced its first baseball Player of the Week awards on Monday afternoon, and the awards have gone to a Freed-Hardeman University Lion and a Williams Baptist College Eagle. Griffin Siebert of Freed-Hardeman was selected as the AMC Player of the Week, and Layne Ditto (SO/Walnut Ridge, Ark.) of Williams Baptist College claimed the honor as the AMC's Pitcher of the Week.
Ditto, a 5-10 sophomore from Walnut Ridge, Ark., took the ball for the Eagles on Opening Day, and he picked up the victory, giving Eagles' head coach Stephen Abanathy his first career victory. He yielded just a single hit and three walks, and he struck out four in tossing the 7-inning shutout.
Siebert, a 5-10 junior third baseman from Cape Girardeau, Mo., helped the Lions to a weekend series victory on the road at the NAIA #5 Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies. Siebert hit .538 (7-for-13) during the series, and he hit two doubles, scored two runs, and drove in a pair of tallies. Siebert also drew a walk and slugged .692.
Other Notable Performances:
Dylan Yankle – Harris-Stowe
Yankle had a massive weekend for the Hornets who split a four game set at Martin Methodist College. Yankle was 7-for-11 with a double, a homer, and seven RBIs. Yankle also walked three times, and from his defensive spot behind the plate, he threw out four RedHawk would-be base stealers.
Aaron Collazo – Missouri Baptist
Collazo picked up seven hits in 16 at bats for the Spartans over the weekend in Mississippi, as Missouri Baptist opened the season with a 3-1 mark. He had hits and RBIs in each of the Spartans games, including a double, two runs scored, and three RBIs in a 16-0 shellacking of #23 William Carey University to wrap up the weekend's play.
Marco Palacios (JR/Houston, Texas) – Williams Baptist
Palacios was only retired three times in 11 at bats during the Eagles' four-game split at Texas A&M-Texarkana. He had eight hits, a double, a run scored, and two RBIs as the Eagles opened the season 2-2.
Ethan Howser – Columbia
Howser hit .533 in the Cougars' first baseball action in 35 years at Bethel University (Tenn.). All eight of his hits were singles, but he scored twice and drove in three in the series.
Michael Syrett – Missouri Baptist
Syrett pitched a 6-inning complete game shutout in his first appearance as a Spartan, scattering five hits and fanning a pair of Crusaders as the Spartans trounced #23 William Carey 16-0.
Beau Caviness – Freed-Hardeman
Caviness had a pair of saves in the Lions' two victories over the NAIA #5 Grizzlies. He allowed a hit in the first game of the series, and he issued a free pass in the second, striking out one in each game.
The American Midwest Conference is a 13-school NAIA Division I conference with schools in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee. It was chartered in 1986 as the Show-Me Collegiate Conference becoming the American Midwest Conference in 1994. The Conference sponsors 16 championships, eight each for men and women - baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field, women's volleyball and men's wrestling.