CORNBELTERS’ SCHWARTZ, MINERS’ LAVIGNE SELECTED AS WEEK TWO AWARDS WINNERS

Photo Credit Jonathan LeBlond (Lavigne), Lori Johnson (Schwartz)

Infielder Mike Schwartz of the Normal Cornbelters and Tyler Lavigne of the Southern Illinois Miners have been selected as the Frontier League Player of the Week and Pitcher of the week respectively, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

Schwartz, a Frontier League veteran, went off over the course of the week, going 13 for 25, drawing 3 walks and hitting 3 home runs while driving in 8 runs. Schwartz signed his first pro contract in 2010 after being selected in the 17th rounds by the Chicago White Sox out of the University of Tampa.

In his fifth season in the Frontier League, Lavigne has been virtually untouchable so far this season. In a two start week he went  2-0, allowing just eight hits in 13.1 innings and one unearned run while striking out 9. A former draft pick of the Cardinals out of San Diego State, Lavigne is in his first season with Southern Illinois.

Pointstreak provides the league with its statistical software and in game scoring applications. They aim to deliver “fast scores and cool stats to players, parents, fans, scouts and media.” For more information on Pointstreak products visit them at www.poinstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.

The Frontier League is entering its 22nd season in 2014 and features 14 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 25 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.