Evansville has swept the Frontier League weekly awards for the week ending July 27 as 1B Nik Balog and Trevor Walch 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. This marks the fourth time that both awards have gone to the same team. Since the All-Star Break, the Otters hot play has helped them to move into a tie for first place entering their July 28 doubleheader against the Washington Wild Things.
Balog, a native of Los Gatos, California, went 15 for 32 this week, good for a .469 batting average. He hit a pair of doubles and a pair of home runs, driving in 5. A former Baltimore farmhand, Balog is in his first Frontier League season. The University of San Francisco alum was a 2014 All-Star for the East and has hit .316 on the season.
Walch’s hot week closes out an incredible month for the right hander from Eufaula, Oklahoma. He has won his past 3 starts and has not allowed an earned run since July 4, a streak of 27 2/3 innings. Over the past week, the Northeastern State product pitched 15 innings, allowing no earned runs and just 7 hits while striking out 13 to drop his season ERA to 1.80 and his WHIP to .980. Walch has climbed to second in the Frontier League in ERA and leads the league in batting average against. Walch is in his second professional season, both with the Otters.
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.