NORMAL’S JUDAH; WASHINGTON’S MARKS NAMED WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS

Photo Courtesy of Brian Hymer

Sam Judah of the Normal CornBelters and Troy Marks of the Washington Wild Things 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.

Judah went 15-32 this week with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI. The Auburn University at Montgomery alum has played well all season for the ‘Belters, leading the league in RBI (59) and ranking in the top 10 in average (.327) and top 15 in home runs (11). This marks the third player of the week honor for the 2014 Frontier League all-star. In his fourth professional season, Judah, a native of Ozark, Alabama, is playing for Normal and in the Frontier League for the second time, after spending the 2012 season with the ‘Belters as well.

Marks signed with the Wild Things on July 23 and his impact has been immediate. Over the past week, he went 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA over 14.1 innings, allowing just 5 hits between the two starts. Between the two starts Marks allowed just 1 earned run. Marks retired 20 via the strikeout over the course of the two starts. Overall, the Nevada alum has a 3-0 record with a 0.91 ERA in 3 starts since joining the Wild Things. This is surprisingly the first weekly award for the Wild Things, who currently have the best record in the Frontier League.

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 26 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.