FLORENCE’S BISHOP, WINDY CITY’S FISHER NAMED FRONTIER LEAGUE WEEK 1 AWARD WINNERS

Florence Freedom Outfielder Cody Bishop and Windy City ThunderBolts Pitcher Jake Fisher have been named the Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation

Bishop, in his first season in the Frontier League as a member of the Florence Freedom, recorded at least one hit in each game of his team’s three-game sweep of the Joliet Slammers to open the 2015 season. On Friday, Bishop went 3-4 with a home run, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored in Florence’s 6-5 victory. He then followed that performance with a 2-3 night on Saturday hitting his second home run of the season while scoring 2 runs and driving in 1 in a 10-4 rout of Joliet to complete the sweep. Before joining the coming to the Frontier League, Bishop spent time in the Pecos League, the United League, and the American Association. Originally from Mount Pleasant, TX, the 24 year old played collegiately at North Central Texas College, a community college in Gainesville, Texas.

Fisher began his 2015 campaign Friday with a complete game shutout of the visiting Frontier Greys in a 4-0 Windy City win. He earned his first win of the season, facing only 30 batters, holding the Greys to just 3 hits while striking out 7 and walking 1. A former Oklahoma Sooner, Fisher is in his 3rd season in professional baseball and his 2nd in the Frontier League. He went 5-10 with a 5.30 ERA in 19 starts in 2014 for Windy City. The 24- year old left-hander was originally selected in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and spent the 2013 season playing for their rookie-league affiliate in the Pioneer 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 23rd season in 2015 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 27 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.