River City Rascals outfielder Curran Redal and Florence Freedom starting pitcher Jeremy Gooding have been selected as 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.
The River City outfielder is coming off a week in which he carried a 3 game hitting streak into the Frontier League All Star break, where he was selected as one of 3 starting outfielders for the West Division. He then continued his hot streak in the game itself, going 2-3 with a double, run scored, and RBI in the West Division’s 4-2 win over the East. Over the weekend, Redal kept his torrid pace over the Rockford Aviators during a 4-game set. Since the break, Redal is 6-14 with 1 triple, 2 runs scored, and 9 RBI. Redal has been a force for the Rascals this season, hitting .317 with 1 home run and 29 RBI to go along with 18 stolen bases and 36 runs scored. The 27-year-old Moses Lake, WA native is in his 4th professional season, all with River City, after playing collegiately at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Gooding takes home this week’s Pitcher of the Year award after his dominant performance Sunday afternoon against the Traverse City Beach Bums at Wuerfel Park. The 24-year-old right-hander baffled the Beach Bums over 8 plus innings of work, allowing just 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 13. The performance helped pad Gooding’s already stellar numbers this season, bringing his record to 4 wins and just 2 losses to go along with a 2.51 ERA. Also, he has been dominant with the strikeout this season, fanning 35 in just 39.1 innings. Gooding leads the Freedom pitchers with four wins while ranking third on their staff in strikeouts. Making Gooding’s start against Traverse City even more special was that he grew up in Livonia, MI, just 3 hours from Traverse City. He is in his 2nd season of professional baseball, and his first in the Frontier League after appearing in both the United League and the American Association in 2014.
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 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 27 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.