SAUGET, Ill. –Grizzlie Pitcher Vince Molesky and Beach Bum Shortstop Will Kengor have been named Week 9 Frontier League Pitcher and Player of the Week as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Vince Molesky of the Gateway Grizzlies had a phenomenal outing on Sunday when Gateway traveled to Michigan and took down the Traverse City Beach Bums in a 2-1, twelve inning affair. The dominant start was the only outing for the righty on the week. He went a total of eight innings pitched, struck out eight, allowed two hits, two walks and no runs. The win sealed up the Grizzlies sweep of the Washington Wild Things.
Despite the no-decision, Molesky is 2-5 on the season with a 4.22 ERA over nine starts 55.1 innings pitched). He owns fifty-five strikeouts and twenty-one walks. He also has a 1.25 WHIP.
The Montoursville, Pennsylvania native is in his third season as a starter with the Grizzlies after being traded over from the American Association in 2015. The righty has a career record of twelve wins and nineteen losses in forty starts. His career ERA currently sits at 4.36. He also has two hundred and sixty-one strikeouts.
Traverse City 2017 All-Star shortstop Will Kengor earns his first Player of the Week honors. Kengor helped the Beach Bums to a two series win at Normal and home against Florence last week. Kengor was the surge that Traverse City needed to get things going.
On Wednesday, the shortstop went three for four in the Beach Bums victory over the Freedom. In those at-bats, he produced a single, a double and a triple with a single RBI.
However, his most notable game of the week came when he went four for four Sunday afternoon against Normal which included three homeruns, five RBI and a walk. Over the stretch of 6 games, he went thirteen for twenty-six, with four runs, four doubles, a triple, three homers, eight RBI and a stolen base.
On the season, Kengor is batting .349 with sixteen doubles, two triples, eleven homers, twenty-six runs scored with fifty RBI.
After being selected for the 2017 All-Star game, he was also selected for the 2016 All-Star Game. The Pittsburg native is in his second season in the Frontier League where for his career, is batting .305. He owns nineteen total homeruns, twenty-five doubles, six triples, seventy-two runs and ninety-eight RBI.
The Frontier League will begin its All-Star activities on Monday night with a parade at 6:00 p.m. located downtown Joliet, Illinois.
The Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee Golf Outing will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday followed by the Home Run Derby at 7:05 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon will kick things off Wednesday at 11:30 am with the All-Star Game Starting at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets for all events are available by calling the Joliet Slammers Box Office at 815-722-2287
When festivities conclude, the Traverse City (22-28) will host the team with the best record in the Frontier League, Schaumburg Boomers (34-16). Gateway (16-36) will return home to host the 2016 Frontier League Champions, Evansville Otters (29-21).
The Frontier League is entering its 25th season in 2017 and includes 12 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 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues. Follow the Frontier League on Twitter: @FLProBaseball, Instagram: frontierleague, and like the Frontier League Facebook Page.