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PBL Players of the Week - Week 14

PBL Players of the Week - Week 14

PBL Players of the Week (Week of 8-21-23) 


North Division Pitcher of the Week: Brandon McPherson, Billings

A solid performance by Brandon McPherson was instrumental in helping Billings get the last win of a week-long series sweep of the Idaho Falls Chukars and extend the Mustangs winning streak to seven. Through five innings, McPherson allowed just four hits and no earned runs, with seven strikeouts and a walk. After four starts this season for Billings, all of them coming in August, McPherson now has fifteen strikeouts and an ERA of 3.00 in 18 total innings pitched.






North Division Batter of the Week: John Michael Faile, Billings

For the second time this month John Michael Faile has been awarded the honors of PBL Player of the Week. The righty-swinger has been a key part of the middle of Billings rotation, and a surging force that helped power the Mustangs to their seven-game winning streak. Faile had 12 hits this week, six of those extra base hits, with two homers, 10 RBIs and 23 total bases, getting at least one hit in every game, including two three-hit performances. His batting average was .462, with a .482 on base percentage and .846 slugging. His strong numbers are helping keep Billings in the chase of a playoff spot in the North Division.






South Division Pitcher of the Week: Matthew Hess, Ogden

Matthew Hess threw the first complete game of his professional career this week in a 6-1 win against the Rocky Mountain Vibes, a victory that broke Ogden’s losing streak. Hess allowed just one earned run on seven hits, striking seven batters out and walking two in the process, an impressive display in his fourth PBL appearance.






South Division Batter of the Week: Jacob Cruce, Grand Junction

Grand Junction dominated the Northern Colorado Owlz over the week, taking five games in a week-long series, leaping over their state rivals in the South Division standings and putting them into reach of the leading Vibes for a spot in the playoffs. Jacob Cruce was a major factor for the Jackalopes in achieving this week’s results. He had multi-hit games in every outing this week, except for one, including a four-hit performance and a walk-off home run. Cruce had 15 hits overall, seven of those extra base hits, with three home runs, 11 RBI, and 28 total bases, with an impressive batting average of .577, a .633 on base percentage and slugging 1.007.