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PBL Players of the Week - Week 9

PBL Players of the Week - Week 9

PBL Players of the Week (Week of 7-18-23)




North Pitcher: Jack White, Glacier Range Riders

As the Range Riders tried to close in on the PaddleHeads for first place, Jack White pitched a phenomenal game on Thursday. White threw seven full innings and only allowed four hits, striking out a season-high eleven batters and walking one. All four hits were only singles, and no runs crossed the plate for Billings until the eighth inning. This is White’s first win of the season, and the longest he had been on the mound for a single game. Glacier split the series with Billings, staying four games behind the PaddleHeads.








North Batter: Michael Kohn, Idaho Falls Chukars

The Chukars and the Jackalopes battled all week, and Michael Kohn of the Chukars rose to claim North Division Batter of the Week. Kohn grabbed 12 hits in his appearances to record a .444 average, including 14 runs batted in. He hit a double in five of the six games, also adding a pair of home runs. Kohn’s consistent batting netted the Chukars a few crucial victories, as both teams were evenly matched in offense. The Chukars now have two Batter of the Week honors as they continue to fight in the North Division standings.









South Pitcher: Alex Smith, Boise Hawks

Only a few pitchers this season have hurled a complete game, and Alex Smith achieved that on Thursday against the Voyagers. Smith struck out six, walked one, and only allowed one run on five hits, which was an unearned sacrifice fly from Collin Runge in the fourth inning. Smith never allowed more than a single hit in an inning and stranded four on the bases in the 7-1 victory, keeping the Hawks above the Owlz in the South Division standings.








South Batter: Joe Johnson, Grand Junction Jackalopes

On the other half of the Chukars-Jackalopes series, PBL league hits leader Joe Johnson earns a long overdue South Division Batter of the Week award. His performance all week was solid, getting at least two hits in every game for a total of 13, batting in 11 runs. He hit seven for extra bases and three over the fence, finishing the week with a .433 average. The series ended with a Jackalopes victory after Sunday’s knockout round, and Johnson has stayed consistent with the rest of the Jackalopes lineup.