7/13/04 – Valley Baseball League
Valley League Baseball > News WEEKLY HONORS – JULY 13 Northern Division: The pitcher of the week for the Northern Division was Mike Wagner (Vanderbilt) of the Winchester Royals. Wagner picked up a win in one start and had a 0.00 ERA to lower his season’s ERA to 0.63. In eight innings pitched this week, Wagner allowed no earned runs, one hit, and struck out 15. Wagner was also the starting pitcher for the North in the Valley League All-Star game on July 11 and is now 3-0 in three starting appearances and six overall. In 28 2/3 innings Wagner’s only allowed two earned runs and 16 hits while fanning 50, which puts him at third in the league for total strikeouts. The player of the week for the Northern Division was Jon Skorupski (Florida) with the Cardinals of Front Royal. Skorupski batted .321 this past week and improved his overall average to .333. Skorupski had nine hits, three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. Skorupski also had the most bases in the league with 17, which puts him at 37 total bases for the year and third on the Cardinals after playing just 15 games with the Front Royal ball club. Skorupski started at second-base for the Northern All-Stars and went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Southern Division: The pitcher of the week for the Southern Division was Harrisonburg Turk Mike Mlotkowski (Oklahoma City). Mlotkowski made one starting appearance this past week and threw a no-hitter while striking out 14 batters. Mlotkowski is the only player in the Valley Leauge this season to throw a complete game no-hitter and is now 4-1 with a 3.63 ERA on the year. In six starting appearances Mlotkowski has thrown for a total of 34 2/3 innings and fanned 41. The player of the week for the Southern Division was Matt Bransfield (Notre Dame) with the Waynesboro Generals. Bransfield contributed to the Generals four-game winning streak while going 10-for-25 this past week with five runs scored, three doubles, one home run, and eight RBI. Bransfield is now batting .326, leading the Generals, and has reached the 30-hit mark for the season. Bransfield also leads his team in home runs, RBI, and total bases. Bransfield also had the opportunity to play catcher and served as the designated hitter for the South in the All-Star game.