Tripp Shelton: 2016 Week 2 POTW

Tripp Shelton home runWith a .556 average over the past week, the Turks Player of  Week Two is shortstop Tripp Shelton from the Spartans of UNC Greensboro.

Shelton went 10-18 over a five game span. He picked up two doubles, four RBI’s, a home run and four walks contributing to four Turks wins. His best game came against the Charlottesville TomSox, when he went 4-4 with a double and three singles, and he got on base a fifth time when he was hit by a pitch. Shelton, the leadoff hitter, has moved his season average up to .349 over the last seven days.

Bryan Arias: 2016 Week 1 POTW

Bryan AriasTurks second baseman Bryan Arias had a very solid season at the University of Texas San Antonio in 2016.  To say he continued the trend as a Turk is an understatement.

Arias batted .484 (15 for 31) over the first 7 games with 3 HR and 8 Runs batted in.  Bryan and returning Turks shortstop Tripp Shelton have also paired up like old friends for a potent double play combination.

Arias will be a Sophomore in the Fall and has a bright future ahead on and off the baseball diamond.  First Baseman Greg Popatak (George Mason) also got off to a strong start as has Greg Paprocki (LaSalle) on the mound.  Way to go guys!  Congratulations Bryan on the first of 8 weekly awards.
*Statistics from Sunday through Saturday games are used for PoTW consideration.  Team winners are nominated for Valley League PoTW which is announced on Sunday.

Jared Baker: Week Seven Turks POW

Jared Baker OCU 2015 TurksJared Baker 2015 OCUIn a week where the Turks closed out the regular season with a record of 29-13. The Turks Player of the Week was awarded to Jared Baker. Baker (Oklahoma City) hit .381 in 21 at-bats, with one home run, six RBIs, four walks, one stolen base and four runs scored. Jared has been the primary left-fielder and has flown under the radar because of all of the great offensive production on the Turks this season. Other than centerfielder Shane Billings, Jared has been the most consistent hitter for the Turks. He finished the regular season, second on the team in batting average at .333, second on the team in hits with 46 and leading the team in RBI with 23. Jared has lengthened the lineup and is a huge part of the Turks offense as they head into the postseason.

Other honorable mentions this week:

Shane Billings (Wingate) – He hit .391 in 23 at-bats with two doubles, two RBIs, six walks, two stolen bases and six runs scored.

Steven McLean (Baylor) – He hit .333 in 27 at-bats with one double, two RBIs, one walk and four runs scored.

Shane Billings and James Ziemba: Week Six Co-Turks POW

Shane Billings - WingateThe Turks Player of the Week was earned by two players as center-fielder Shane Billings and LHP James Ziemba (Duke) were honored. For Billings, this is his third week in a row getting the award. Shane hit .500 in 18 at-bats with a double, an RBI, six runs scored and three stolen bases this week. Billings has the highest batting average in the Valley League at .423.

James Ziemba (Duke)Turks LHP James Ziemba also grabs the award this week. Ziemba who had been pitching mostly out of the bullpen was asked to make a couple of starts because of other Turks pitchers departures from the rotation and he has been great. Ziemba’s success culminated to the start he made this week when he threw a complete game allowing only four hits, two earned runs while striking out eight batters. Ziemba who struggled so mightily last year has become one of the Turks most consistent starters this season. For the season Ziemba’s numbers look like this; eight appearances, four starts, a 3-1 record, 27.2 innings pitched, 20 hits allowed, 10 walks allowed and 20 strikeouts with a 2.60 ERA for the season.

Other honorable mentions for the week:

Jesse Baker (Texas San Antonio)  Baker hit .429 in 14 at-bats with a double, tripke, three runs batted in and four runs scored.

Tyler Straub (Texas San Antonio) Straub hit .389 in 18 at-bats with two doubles, two RBI, a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Shane Billings: Week Five Turks POW

Shane Billings - Wingate Shane Billings makes first Shane Billings steals secondFor the second week in a row centerfielder Shane Billings (Wingate) garners Turks Player of the Week honors. In a week where the Turks had a record of 6-2 (eight games because of a doubleheader on Thursday) Shane continued his hot hitting. Shane hit .444 in 27 at-bats this week with two triples, an RBI, seven walks, three steals and nine runs scored. Shane has been a constant at the top of the batting order leading the team in steals with 16 and runs scored with 33. He has been the most consistent hitter all season for the Turks as he is second in the Valley League in batting average at .411. Shane will represent the Turks as a part of the South Division all-star team on Sunday July 12.

Here are some honorable mentions for the week:

Joe Lytle (Oklahoma City) – He hit .450 in 20 at-bats with a double, a stolen base and five runs scored.

Erik Garcia (Missouri Baptist) – He went 4 for 9 with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs, a walk and a run scored.Shane Bill