2018 NCAC Baseball Players of the Week

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May 7th
 

Tanner Johnson, Denison
(Jefferson, WI/Jefferson) 

Denison senior Tanner Johnson closed out the regular season strong, hitting .579 (11-for-19) in five-straight wins for the Big Red last week, which included a pair of NCAC DH sweeps that secured DU the second seed in the 2018 NCAC Tournament. In the four conference games, he tallied three triples, two doubles, one homer, seven RBI, 11 runs scored and one stolen base, before finishing out the week with a 2-for-3 showing in the 12-10 win over Otterbein on May 6th.

Grant Rademacher, DePauw
(Munster, IN/Munster) 

DePauw junior Grant Rademacher was put together another strong performance on the mound in the Tigers’ 4-0 win at Allegheny on Saturday afternoon. In 8.0 innings of work against the Gators, Rademacher struck out 10 batters, scattered two hits and walked just one batter to earn his fourth pitching victory of the season. 

 
April 30th
 

Matt Contreras, Kenyon
(Beavercreek, OH/Gloucester, VA) 

Kenyon junior third baseman Matt Contreras led the Lords in three key NCAC wins last week by hitting .538 (7-for-13) with three doubles, a homer, three RBI and four runs scored. He slugged 1.000 on the week and had an on-base percentage of .600 after being hit by a pitch once and drawing another walk. In Sunday’s 24-13 win over Hiram, he went 5-for-6 at the plate with a homer, three doubles, one RBI and four runs scored. The Lords also set the program’s single-game record with 28 total hits in the win over Hiram.

Mikey Rivera, Denison
(Chicago, IL/Loyola Acad.) 

Denison junior reliever Mikey Rivera appeared in all five of the Big Red’s games last week, earning the win in the 6-4 victory over No. 20 Marietta after striking out four and allowing just one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings of work, before earning the save in the 4-2 win over No. 2 Wooster by setting the final batter of the game down on strikes. In 10.0 total innings of work last week out of the pen, Rivera struck out 13 batters, scattered just four hits and didn’t allow a single earned run for a 0.00 ERA.

 
April 23rd
 

Michael Wielansky, Wooster
(St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) 

Wooster junior shortstop Michael Wielansky led the second-ranked Scots to a 5-1 record last week with a slash line of .655/.688/1.172. He went 19-for-29 at the plate on the week with five doubles, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored, highlighted by a 5-for-6 showing with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and three runs scored in a 24-14 non-conference win over Muskingum on April 20th. In league play last week, he hit .611 (11-for-18) with two doubles, two triples, seven RBI and 12 runs scored in four combined wins over Oberlin and Allegheny. He was also perfect in the field with six putouts and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Grant Rademacher, DePauw
(Munster, IN/Munster) 

DePauw junior right-hander Grant Rademacher struck out a career-high 15 batters in the Tigers’ 10-3 win over Hiram on Saturday. Rademacher allowed eight hits and three runs (one earned) in the 9.0 inning complete-game performance. The 14 strikeouts were the most by a DePauw hurler since Daniel Mack set 15 down on strikes in the 2000 season.

 
April 16th
 

Garrett Crum, Wooster
(Alliance, OH/Canton South) 

Wooster junior first baseman Garrett Crum was one of the centerpieces for the Scots’ lineup last week as the team posted five wins to extend its current winning streak to 15. Crum’s slash line for the week was .458/.500/.875 with four doubles, two homers, 12 RBI and eight runs scored. In the league DH sweep at Wabash on Saturday, Crum combined to go 5-for-10 at the plate with a homer, one double, six RBI and three runs scored. In all, Crum had at least two RBI in every game last week, which included a 3-for-5 showing with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in a 9-4 win over No. 14/12 Marietta on Thursday night.

 

Sean Kealey, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin) 

Allegheny sophomore left-hander Sean Kealey earned the pitching win in both Gator victories last week. In a 9-8 win over Fredonia, he threw the final 2.0 innings in relief and allowed just one hit an one unearned run. Three days later in a 5-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan, Kealey got the start and struck out a career-high 10 batters in 7.0 innings of scoreless work against the Bishops.

 
April 9th
  Tanner Johnson, Denison
(Jefferson, WI/Jefferson) 

Denison senior Tanner Johnson led the Big Red’s offense last week in three key wins, which included a 13-7 win over No. 25 Baldwin Wallace and a sweep over Allegheny in NCAC action by scores of 5-3 and 7-0. In the three games combined, he hit .545 (6-for-11) with two doubles, six runs scored and six RBI. He was also 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts, which included swiping three bases in the 7-0 win over Allegheny. Johnson also posted a .563 on-base percentage for the week after being hit by a pitch once and drawing two walks.

Perley Provost, Denison
(South Bend, IN/Culver Academy) 

Denison senior right-hander Perley Provost improved to 4-0 on the year and matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts after allowing just six hits in 8.1 innings of scoreless work in a 7-0 league win over Allegheny on Sunday night. His 10 K’s matched a career-high that he set back on April 1, 2017, in a complete-game shutout against Wabash.

April 2nd
 

Colin Stolly, Ohio Wesleyan
(Lima, OH/Central Catholic)

Ohio Wesleyan senior Colin Stolly played a key role in leading the Bishops to a sweep of Oberlin in the conference opener for both squads. Stolly, who hit .444 on the day, smashed a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning of game one that gave OWU a 6-0 lead in an eventual 9-0 win over the Yeomen. He also drove in the game winning run in the 6-5 victory in game two on a single through the right side in the top of the seventh to break a 5-5 tie.

 

Bryan Roberts, Wabash
(Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) 

Wabash senior right-hander Bryan Roberts tossed a complete-game shutout in the Little Giants’ league-opening 5-0 win over Allegheny on Saturday. Roberts, who is now 5-0 on the season with a miniscule 1.05 ERA, struck out five, scattered just three hits and walked just one batter in 9.0 innings of work for his first complete-game shutout of the season. 

 
March 26th
 

Tyler Wagner, Allegheny
(York, PA/Central) 

Allegheny senior first baseman Tyler Wagner paced the Gators’ lineup last week on its trip in Tucson, AZ, hitting .666 (16-for-24) with six doubles, four RBI and six runs scored in seven total games. He hit safely in all seven games on the week, which included a trio of three-hit performances against Wesleyan, Wis.-Superior and Hamline. In the Gators’ 9-7 win over Wesleyan on March 20th, Wagner was 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI doubles in the third to give Allegheny a 4-3 lead and again in the fifth to plate the final insurance run in the victory.

 

Zachary Steer, Oberlin
(Concord, MA/Middlesex)

Oberlin junior left-hander Zachary Steer was dominant in two starts last week as he struck out six, scattered just five hits and allowed no runs in 13.0 innings of work for a 0.00 ERA and a 2-0 record. In a 4-3 win over Wis.-Superior, he struck out three and allowed just three hits in 7.0 scoreless innings, with 51 of his 80 pitches going for strikes, before returning to the hill on just three days rest to strike out three and allow just two hits in 6.0 scoreless innings against Wilmington.

 
March 19th
 

Michael Blatchford, Ohio Wesleyan
(Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) 

Ohio Wesleyan senior Michael Blatchford hit safely in all six games the Bishops played last week on their spring break trip in Florida. He tied the single-game school record with three doubles in a 13-7 loss against Susquehanna on March 12, before adding two RBI in a 10-2 win over SUNY-Canton and three runs scored in a 7-1 win over Nichols. In six games on the week, he hit 545 (12-for-22) with five doubles for a .773 slugging percentage, to go along with being hit by a pitch three times and drawing three walks for a .643 on-base percentage. He also added four RBI and right runs scored on the week.

Bryan Roberts, Wabash
(Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) 

Wabash senior right-hander Bryan Roberts had a career day on the mound in an 8-3 win over Hanover on Sunday as he struck out a career-high 10 batters, walked only one and allowed just one earned run on eight hits in a career-high 8.0 innings of work to improve to 3-0 overall on the season.

 
March 12th
 

Jackson Blevins, Wabash
(Plainfield, IN/Plainfield)

Wabash sophomore Jackson Blevins, a transfer from recently closed St. Joseph’s College, helped guide the Little Giants to a 5-0 record last week in Tucson, Arizona, by hitting .455 at the plate with four doubles, four triples, nine RBI and five runs scored. In a 15-4 win over Wheaton (IL) on March 5th, he went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, one triple and five RBI, before adding two more triples the very next day in a 10-6 win over Bethany Lutheran.

 

Tanner Griggs, Wittenberg
(Pickerington, OH/Central) 

Wittenberg freshman right-hander Tanner Griggs went 1-0 on the hill last week in 12.0 innings of scoreless work. He earned the pitching win in the 9-1 victory against NC Wesleyan on March 5th after striking out eight and allowing three hits in 5.0 innings of work, before posting a no-decision in a 7-2 loss against Guilford on Saturday after striking out eight and allowing four hits in 7.0 innings of scoreless work.

March 5th
 

Will Krushena, Denison
(Bloomfield Hills, MI/Bloomfield Hills) 

Denison sophomore first baseman Will Krushena slugged 1.000 and drove in a team-high eight RBI to lead the Big Red to a 2-1 record last weekend in Hampden Sydney, Virginia. He was 2-for-4 at the plate with a homer and three RBI in the season-opening 11-10 loss against Hampden-Sydney, before adding a three-run triple in the 9-0 win over HSC on Sunday. In three total games on the weekend, he hit .417 (5-for-12), with two doubles, one triple, one homer, eight RBI and four runs scored.

John Troll, Denison
(Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) 

Denison junior right-hander John Troll shutdown Hampden-Sydney with 7.0 innings of two-hit shutout baseball in a 9-0 win on Sunday. Troll struck out four batters, scattered just two hits and didn’t issue a single walk in his 7.0 innings of work on the hill.

 
February 26th
  

Dan Harwood, Wooster
(Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.)

Wooster sophomore designated hitter Dan Harwood had a monster game in the Scots’ season-opening 17-9 home win over Mount Union on Sunday. In his second plate appearance of the year, Harwood teed off on the first pitch from Phil Mary, the 2017 ABCA Mideast Region Pitcher of the Year, for a two-run homer. Later in the game, he went yard for the second time with a two-out solo shot in the sixth inning. He finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with one walk, three runs scored and four RBI.

Bryan Roberts, Wabash
(Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) 

Wabash senior right-hander Bryan Roberts scattered three hits, struck out five batters and allowed just one unearned run in 6.0 innings of work to earn the pitching win in the Little Giants’ season-opening 12-4 victory over Transylvania on Friday night.