Thursday, March 29, 2018

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Former Ram Chander Walker now all-time hits leader at Pfeiffer

Walker (Pfeiffer athletics)
Former Bristol Central star Chandler Walker has had a stellar softball career at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.
On March 22, Walker became the all-time hits leader for the Falcons, breaking the mark of 179 set by Hall of Famer Dacia Ijames in 2008. Walker, an athletic three-sport athlete at Bristol Central, got her hit in fitting fashion by beating out an infield single.
Walker needed two hits to break the record. She got the record-tying hit in the first game of a doubleheader, a 4-0 win over Brevard. In her final at bat of the second game, a 9-0 Pfeiffer victory, Walker legged out an infield single to break the record. She stole second and third base, then scored on a Bailey Sherrill sacrifice fly.
Walker has added seven hits since that doubleheader and has 38 on the season, 187 for her career. For the season, Walker is hitting .384 with four home runs, eight doubles, three triples and 26 RBI. She has stolen 13 bases in 15 attempts.

Vallee (Bay Path athletics)
Lauren Vallee, Bay Path University softball
Another former Bristol Central standout, and former teammate of Walker's, Vallee was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week after a monstrous effort at the plate.
In four games, Vallee hit a scalding .692 with an absurd slugging percentage of 1.154. Vallee had multi-hit games in three of the four outings, including a pair of 3-for-3 efforts. In a game against New England College, she was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple and a stolen base. The onslaught continued in a game against Mass Maritime, where Vallee was 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.
For the week, Vallee had four doubles, one triple, one RBI and three stolen bases. In 16 games this season, Vallee is hitting .552 with a .983 slugging percentage, six doubles, all of her team's five triples, all three of her team's home runs, 13 RBI and five stolen bases. Vallee is leading the team in every one of those categories except stolen bases, which she is tied for first in. She also had team-highs in hits with 32 and runs with 22.


Jake Kawiecki, Western New England University baseball
Kawiecki (WNEU athletics)

Kawiecki, a third senior and former St. Paul standout, was named Commonwealth Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week after a strong outing against St. Olaf at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
The right-hander tied his career-high with eight strikeouts in five innings. Kawiecki scattered six hits, allowed just one earned run, and walked only one batter.
In the bottom of the first inning, Kawiecki allowed a leadoff single, then picked that runner off first base. The other two outs of the inning came on his first two strikeouts.
Kawiecki had one strikeout in the second inning, two in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth. Kawiecki improved to 2-0 on the season.
Kawiecki's ERA is higher than he would like, but he has the two wins in four appearances, including three starts. He has struck out 20 batters and walked seven in 16 innings of work.

Stephens (CCSU athletics)
Peyton Stephens, Central Connecticut State University baseball
The Blue Devil freshman and former Sacred Heart star earned Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts on the mound and at the plate.
Stephens couldn't have had a much better debut than what he did against UConn. He started the game and pitched two innings, allowing no runs on one hit and while striking out two.
In three games at the plate, Stephens hit .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles, four RBI and three walks. He had one hit and one RBI in each game of a three-game sweep of NEC foe Fairleigh Dickinson.
Stephens had big hits in all three games. He hit a double in the eighth inning of Game 1 that put CCSU ahead 5-3. In Game 2, Stephens' clutch two-out hit in the sixth inning broke a 3-3 tie. In Game 3, Stephens started a five-run rally with a single to score former Bristol Central standout Mitch Guilmette.
At the plate, Stephens is hitting .389 with a home and two doubles. He is tied for second on the team with 11 RBI. Stephens' nine walks have helped him build up a .476 on-base percentage.


Matt Warren, Albertus Magnus College baseball
Warren (Albertus Magnus athletics)

The sophomore and former Wolcott standout is the leading hitter for the Falcons so far.
Warren has a .419 batting average, .814 slugging, 18 hits, three homers, four triples and 19 RBI. The left-handed slugger leads Albertus in all of those aforementioned categories.
Warren's efforts in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Elms College last Sunday earned him a spot on the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. He went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and five RBI in a 7-2 win. Warren smacked a three-run triple in the first inning, then blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning.



Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.



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