AUGUST 5, 2018 - PORTLAND, OR: The Great West League’s Madison Bat Company Player of the Week and Pitchers of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Ken Wilson, are Wyatt Branch and Erik Lopez.
Branch, a left-handed hitting infielder out of Dixie State, went 7-16 (.438) for the Chico Heat during the shortened final week of the GWL regular season. A native of Stansbury, Utah, he had one HR and 3 RBIs for the regular season champs. Branch ended the 2018 season batting .328.
Lopez, a right-hander from San Diego, made two strong appearances for the Lincoln Potters. The Avila University product pitched two innings each at Yuba Sutter and Chico, without allowing a run nor a hit, while striking out four and walking four.
2018 PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS
June 5: Mike Hicks (Klamath Falls Gems) & Justin Sterner (Chico Heat)
June 11: Parke Phillips (Chico Heat) & Shane Gustafson (Chico Heat)
June 18: Cole Lemmel (Chico Heat) & Tyler Burch (Medford Rogues) / Tanner Simpson (Medford Rogues)
June 25: Jon Mook (Lincoln Potters) & Billy Moreland (Yuba Sutter Gold Sox)
July 2: Tonny Ahlsrom (Medford Rogues) & Chase Spinning (Medford Rogues)
July 7: Cole Cader (Medford Rogues) & Blake Hannah (Chico Heat)
July 16: Alex Crouch (Chico Heat) and James Nabers (Lincoln Potters)
July 23: Steve Robinson (Yuba Sutter Gold Sox) and Jakob Frederick (Klamath Falls Gems)
July 30: Jake Holcroft (Klamath Falls Gems) and Zach Scherman (Klamath Falls Gems)
August 5: Wyatt Branch (Chico Heat) and Erik Lopez (Lincoln Potters)
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