Waldorf pitcher Sam Jones and Infielder Damien Sanchez sweep conference weekly awards

Waldorf pitcher Sam Jones and Infielder Damien Sanchez sweep conference weekly awards

The Waldorf baseball team started the season 2-17. While that wasn’t ideal, the young Warriors have grown, leading to winning games down the stretch. Since that 2-17 start, Waldorf has won 12 of the remaining games to push their record to 12-25 overall, and they finished above .500 12-10 in conference play. They closed the regular season on a seven-game win streak and picked up two conference honors.

The North Star Athletic Association announced its final installment of the Baseball Players-of-the-Week Monday. Sam Jones was selected as the Pitcher-of-the-Week, while his teammate Damien Sanchez was named the Player-of-the-Week.

According to the conference’s release, junior pitcher Sam Jones of Gold Coast, Australia, carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning in the third game of the North Star Athletic Association’s four-game home series with Viterbo (Wis.), despite an hour-long rain delay after the fifth inning.  He earned a complete-game victory, yielding the V-Hawks to one hit – he struck out 15.  Jones also pitched one shutout inning in a 14-6 win at Grand View (Iowa), propelling the Warriors to a 5-0 record for the week.

Sanchez, a sophomore infielder from Riverside, Calif., was 12-of-19 at the plate with an impressive .632 batting average as Waldorf (Iowa) went 5-0 record for the week, extending their winning streak to seven games for the first time since 2019.  He recorded four multi-hit games during the week.  For the week, Sanchez recorded a slugging percentage of 1.158 with two home runs, four doubles, and six singles.  He also drove in eight runs and registered an on-base percentage of .708.  He reached base four times and scored seven runs for the week.


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