After the first full week of action in the IMG Academy 14U Wood Bat League, it is clear to see that players are improving across the board. Following a schedule packed with on-field drills and off-field performance training, each and every player has seen improvement in at least one aspect of their game. However, several players have really put in the hard work and are beginning to see the results on the field with some of the league's top performances. Without further adieu, here are the IMG Academy 14U Wood Bat League Player and Pitcher of the Week:
Player of the Week - Carter Hirschhorn (Ospreys)
It is hard to imagine a better start than the one that Hirschhorn had in the first week of play in the 14U Wood Bat League. Hitting at a blistering .667 clip, Hirschhorn currently leads the Wood Bat League in hitting and has helped lead the Ospreys to a perfect 4-0 record. A top performer on several occasions, Carter really was able to catch the eye of coaches in his very first game of the season. Taking on the Storm for opening day, Hirschhorn hit 3rd and went 3-3 smacking 2 doubles. He also drove in a run while crossing the plate a total of three times in his own right. Hirschhorn has continued to his hot hitting past opening day as he currently sits near the top of the league in slugging percentage, runs and RBI.
Pitcher of the Week -Ethan Hess (Royals)
The big right-hander got the ball on opening day for the Royals and never looked back. Six innings later, he had only allowed one earned run on 3 hits on his way to the Royals first victory of the season. Hess was dominant on Wednesday on his way to getting the W, striking out a grand total of 7 Buccaneers. Much of Ethan's success has been a direct result of his accuracy, throwing over 63% of his pitches for strikes with a first-pitch-strike percentage of over 70%. Hess would pitch again on Sunday, this time allowing 3 hits but striking out 4 in his 2 innings of work. With these outings alone, Hess is currently among the league leaders in strikeouts as well as FPS% and ERA.