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Justin Ruthrauff Wins MCL Pitcher of the Week

By: David Bork

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Justin Ruthrauff has won MCL Pitcher of the Week for the Week of 6/17-6/24.

Nate Montgomery (Geneva, Ill./Tusceulum) of the Northwest Inidiana Oilmen won Player of the Week and Justin Ruthrauff (Chicago, Ill./Mesa CC) of the Southland Vikings won Pitcher of the Week.

Montgomery went 5-10 (.500) this past week, with four doubles, four runs scored and seven RBI and led the Oilmen to a 3-0 record this week with wins against the Joliet Generals, Crestwood Panthers and Southland Vikings which extended NWI's winning streak to eight games. The catcher helped the Oilmen defeat the second place Southland Vikings for their first victory against Southland all year as he went 3-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI.  Montgomery has been the most consistent bat for NWI all season, hitting .365 with an MCL leading four home runs, 23 hits, six doubles, 20 RBI and 19 runs scored.  

Ruthrauff picked up his first win of the year and it was a big one in his only start of the week. Ruthrauff went eight innings, allowing only three hits, issuing two walks and striking out five in a 3-1 victory against the Bloomington Bobcats on June 20. The southpaw has thrown 22 innings so far for the Vikings and owns a 1-1 record, with a 2.05 ERA, has issued nine walks and struck out 18.

2018 MCL Players of the Week
June 5 – Stephen Mogged, DuPage County
June 11 – Jeremiah Lebron, Joliet
June 18 – Nick Figus, Northwest Indiana
June 25 - Nate Montgomery, Northwest Indiana

2018 MCL Pitchers of the Week
June 5 – Clifton Slagel, Bloomington
June 11 – Gil Loza, Southland
June 18 – Justin Rios, Southland
June 25 - Justin Ruthrauff, Southland



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