Willis, Moell Recognized with Northern League Honors


Chicago, Ill. – July 18, 2023 – The Northern League has announced its weekly awards for this past week as Dawson Willis (LSU Eunice / Ruston, La.) of the Elkhart County Miracle has been named Northern League Player of the Week and Will Moell (Johns Hopkins / Munster, Ind.) of the Southland Vikings has earned Pitcher of the Week honors.

Willis went 12-for-23 this week, batting a robust .522 while driving in seven runs, scoring eight times and stealing six bases. He also launched a home run, a triple and two doubles as part of a banner week, earning the Player of the Week honor on a unanimous vote.

Moell started against the Miracle on July 14 and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He allowed a two-out single in the seventh and then struck out the next hitter to finish his day. He tossed seven shutout innings of one-hit ball while allowing four walks and striking out eight to bring his season total to a league-leading 45 strikeouts.

The Miracle have won six weekly awards this season, while Moell becomes the first Vikings this year to be recognized.

The Northern League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. at Oil City Stadium.

2023 Northern League Players of the Week

June 6 – Ray Hilbrich, Lake County (unanimous)

June 12 – Kevin Denty, NWI

July 19 – Hayden Matulich, Lake County (unanimous)

June 26 – Bryce Lesher, Elkhart County

July 3 – Kevin Bushnell, Panthers (unanimous)

July 10 – Doug Loden, Lake County (unanimous)

July 18 – Dawson Willis, Elkhart County (unanimous)

2023 Northern League Pitchers of the Week

June 6 – Ethan Lengfelder, Elkhart County

June 12 – Conor Gausselin, Elkhart County

June 19 – Ethan Lengfelder, Elkhart County (unanimous)

June 26 – Conor Gausselin, Elkhart County (unanimous)

July 3 – Steve Washilewski, NWI

July 10 – Steve Washilewski, NWI

July 18 – Will Moell, Southland

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