BAY CITY, Mich. – After continuing his torrid stretch at the plate, Ohio Dominican junior Justin Childers (Pickerington, Ohio) was named the GLIAC Baseball Player of the Week for a second straight time.
In five games last week, the Panther first baseman batted .625 (10-of-16) with three homers, 12 RBIs, six walks and three stolen bases. He also scored eight runs, hit two doubles and a triple.
Childers hit all five games last week, with four multi-hit efforts, to extend his hitting streak to 14 straight to close the year. In game one of Sunday's doubleheader at Tiffin, he went 2-for-4 with a homer, a triple and five RBIs, then reached base safely in all six plate appearances in game two, going 3-for-3 with three walks, a homer and two RBIs.
Earlier in the week, Childers went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and two walks against Ashland, and he also hit a solo home run in the opener of the series against Tiffin on Saturday.
Childers closed the season with a .451 batting average, a .526 on-base percentage and an .846 slugging percentage. He hit 14 home runs, drove in 60 and scored 62 runs while also recording 17 doubles, five triples and 18 stolen bases.
As of May 4, Childers ranked fifth in the country in batting average and seventh in slugging. He leads the GLIAC in hits, batting average, slugging, triples, total bases and runs scored while ranking second in homers, RBIs and OBP. Childers sits third in the league in steals and fourth in walks (31) as well.
Contact: Scott Miles