Three Stars of the Series: 6/10-14
The Lookouts dropped today’s game against the Tennessee Smokies, 4-1, but still won their fourth straight series and moved over .500 this week. Let’s take a look at the three players that stood out above the rest during the latest series victory in this week’s Three Stars of the Series.
Third Star – Engelb Vielma
Engelb Vielma just continues to hit in the Southern League, raising his season average with the Lookouts to .333 after a strong series against the Smokies. Vielma went 6-for-16 against Tennessee (.375) with a run scored and two driven in, and, after a scoring correction last night changed an error to a hit, his hitting strike remained alive and is now at eight games.
Second Star – Mitch Garver
Garver finished the series with a modest .286 average in four games, but the 2016 Southern League All Star hit a key three run home run to power the Lookouts to 6-2 win in the series opener. Garver drove in four and scored twice himself against the Smokies as well. Mitch was also named the starting catcher for the North Division All Star Team last week, so hopefully the second star is an added congratulatory bonus.
First Star – Ryan Eades
After throwing four innings of one run ball in his first start off the DL, Ryan Eades took another huge step forward with a lights out start in game two of the series. Eades needed just 70 pitches (throwing 51 of them for strikes) to get through six shutout innings. He allowed just three hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter. The performance earned Eades his third win of the year.
Honorable Mention: All Aboard offers our sincere apologies to Zack Granite, who got hit by the Michael Jordan-Lebron James “tired of voting for them for MVP” effect. Granite made appearances in the last two Three Stars articles and did enough to deserve a third straight honor against the Smokies. Granite hit .333 in five games with a triple, his third HR of the season, three stolen bases, four runs scored and three driven in.