GRESHAM, Oregon – GreyWolves outfielder Mark Cardinalli of UC Davis was selected as the West Coast League’s Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday afternoon. Cardinalli marks the second Gresham selection in the team’s inaugural season. Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. also earned the honor in early June.
Entering the GreyWolves’ current series in Bend, Cardinalli was clearly the WCL’s hottest hitter. He had hit .522 (12-for-23) in his last seven games to lead the league. What’s more, 5 of his 12 hits were of the extra-base variety including a pair of long balls. His 12 RBIs over the course of the last seven games are also tops in the league. No other hitter that saw enough at bats hit over .500 in the last week.
Cardinalli entered play on Monday night with a 12-game hitting streak which is one game shy of the longest streak the league has seen this summer. Fellow Gresham player Dylan Doherty was one of the two batters to mark a 13-game hitting streak in the WCL this season. Cardinalli’s 12-gamer, however, marks the longest active streak in the league.
Prior to Monday night’s action, Cardinalli and the GreyWolves sat just one half of a game back of the Yakima Valley Pippins in the WCL South Second Half race. The team will finish out a three-game set against the Bend Elks on Monday evening before heading off to Corvallis for the final three games of the road schedule.
From the League Release
Cardinalli led the surging GreyWolves, extending his hit streak to 12 games as he went 9-for-18 and posted a .550 on base percentage. The senior-to-be also banged out four extra-base hits; a double, triple and two homers; scored three runs; and recorded 9 RBIs.
Gresham is a half-game back of first-place Yakima Valley in the South after taking the first two games of their road series at Bend. The GreyWolves look to sweep the Elks at Vince Genna Stadium this evening.
At UC Davis this past spring, Cardinalli led the Aggies in batting with a .333 average. For the summer, Cardinalli’s hitting .316 – fifth best in the league – and he’s homered twice and collected 20 RBIs.