Wednesday Journal is following former area ballplayers as they try to make it to the pros. Every week the Watch will keep readers updated on their progress. Stats are through Sunday.
Vasili Spanos exploded last week, the highlight being his capping a come-from-behind 8-6 victory with a three-run walk-off homer Friday against Corpus Christi. Double A Midland trailed 6-1 in the seventh inning, but Spanos doubled and scored in a three-run eighth before his homer in the ninth. He hit another three-run homer Saturday against Frisco. Spanos went 10-for-21 (.476) on the week with four doubles, seven runs and nine RBIs in five games. The former Huskie boosted his average 64 points to .276.
Chandler-Gilbert lefty Tim Dennehy did his part, earning a complete game win to open the playoffs against Central Arizona on Thursday, but the Coyotes lost two over the weekend to drop the best-of-three regional playoff series. Dennehy allowed five hits and struck out five in a 2-1 victory. He improved to 10-2 with a 1.48 ERA and has won eight straight decisions since Feb. 24.
Note: An incorrect date and opponent were given for Dennehy’s start in last week’s paper. Dennehy pitched April 24 against Yavapai.
Caleb Fields hit his first homer of the season May 1 against Northern Illinois, a two-run shot which brought Northwestern within 4-3 in a game it would lose 5-4. Fields went 10-for-25 (.400) on the week as NU went 3-3, beating Illinois Tech and splitting a series with Minnesota. He scored five runs and had six RBIs, bringing him to .324 with a homer and 22 RBIs in 44 games.
Florida State’s Ruairi O’Connor hit his first homer of the season and third of his career Friday as the Seminoles swept a weekend series from Maryland. The two-run homer put FSU up 7-0 in a 9-3 win. O’Connor started Saturday as well and added two singles and an RBI. The 3-for-10 week boosted his average slightly to .298.
Derek Schlecker had one good and one nightmarish outing for Western Michigan last week. The good: A shutout frame with a strikeout Sunday at Northern Illinois. The bad: The loss in a four-run inning against Michigan on May 2. Schlecker came on in the fifth inning of a 3-3 game and gave up two doubles, a single and a walk. He fell to 2-4 and his ERA jumped to 5.60.