BMOC XIII: Diewart, Germaine, MacDonald, Onyshko, Soper, Toro, Whynot

OF Zach Diewert (Chamainus, BC) of the Polk State Eagles went .467 (7-for-15) with a double, two home runs, seven RBIs and two stolen bases to earn NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week honors.

OF Zach Diewert (Chamainus, BC) of the Polk State Eagles went .467 (7-for-15) with a double, two home runs, seven RBIs and two stolen bases to earn NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week honors.

BMOC Week 13
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network

Home runs were a common occurrence over the past week for Canadians competing in college baseball. There was another record set and plenty of solid performances on the mound as well. Let’s take a look at the top players in the Week 13 ediition of the Big Man on Campus.

Diewert named Player of the Week
It’s a name that has been mentioned before and it will certainly be mentioned again. Zach Diewert (Chamainus, BC) had himself an outstanding week en route to being named NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week. In Polk State’s first game of the week against South Florida State College, Diewert would launch a home run on the way to going 3-for-5. He would finish the game with five RBIs and would add a stolen base. After being held quiet in Polk State’s second game, he would go 2-for-3 with another home run, a walk and a stolen base against South Florida State. It would be another Florida team, this time the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota who would try to quiet Diewert next. He would be having non of that as he would go 2-for-4 with a double. He would finish his week 7-for-15, good for a .467 average.

Germaine named GAC’s  Player for the Week
Billy Germaine (Aldergrove, BC) didn’t waste any time pummelling the opposing pitchers this past weekend. Germaine would go 3-for-4 in Game 1 of Southern Arkansas’ series with East Central University. One of the hits was a two-run shot while the other two were doubles. He would finish the game with five RBIs. Southern Arkansas would take the opener 10-3. It wouldn’t get any easier or prettier for East Central in Game 2. Southern Arkansas would take the game 20-4 and Germaine had a big impact on the 20 runs. He went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a two run and a three run blast. He would also add a double and a walk. He would knock in six runs in all and cross the plate four times as well. The finale would go the way of East Central, 7-4, but Germaine would hit a solo shot and walk. Those numbers earned him Great American Conference Player of the Week. All in all he would go 8-for-11 with four home runs, three doubles, 12 RBIs, a 2.091 SLG and a .733 OBP. 

Whynot smashes slam
It’s safe to say Jamie Whynot (Bridgewater, NS) was powering the Delaware Tech-Owens lineup this past week. He would hit a grand slam in his teams 9-1 thumping of Rowan Burlington. After Delaware-Tech dropped them again a second time by the score of 10-3 he would take it to Chesapeake pitching. He would go 2-for-5 with a two-run shot in the 16-6 win. 

UBC takes 3-of-4
It was another good weekend for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds as they took 3-of-4 from the College of Idaho. Consider it a little pay back from when the College of Idaho swept a three game set from the T-Birds back in March.
Alex Webb (Surrey, BC) would do his thing yet again in Game 1 by throwing a complete game in the 2-0 UBC win. He would allow four hits, giving up no runs or walks while striking out an impressive 13. His record now stand at 9-1. Lucas Soper (Vancouver, BC) would go 3-for-4 in the contest while Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) would add a hit and a walk.
Game 2 would be another tight contest as UBC would take it 3-1. Pitching was again the name of the game as both Connor Noble (Vancouver, BC) and Tyler Gillies (London, Ont) would combine to shut down the College of Idaho offense. Noble would pick up the win by going 7 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits, a single run with two walks and four punch outs. Gillies would come on to earn his fifth save of the year tossing 1 2/3 without a hit. He would strikeout two. Yari would again be mixing things up on the offensive side, going 2-for-3 with a RBI. 
The College of Idaho would get their only win in Game 3, 5-3. Yari would reach base three times, all by way of the free pass. Gillies would get into this one as well, throwing 1/3 of an inning with a hit and strikeout.
The T-Birds would earn the series victory in Game 4 by downing the Yotes 6-0. It was Curtis Taylor’s (Port Coquitlam, BC) time to shine on the mound in this one. He would go six innings, giving up three hits with five strikeouts. Brad Smith would come on to pitch the final three innings and earn his first save of the season. He would allow just one hit over the three frames while striking out three. It would be a pair of doubles and two RBIs for Yari in this one. The T-Birds wrap up their regular season this weekend as they travel to Klamath Falls, Ore. to do battle with the Oregon Tech Owls for four games. UBC swept three games from Oregon Tech back in March.

Osborne keeps up the O
J.D. Osborne (Whitby, Ont.) would continue a few of his current streaks when the #3 University of Tampa Spartans took on #14 Florida Southern. In the Game 1, 7-6 loss, Osborne would get a hit and a RBI. Tampa would respond in Game 2 by putting up 11 runs on their way to victory. Osborne would contribute a two-run home run, and a walk. Tampa would secure the series with a 7-6 win in Game 3. Osborne would hit a double and add two RBIs. He has a hit in his last 10 games and 24 of his last 25. He is also on a 10 game RBI streak and has reached base in 32 straight games.

Pinero piping hot for Cavs
The Virginia Cavaliers had a huge ACC series on their minds last week as they were getting ready to head to Coral Gables, Fla. to take on Miami. Before they could get there though they had a couple of midweek games on their plate against Radford and VCU. Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) would make a contribution in every game Virginia would play. Against Radford he would have a hit, two walks and a RBI in the 11-3 win. VCU would earn a 11-5 win over Virginia but they had trouble stopping Pinero who went 2-for-5 with a RBI. It was finally time for the Hurricanes. Pinero would have a hit in a 6-5 Game 1 Cavaliers win. Miami would take Game 2, 9-2, but Pinero would earn a couple of walks. Pinero would make sure Virginia took the rubber match as he went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs. On the year he is hitting .315 with a home run and 26 RBIs.

Remillard saves leader at Canisius
Iannick Remillard (Valleyfield, Que.) would come on to earn his 10th save of the season in Canisius’ 3-1 midweek win over Buffalo. He would throw a scoreless inning with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. In Game 2 of their conference series with Iona he would earn his 11th save by throwing a clean inning with one strikeout. That save would make Remillard the all-time saves leader in Canisius College history with 23.

Shepley shines too
Josh Shepley (Windsor, Ont.) would earn the win in Canisius’ series opener against Iona. He would go eight scoreless innings, giving up two hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  He is now 2-4 on the season.

Valdez with five hits for Bucs
Five hits isn’t bad for a three games set. Ramon Valdez (Chestermere, Alta.) would get the first two of those five hits in Barry’s 20-9 Game 1 win over Rollins. He would add another pair in Game 2, also a Barry victory. He would hit a three-run home run in the finale and finish with two walks and four RBIs. Valdez is currently third on the team in batting average, hitting at a .349 clip.

Boyd backs Wildcat offense
The University of Arizona had a date with California this past weekend and Louis Boyd (North Vancouver, BC) was certainly enjoying the opposition. In the Game 1, 3-0 Arizona win, he would have a hit and a walk. He would up his performance in Game 2 by going 3-for-6 with a walk and a RBI. Arizona would take that one 8-5. They would complete the sweep in Game 3 with a 7-6 victory. Boyd would go 2-for-4 with a walk and a RBI.

Onyshko wins
Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, Man.) would get the win for Stetson in Game 3 of their series with USC Upstate. The win would secure the sweep for the Hatters. Onyshko would throw 5 1/3 innings and give up five hits. He would allow two runs (one earned) with two walks and four strikeouts. 

Szpik hits against St. Leo
It was a double and two RBIs for Daniel Szpik (Toronto, Ont.) of Florida Tech in their Game 1, 11-10 win over St. Leo. Despite dropping Game 2 he would get another hit. He would help power the Panthers to a Game 3 victory by going 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs.

Bain picks up two wins
It was a good week on the mound for Aaron Bain (Cambridge, Ont.) as he picked up a pair of wins for Bellevue University. His first would come against Valley City State as he would go six innings allowing six hits and a run. He would walk two and strikeout five in the contest. His second win came against Waldorf and he would throw five innings, allowing four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in that one. The wins were #3 and #4 for the former Ontario Terrier.

Moxham battles for Midland win
It wouldn’t be easy but Brady Moxham (Oakville, Man.) would gut out a win for Midland College.  He would pitch six innings, giving up six hits and five runs but only two were earned. He would walk two and strikeout five. He improved to 6-2 on the year for the Chaparral’s.

Clark solid in two appearances, earns save
Damian Clark (Carlisle, Ont.) would throw five innings of relief for Owens Community College against the Ashland University JV’s. He would give up three hits, a run, a walk and record three strikeouts. He would then earn the save against Edison Community College by throwing a clean 1/3 of an inning. It was his first save of the season.

Wesmen swept but with some good individual performances
It would be a close one but the University of Winnipeg Wesmen would eventual drop Game 1 against Dickinson State 10-8. Colton Carlow (Winnipeg, Man.) would go 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Marc Lepore (Maple, Ont.) would also go 2-for-5 but he would also swipe a base. Drake Pilat (Winnipeg, Man.) would add a pair of hits, one of which was a double. He would also walk, drive in a run and steal a base. David MacDonald (Winnipeg, Man.) would hit a double on the way to two hits. It was a 3-for-5 game for Jackson Dartnell (Birds Hill, Man.) Two of those hits were doubles. Zac Comeault (Pitt Meadows, BC) would have himself a game going 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. On the mound Tyler Moskalyk was solid going 1 1/3 inning with two strikeouts.
Got all that? Okay good. Game 2 would go the way of Dickinson State 13-1. Carlow would add another hit while Pilat went 2-for-3 with two doubles. Moskalyk would go 1-for-2 at the plate coming of a solid appearance on the mound. Aiden Brook (Winnipeg, Man.) went 2-for-2 in the game.
Game 3 would be closer but Dickinson State would again pull out the victory, 8-7. Carlow would have two more hits, a walk and a RBI. MacDonald added a pair of hits including a double with a walk and two RBIs. Lepore had himself a 2-for-5 game with a double and three RBIs. Pilat would do it on the mound and in the box in this game. He would go 2-for-4 with a double at the plate while going 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two hits and a strikeout. Zac Comeault and Brook would help round out the lineup with a hit apiece. 
Dickinson State would complete the sweep by taking Game 4, 17-6. Colton Carlow would pound out three hits while David MacDonald would stroke a double and add two RBIs. Drake Pilat finished his solid weekend by going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.
Next up for the Wesmen are midweek games with Valley City State and Jamestown. Then it is a pair of weekend doubleheaders with Viterbo before finishing up the schedule with a doubleheader against Mayville State.

Dimitroff keeps contributing
Bryce Dimitroff (Burlington, Ont.) would go 2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI in Connors State’s 8-6 Game 1 win over Eastern Oklahoma State. He would walk in the Game 2 win, closing out the home half of the home and home douubleheader. Eastern Oklahoma would win the first game of the doubleheader at home 5-3. Dimitroff would have a hit in that one. He would add a RBI in the second game of the doubleheader, a 14-7 Connors State win.

Seminole boys back again
The Canadians at Seminole State (OK) were back doing damage to opposing pitching this past week. In their first game versus Arkansas Baptist, Philippe Berthiaume (Lac St-Charles, Que.) would go 2-for-6 with a walk. Louis-Philippe Pelletier (Montreal, Que.) would go 4-for-7 with two home runs and a double. He would knock in three runs and score four. Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.) went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and a RBI. Seminole State (OK) would win the game 12-9. In their next game against Arkansas Baptist they would stay hot. Berthiaume would walk in that one. Pelletier would go 3-for-4 with another home run, two RBIs and a stolen base in the 8-2 loss. Arkansas Baptist would take the next game 5-2. Berthiaume would have a hit and a walk in that game. Pelletier would walk while Toro would have a hit and two walks. In the final game against Arkansas Baptist, Berthiaume would rip a double and knock in a run. Pelletier would have a hit, a walk, two RBIs and a stolen base. Toro would go 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs. The trio currently hit 1-3 in the Seminole State (OK) order (Pelletier, Berthiaume, Toro)

As the college season gets closer to postseason action it seems like the Canadian performances continue to get better. Something new comes out of every week of the college baseball season. Check back next week for more BMOC highlights.

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Matt Betts was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1992. From a very young age, he loved all things baseball ... but even more, all things Canadian. His baseball career began with the Brantford Junior Red Sox, followed by three years (2008 thru 2010) with the Ontario Terriers program of the PBLO - twice winning the Most Proficient Pitcher award. The past four years he pitched at the University of West Alabama of the Gulf South Conference – twice earning Most Dedicated Player honours. Summer baseball experience includes pitching for the Hamilton Cardinals, and the Licking County Settlers (2013 Great Lakes League champs) and again this summer the Hamilton Cardinals. As an Integrated Marketing Major at UWA, he wrote extensively for the university newspaper, with a focus on baseball. His lifelong dedication and love for the game is indisputable, but his passion for sports writing and broadcasting/analysis has grown with each passing year. There is something very satisfying about “digging a little deeper” to reveal the “story within the story.” After four years of life in the United States, he is thrilled to be back home in Canada, ready to cover and promote Canadian sports and players.