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EVANSTON — Due to some upheaval in the Morgan Trojans American Legion Baseball program, prompted by their high school and Legion coach accepting a new position, the Evanston Outlaws games with the team were cancelled, and the team was relegated to playing a scrimmage type of game against Evanston’s Babe Ruth All-Stars.
According to coach Judd Kishpaugh, the team had a great time with the younger players, and the Outlaws managers were able to interact and give some pointers to these future Outlaws.
“It’s great to see some of the talent that will be gracing the Outlaws next year. Good job to all of you,” Kishpaugh said.
At a bit past the midpoint of the 35-game regular season, but heading into the heart of the schedule with conference games now the focus, the Herald takes a look at the statistical leaders for the 8-and-12 team, through their first 20 games.
Kade Lym, who will go on to play baseball for the Western Nebraska Cougars, leads the team with a .457 batting average. Ian Fisher is next, batting .390, followed by Will Kishpaugh at .380, the departed Skyler Baldwin with a .361 average, and Hunter Hicks — who will join the team on a more permanent basis once his Babe Ruth season is complete — rounds out the top five at .333.
Lym leads the team in on-base percentage at 64, with Kishpaugh right behind at 63. Fisher and Baldwin were tied for third at 56 percent, and James Asmus sits fifth, at 50 percent.
Prior to leaving for his church mission near the midseason point, Baldwin had been walked 11 times, one more than Pat Asmus, at 10, with Kishpaugh and Tucker Leland tied with nine base-on-balls, and two more teammates tied with eight.
Fisher has hit more singles than any of his teammates, with 20 — six more than Lym’s 14, and 12 each from Kishpaugh and Robert Nowicki. Hicks holds down the five spot with 11 singles.
Fisher’s 23 runs scored also leads the team. Lym is next with 19, followed by Kishpaugh and Leland, who have crossed the plate 16 times each. Two players are tied with seven runs scored.
Due to camp participation for other sports, along with other obligations and conflicts, only two players have seen time in all 20 games, Leland and Pat Asmus. Kishpaugh and Fisher have appeared in 18 games, and Nowicki in 17.
As far as extra-base hits, Leland has seven doubles, Kishpaugh and Lym are tied with five, and Miles Piper and Baldwin are next with four apiece.
Lym, Kishpaugh and Nowicki each have a triple to lead the team, and only Kishpaugh and Lym have hit a home run, so far on the season.
Kishpaugh’s fourteen runs-batted-in tops the team, followed by 12 from Baldwin, 11 by Lym, seven from Leland, with three Outlaws tied with six.
Lym shows the way in stolen bases, with 16, doubling Fisher’s second-place production, of eight. Kishpaugh and James Asmus are tied with six, with two more teammates tied with four.
The Herald’s story on Baldwin’s farewell mentioned his production overall would be missed, but the loss would really be felt in an already thin pitching rotation. Certainly, the statistical story is subjective, based on the level of competition, but as far as pure numbers go, Baldwin led the team in pitching statistics. His earned run average was 2.62.
Lym showed a 4.67 ERA, and Fisher, a 9.08. Baldwin is credited with four wins and Fisher with two, meaning Lym must have the other two, but was not listed on the team’s stats chart. Hicks may also be among the pitchers notching a win, and Lym has had at least one save.
Baldwin’s 52 strikeouts were the most from the team’s pitching staff, with Fisher in second place with 45, and Lym fanning 33 batters, though through those 20 games, Lym had only walked one, Baldwin lost the strike count to 11 batters he faced, and Fisher had given up 16 base-on-balls.
The Outlaws jump right back into conference competition, not having played a regular game since a June 22 loss to the Rawlins Generals, in the Rock Springs Invite. Evanston will host Riverton today, July 2, at 1 p.m., and will face the Raiders again in Riverton, this Sunday, July 7, also scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time. Another conference clash is set for Wednesday, July 10, when the Outlaws travel to Green River to face the Knights at 6 p.m.