| June 21, 2023
Photo Credit: Jordan Georgeson - Gold Country Media & Ashley Paulsen - San Luis Obispo Blues
By CCL Reporters Sean Brennan, Sam Nute and Dylan Wickman
San Jose State hitters Hunter Dorraugh (Healdsburg Prune Packers) and Theo Hardy (San Luis Obispo Blues), and University of Nevada-Reno pitchers Peyton Stumbo (Lincoln Potters) and Kolby Kmetko (Santa Barbara Foresters) earned CCL Week 2 Hitters and Pitchers of the Week honors, respectively. Learn more about each of these player’s performances as well as notes from the 2023 NCAA season.
CCL North Division North // Pitcher of the Week
The first 2023 CCL North Pitcher of the Week belongs to the Lincoln Potters and University of Nevada right-handed-pitcher, Peyton Stumbo. Last week, Stumbo had his first start of the CCL Season in a dominant performance against Sonoma, striking out nine Stompers in 5.1 innings, while only allowing one earned run.
In his following start against the Solano Mudcats, Stumbo provided a commanding performance once again. In the longest outing by a pitcher in the North Division so far this season, Stumbo threw 7.0 shutout innings while striking out six and allowing just two baserunners on two singles.
The Auburn, Calif. native is coming off a solid season for the Nevada Wolfpack that saw him strikeout 53 batters over 59 innings pitched. With the Potters, Stumbo joins righty Anthony Susac (Arizona) to form a dangerous 1-2 punch at the top of the Lincoln rotation.
CCL North Division // Hitter of the Week
Hitting in the middle of the lineup, San Jose State infielder Hunter Dorraugh has been a key piece to Healdsburg’s undefeated start to the 2023 season. Over the last week, Dorraugh has been on fire at the plate, slashing .458/.485/.542 in 24 plate appearances. The Vacaville native notched 11 hits, six RBI, five walks and eight runs on the way to a perfect 7-0 week for the Prune Packers.
Dorraugh’s highlight performance came in the Prune Packers’ walk-off 7-6 win over the Bay Area Admirals that saw him go 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, including the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning. Dorraugh was on base against the Admirals all week. Two games prior, Dorraugh went 2-for-3, along with two walks and two runs scored.
Dorraugh is coming off a career year in his redshirt junior season at San Jose State. Selected to the Second-Team All-Mountain West team, Dorraugh hit .324 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 58 games played. Dorraugh and San Jose State won the Mountain West title, earning the Spartans’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2002.
Dorraugh will now try and parlay his early success to the Prune Packers’ third-consecutive CCL State Championship.
CCL South Division // Pitcher of the Week
Santa Barbara Foresters and University of Nevada righty Kolby Kmetko secured the inaugural 2023 CCL South Pitcher of the Week honors with a resounding performance against the Conejo Oaks. Kmetko looked formidable in his season debut last week against the Blues, striking out four and allowing no runs in a 4.0-inning start.
The Phoenix, Ariz. native had a huge opportunity to build upon the impressive outing on Saturday, but it wouldn’t be easy – he was starting against a Conejo squad that entered the contest undefeated on the league season. Facing a scorching lineup did not matter to Kmetko, who threw 6.0 scoreless innings and struck out five en route to the victory.
Kmetko is just two months removed from a productive junior campaign in Reno, his first as a member of the Wolf Pack. The usual reliever adopted a closer role in 2023, finishing the season with the second-most appearances on the team (23) and tied for the seventh-most single-season saves (8) in program history.
CCL South Division // Hitter of the Week
San Luis Obispo Blues and San Jose State shortstop, Theo Hardy, dominated at the plate this week as no pitching staff he faced could keep him off the bases. It was the first action this season for the Berkely native, but it did not take him long to warm up.
He started with an efficient performance against the then-undefeated Conejo Oaks, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs.
Hardy made sure the Blues would not lose the next matchup against the Orange County Riptide though, recording a hit in all five of his at-bats in a 5-1 win. He ended the night with two runs, two RBI, a double and a 1.900 OPS, and totaled over half of his team’s hits. It came against no easy opponent either, as Riptide left-handed pitcher, Evan Vasilou, has given up just four hits in his 8.0 innings pitched this season. Hardy is responsible for two of them.
In his next outing against Orange County, Hardy was a mainstay on the base paths tallying three walks, a run, and an RBI.
The senior is coming off an All-Mountain-West First Team campaign this season where he led the Spartans with a .329 batting average while tallying 71 hits, 43 runs, 32 walks and 27 RBI, all career-highs. Hardy batted 8-for-20 in the Mountain West Championships, helping the Spartans win the conference tournament and earn a trip to the 2023 NCAA Regionals.
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