DARKE COUNTY — Both of this week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week have been leaders for their teams on the mound and at the plate.
This week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week are Bradford baseball player Brandon Wysong and Franklin Monroe softball player Kristen Stryker.
Wysong has been on an tear offensively, which continued on Thursday against Tri-Village when he went 4-for-6 with a home run and a couple RBI.
Going into that game he was hitting .487 on the season with a .535 on-base percentage in 43 plate appearances. He had four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 11 RBI, totals he added to against Tri-Village.
“He’s right on track,” Bradford baseball coach Shane Snyder said. “He picked up where he left off last year. He’s only struck out twice.”
The Bradford senior has been equally impressive on the mound as he has a 0.429 ERA in 16.1 innings. He’s only allowed one earned run in six games as he’s allowed eight hits and 13 walks to 31 strikeouts.
“Luckily for Brandon his defense has played well behind him,” Snyder said. “Everyone feeds off him.”
After this season Wysong will continue his baseball career at Baldwin Wallace University.
“He’s our leader,” Snyder said. “He’s our captain.”
Stryker has been equally as impressive for Franklin Monroe. On Thursday she limited Newton to one run and also drove in a run in the Jets’ 2-1 victory.
“She’s our leader, one of our leaders,” Franklin Monroe softball coach Mike Morris said. “We made her a captain this year. She’s focused.”
Stryker is leading her team with a .548 batting average this season. In addition to getting on base more than half of the time, she also is second on the team with 13 RBI.
“She’s just been driving, hitting the ball hard for us,” Morris said.
The Franklin Monroe junior also has been solid on the mound with a 3.22 ERA.
“She’s starting to trust her defense,” Morris said. “Last year we committed 78 errors as a team last year. This year I think we’ve maybe had six. She’s starting to get comfortable with that and allowing them to hit and hitting her spots and can’t say anything more about her.”