Kelowna Hurler Max Carter of Cal State Bakersfield *Credit Photo to Greystoke Photography
The West Coast League Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league president Donnie Marbut, are Fresno State junior catcher Joe Prior of the Victoria HarbourCats and Cal State Bakersfield junior hurler Max Carter of the Kelowna Falcons for the week of July 11-17.
Carter, a senior-to-be two-way player at CSUB, led Kelowna to six wins vs. Kitsap to wrap the week; propelling the Falcons into first place in the North Division second-half standings.
This past , Max took a no-hitter into the 8th inning vs. the BlueJackets and finished with a complete game 8-1 win at Kitsap’s Gene Lobe Field. He struck out 7 while walking two and allowing only two hits and a run. Carter also pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the opener of Kelowna’s series at Kitsap. For the week, he went 7-for-20 at the plate as a designated hitter and first baseman.
Carter is hitting .254 this summer and is 1-0 on the mound with a 1.92 ERA over 5 appearances and 14 innings pitched. This past spring at CSUB, he went 0-8 with a 7.47 ERA over 53 innings pitched, 15 appearances and 8 starts. And as an infielder, he made 56 starts, registered 179 at bats and hit .285.
Prior, a senior-to-be at Fresno State, leads the 28-8 HarbourCats in RBIs with 22. He’s hitting .325 with 4 doubles and 4 homers this summer. This past week, he went 11-for-20 and posted a .609 OBP with 4 runs scored, a double, homer and 5 RBIs.
At FSU, Prior made 14 starts, appeared in 33 games and hit .206 with 2 HR and 11 RBIs over 68 at bats.