Raper Claims SAC AstroTurf Baseball Player of Week Honor


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba’s Jackson Raper was named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Baseball Player of the Week, while Lenoir-Rhyne’s Hayden Gresham was named AstroTurf Baseball Pitcher of the Week for games played during the final week of the 2020 season. The conference office announced the awards on Tuesday.
Raper, a senior third baseman from Concord, N.C., led the Catawba Indians to a pair of non-conference wins over Ohio Dominican and California (Pa.) last week. He was nearly unstoppable at the plate as he batted .800 with four home runs, a double, six runs scored and 10 RBIs. In addition he had an .800 on-base percentage and an astounding 2.100 slugging percentage.
Gresham, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Charlotte, N.C., picked up a non-conference win over Lake Erie last week after throwing four innings, allowing no runs and scattering four hits with three strikeouts.
This is Raper’s first Player of the Week honor this season, while this also marks the first Pitcher of the Week for Gresham.

2020 AstroTurf SAC Baseball Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Jaden Steagall, Tusculum
Feb. 11 – Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
Feb. 18 – Luis Ezra, Tusculum
Feb. 25 – Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
March 3 – Lee Poteat, Catawba
March 10 – McCann Mellett, Wingate
March 17 – Jackson Raper, Catawba

2020 AstroTurf SAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 4 – Tomas Sorcia Jr., Newberry
Feb. 11 – John DeFazio, Coker
Feb. 18 – Lucas Smith, Anderson
Feb. 25 – Lucas Smith, Anderson
March 3 – Quinton Driggers, Newberry
March 10 – Mac Callari, Wingate
March 17 – Hayden Gresham, Lenoir-Rhyne

AstroTurf is an official corporate partner of the South Atlantic Conference and title sponsor of the Conference's Player of the Week awards program.

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