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Red-hot Haerther named player of the week

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Winnipeg Goldeyes First baseman Casey Haerther hit for a .629 average, took four walks, and slammed out five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in eight games last week.

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Winnipeg Goldeyes First baseman Casey Haerther hit for a .629 average, took four walks, and slammed out five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in eight games last week. Photo Store

As the Winnipeg Goldeyes blazed their way to a record-setting 11-game win-streak, red-hot hitter Casey Haerther was in the driver’s seat.

The Fish first baseman was named the American Association player of the week on Monday, his second time being pegged for the honour in just three weeks. It wasn’t a tough call for the league to make: in eight games last week, the 26-year-old swatted for a stunning .629 average, took four walks, and slammed out five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI. In seven of those eight games, he notched more than one hit.

After that big week, Haerther now leads the league with a .425 average, a 66-point lead above his nearest rival for the batting title. He’s also registered more hits, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases than any other hitter in the league, and his .635 slugging number also leads the way.

This is the fourth time this season a Goldeye has been named the league’s player of the week. Catcher Luis Alen won the honour on June 8, and shortstop Tyler Kuhn was the first to be awarded the title this season.

Now, the steamrolling Goldeyes (34-14) are gearing up for a 10-day homestand, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the first of three against the Sioux City Explorers.

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