Grizzlies' West is Pitcher of the Week

News-DemocratJune 2, 2014 

— Gateway Grizzlies starting pitcher Ja'Vaun West has been selected by Pointstreak as the Frontier League Pitcher of the Week.

West is the second Gateway pitcher to earn the honor this season. Aaron Newcomb , a native of Carlyle, was the Pitcher of the Week in Week One.

West, 24, fired 7 2/3 strong innings to help lead the Grizzlies to a 2-1 win against the Frontier Greys Sunday night at GCS Ballpark.

West (3-0) allowed only three hits and one run while earning his third win in his third start. The right-hander from Atlanta, Mo. retired 16 straight batters at one point and tied his career-high with ten strikeouts, helping the Grizzlies pick up the series win.

The former University of Indianapolis star pitched five innings allowing only one run on Monday in the Grizzlies Memorial Day win over the Greys.

After three starts, West has a 3-0 record and a 0.91 ERA. He has 24 strikeouts and only four walks.

The Grizzlies were off Monday. Gateway will contine its homestand Tuesday with the first game of a three-game series against the Rockford Aviators.

Right-hander Dejai Oliver (2-1) will make the start for the Grizzlies.

Gateway then departs for a 3-game series at Windy City over the upcoming weekend.

For single game, season and group ticket information, call 618-337-3000.

Last week

The Grizzlies hit the road at Schaumburg earlier last week and took one game out of a three-game set against the Boomers. Gateway then came back home to kick off a 6-game homestand in the friendly confines of GCS Ballpark on Friday night. The Grizzlies won a three-game series against the Greys over the weekend, with wins on Friday and Sunday evening. Gateway now sits at 11-5 on the season.

Gateway sits at the top of the West Division in first place.

Here are some numbers: The Grizzlies pitching staff leads the league in team ERA and batting average against. The Gateway offense leads the league in runs scored, walks, and RBIs.

Upcoming promotions

Tuesday is a Military Tuesday and MVP Program night. It's also the Illinois Center for Autism Night.

There also is great giveaway Thursday night. The Grizzlies will be giving away seat cushions and it's Grandparents Night presented by Bott Radio.

Video board

If you haven't seen it yet, the new Grizzlies video scoreboard is up. The board features videos, graphics, and cameras are all over the stadium.

Quote of the week

It comes from Gateway starting pitcher Ja'Vaun West.

West went nearly eight innings last night against the Greys and allowed only one run. In three starts, West has a 0.92 ERA.

West was asked after Sunday night's game this question: What's your potential here in 2014?

West's answer was: "My potential is out of my hands. I give it to my defense and my catcher. I have faith in them. As long as my defense has my back, I'll be successful."

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