Featured Player of the Week

Andy Duran drilling a two base hit into the right center field gap. (Ed Berti)
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Andy Duran, Queens Grant Stallions 

The junior ended his third season with the Stallions under head coach Dan Kerr. The 6’0″ 175 pound junior had another solid season, although a notch below his All-State recognition he accomplished as a sophomore.

Duran’s stats are excellent and continue to mount up as one of the best players to come through the school’s program. This past week in the PAC 7 Conference Tournament he had one game where he hit a grand slam, went 2-3, with 5 RBI’s. Then he went on to pick up three more hits in the next two games, a stolen base, and obtain a save in the championship game to seal the victory.  He also, hit a ball deep to center field in the championship game that was caught on an outstanding diving catch which would have given him two additional RBI’s and broken the game wide open early in the contest.

On the season in 24 games he has a batting average of .411, 24 runs, 30 hits, 26 RBI’s, OBP .482, SLG .712, OPS 1.194 and 15 extra base hits. This includes 11 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs. When compared to his All-State season there is a drop-off, he hit .541, 43 runs, 40 hits, 27 RBI’s, OBP .598, SLG .932, OPS 1.530. However, he hit the ball with authority and had a few hard luck incidents during the season. This is what can make this game so frustrating as it impacts your numbers.

His overall career statistics are outstanding, he has a .429 batting average, 75 runs, 87 hits, 67 RBI’s, 26 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs. He packs a solid .487 OBP, SLG .748, OPS 1.236 with his senior year to be played in 2020.

The Mint Hill Times Sports Editor and staff congratulate Andy Duran for being selected this weeks “Featured Player of the Week.”

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