Blue Dragon sophomore third baseman Ben McLaughlin was named the NJCAA Division I Baseball National Player of the Week on Wednesday. (Steve Carpenter/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
By HutchCC Sports Information
For the first time since 2019, the Hutchinson Community College baseball team had a player named NJCAA Division I National Player of the Week.
One day after earning Jayhawk Conference honors, Blue Dragon sophomore third baseman
earned national honors after a dazzling four-game series last week against Dodge City.
McLaughlin is the first Blue Dragon since Zane Schmidt on April 3, 2019 to earn national Player of the Week honors.
The sophomore from Golden, Colorado, had a huge series against Dodge City to lead the Blue Dragons to a series sweep.
McLaughlin hit .688 (11 for 16) and had a 1.438 slugging percentage with three doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs against the Conquistadors.
In the series opener, McLaughlin was 3 for 5 with five RBIs. He hit a go-ahead two-run home run in extra innings to complete a Blue Dragon comeback.
The Blue Dragon third baseman extended his hitting streak to 14 games after going 3 for 6 with two RBIs in Hutchinson’s 10-7 Game 1 victory over Fort Scott in the opening round of the Region VI opening-round series in Fort Scott.
McLaughlin is currently on a 13-game hitting streak where he is hitting .537 (29 for 44 with six home runs and 27 RBIs).