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RailCats Lentini Wins Northern League Player of the Week Award

August 30, 2005 - Northern League (NL) News Release

Outfielder Fehlandt Lentini of the Gary SouthShore RailCats and righthander Matt Hammons of the St. Paul Saints have been selected as the Rawlings Northern League Player and Pitcher of the Week for August 22-28, it was announced today by the league office.

Lentini batted .469 (15-32) with three homers and eight rbi in seven games for the RailCats last week. The righthanded batter led the Northern League in runs (9), homers, total bases (28), and slugging percentage (.875), tied for first in hits, tied for second in rbi and was fourth in average.

For the season, Lentini is hitting .343 with 10 homers and 57 rbi in 85 games with Calgary and Gary. He is tied for third in the league in triples (7), ranks fourth in runs (75), hits (124), and stolen bases (28), and has the sixth best average. Since joining the RailCats on August 9, Lentini has a .350 average with four homers and 15 rbi in 18 games.

Hammons pitched five scoreless innings in four appearances last week, issuing just three hits and recording three saves. He tied for the league high in games and saves for the week and allowed just two walks with six strikeouts.

The Northern League leader with 21 saves in 2005, Hammons is 0-3, 2.78 in 33 games with St. Paul. He has not allowed a run in his last 9.2 innings over eight games with two walks and 12 strikeouts.

Other players who received nominations were Juan Thomas of Calgary, Brent Krause of Fargo-Moorhead, Bryan Goelz of Joliet, Eric Vega of Kansas City, Bryan Warner of Lincoln, Nick Gretz of St. Paul, Jarrod Patterson of Schaumburg, Bobby Brown of Sioux City, and Harry Berrios of Winnipeg.

Pitchers receiving consideration were Calgary's J.P. Fauske, Fargo-Moorhead's Joe Sergent, Gary's Cody Fisher, Joliet's Nathan Kent, Kansas City's Greg Bicknell, Lincoln's Kyle Ruwe, Schaumburg's Brett Gray, Sioux City's Tom Lipiari, and Winnipeg's Ivan Hernandez.


The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks tied the Northern League record for wins in a season with a 9-2 victory over Calgary on Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field. The RedHawks are 64-25, matching Fargo-Moorhead's win total for the 1998 season (64-21). Fargo-Moorhead has won 11 straight and 24 of its last 25 games for 36-5 second half mark. The RedHawks have won both North Division halves in 2005, the second time in three years Fargo-Moorhead has accomplished that feat.

The RedHawks will play a Wild Card Team in the first round of the best of five Northern League playoffs, which open on September 6. The Gary SouthShore RailCats (50-40) hold a four-game lead over the Winnipeg Goldeyes (45-43) in the wild card standings. Gary (23-19) trails the Lincoln Saltdogs (24-17) by 1.5 games in the South Division second half race. First half champ St. Paul Saints (22-19) are two games back.

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