Panthers' Laudondo Named MCL Pitcher of the Week

08/09/2021 10:18 AM -

Chicago, Ill. – Aug. 9, 2021 – The Midwest Collegiate League announced its final set of weekly awards for the 2021 season on Monday.

Crestwood pitcher Michael Laudondo (Rockhurst / Westchester, Ill.) was named the MCL Pitcher of the Week, while Southland’s Luke Sefcik (Central Michigan / Palos Heights, Ill.) was tabbed MCL Player of the Week.

Laudondo tossed six shutout innings of one-hit ball on Tuesday to lift the Panthers to a road victory over Joliet, a key performance that helped Crestwood nail down its first postseason berth and the No. 3 seed for the MCL Playoffs this week. Laudondo racked up a season-high 12 strikeouts, his second straight double-figure punchout performance, while yielding just two walks. He finished the season with a 2-1 record and 2.70 ERA to go along with 37 strikeouts and nine walks.

Sefcik boasted a .571 average and .625 on-base percentage over four games this week, accruing seven RBIs and two triples. His week was highlighted by a four-hit game against the Minutemen on Monday, Aug. 2. Sefcik also had three multi-RBI games this week. He finished the season with a .333 batting average and 22 RBIs.

The MCL Playoffs will begin on Tuesday with all postseason games taking place at Oil City Stadium. The Panthers and Generals will match up at 4:10 p.m. in Game 1 of a best-of-three semifinal series before the Oilmen and Vikings do the same at approximately 7:40 p.m. Tickets will be available at the stadium box office. The Panthers/Generals game will air on Facebook Live on the Crestwood Panthers page and the Oilmen/Vikings game will air on AM 1230 WJOB and JED-TV.

The MCL will announce its major award winners and all-league team next week.  

2021 MCL Player of the Week Award Winners

June 7 – Tyler Schultz, Crestwood

June 14 – Tre’ Hondras, CAG 

June 21 – Zamaurion Hatcher, NWI

June 28 – Christian Seegers, Joliet 

July 5 – Colin Bruce, NWI

July 12 – Josh Williams, CAG (unanimous)

July 19 – Kevin McCormick, NWI (unanimous)

July 26 – Doug Loden, Minutemen

Aug. 2 – Chris McDevitt, Southland

Aug. 9 – Luke Sefcik, Southland

2021 MCL Pitcher of the Week Award Winners

June 7 – Benny Guevara, Crestwood

June 14 – Jake Paymaster, Southland

June 21 – Nick Vollmert, Joliet

June 28 – Jack Guzek, NWI

July 5 – Jake Paymaster, Southland 

July 12 – Nick Miketinac, NWI

July 19 – Matt Lelito, NWI

July 26 – Matt Dinkel, Joliet

Aug. 2 – Jake Paymaster, Southland

Aug. 9 – Michael Laudondo, Crestwood