At the same time Beau Kerns is making history on the mound, Lewis-Clark State teammate Cabe Reiten is leaving his mark at the plate. Both are pocketing awards.
On the heels of yet another complete game, Kerns was selected as the Red Lion NAIA West Pitcher of the Week while Reiten, who has hit safely in every game this season, bagged the award for position players.
Kerns went the distance for the third consecutive game in last week’s home opener, an 11-0 win over Western Oregon. The right-hander tossed 129 pitches and held the Wolves, an NCAA Division II squad, to just six hits and one walk while recording nine strikeouts.
A senior from Lewiston High School, Kerns is the first Warrior pitcher to throw three straight complete games since 2002, when Andy Torres produced a string of four consecutive such outings. Kerns is also the first LCSC hurler to notch three complete games in a season since 2008, when Matt Fitts, the ace of a staff that led the Warriors to their 16th national championship, accomplished the feat.
Reiten, a transfer from Gonzaga University, was arguably the Warriors’ most productive hitter in the four-game series with Western Oregon. He turned in a pair of three-hit games to go with two home runs, five runs scored and six RBIs.
The junior second baseman is batting .417 this season and has notched at least one hit in each of the Warriors’ 15 games. The longest hit streak by a Warrior to begin a season is 24, a mark reached by Keith Habig in 1996, while the longest hit streak in school history is 30 games, a record Justin Fuller set in 2004.
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