The Press Newspaper
The International League has named Toledo pitcher Blaine Hardy as the League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period from August 19-25.
Hardy was nearly perfect in his two starts last week, picking up wins in both games and allowing just four hits in 16 scoreless innings. The southpaw tossed a one-hitter on Monday, August 19 at Fifth Third Field against Gwinnett. Hardy dominated again when he took the hill Sunday in Louisville, throwing seven scoreless innings of three-hit baseball as the Mud Hens rolled to a 4-1 victory. Hardy improved his record to 6-1 since his June promotion from Double-A.
The 26-year-old Hardy is in his sixth season as a professional pitcher. He entered the 2013 season with 61 appearances at the Triple-A level, all coming with Omaha of the Pacific Coast League. He was released by the Royals this spring before being signed by the Tigers as a free agent. Hardy is a native of Seattle, Washington.
Hardy is the second Toledo player to be honored by the International League in 2013, joining Danny Dorn (July 8-14).
Thorne skated in 37 games with Toledo after being claimed off of waivers from Fort Wayne. With the Walleye he scored five goals, added six assists and 58 penalty minutes. The native of Mississauga, Ontario had two goals, one assist and 37 penalty minutes in 26 games last year with the Komets.
“We loved the energy and spark to the team that Stephon gave us night in and night out last year,” Coach Nick Vitucci said. “He is also a strong penalty killer and has that knack to do something on the ice right when we need it.”
His first professional season was in 2011-12 when he helped the Fort Wayne Komets win the CHL Championship. Thorne had 11 goals, 21 assists and 90 penalty minutes that first year. The six-foot, 180 pound forward appeared in 189 games in the Ontario Hockey League before turning professional with 32 goals, 25 assists and 236 penalty minutes over four seasons.
The 2013-14 season home opener is October 26 against the Wheeling Nailers. Walleye single game tickets and game plans are on sale now. Call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com. The Walleye play all of their home games at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.
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