Austintown native Joe Wielbruda made a name for himself on area baseball diamonds, both at Ursuline High School and and in the Babe Ruth League. Now a starter for the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, he has been named to the College Baseball 360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for his recent performance against Georgia Southern.
The Primetime Performer awards program looks beyond statistics to recognize players based on such things as quality of opponent, contribution to team success and situational factors such as clutch play, all-around performance, leadership, adversity overcome, etc.
Wielbruda recorded multiple hits in all four games over the weekend series against Georgia Southern helping North Florida to a 3-1 overall record. The transfer led the team with three extra base hits with two doubles and the team's only triple of the weekend. Wielbruda had an extra base hit in three of the four games played and scored at least one run in each game. The second baseman led the team in hits, runs scored, doubles, triples and total bases.
Austintown native Joe Wielbruda has been named to the College Baseball 360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for his play at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
He finished the weekend with a .474 batting average, going 9-for-19 with six runs scored. He also recorded three hits off of Georgia Southern's Chris Beck, who is predicted to be a first round draft pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Wielbruda did not strike out in 19 plate appearances. In addition to his offensive production, the speedy Wielbruda also added a stolen base.
Wielbruda was perfect in the field in 28 attempts with 13 putouts and 15 assists while helping North Florida turn eight double plays in four games.
The second baseman had a good basis for his award-winning performance, earning full scholarships to both Midland College and the University of North Florida. At Ursuline, Wielbruda helped lead the Irish to three district championships, two regional championships, to the 2007 state semifinals and the 2006 state finals. While suiting up for the Fighting Irish, Wielbruda was named First Team All Area as a sophomore, junior and senior and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Ohio State championship game by WNIO Radio.
Spending summers on the diamond for R7J Trucking, he helped lead his team to the league championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and was named to the All-Defensive Team in the 2007 Babe Ruth World Series.
After high school, Wielbruda headed to the 2009 Arizona Winter League where he helped the Yuma Scorpions to the championship, while boasting the highest batting average at .453. At Midland College in Midland, Texas, he helped the Chaparrals score 67 wins in two season and was named the school's Most Outstanding Defensive Players for his work in the infield. Just as fierce behind the plate, he boasted a .428 batting average as a freshman and a .429 clip as a sophomore and in two seasons recorded 165 hits, 97 runs scored, 26 doubles, three triples with 52 RBIs. For his hard work, he was named First Team All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference before heading to Jacksonville.