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Former Billings Royal Joe Zimmer earns national award

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Billings sophomore Joe Zimmer is the Division III National Player of the Week, awarded by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association, after leading Whitman College to four straight baseball wins. 
 
Zimmer hit for an .818 average, going 18-for-22 at the plate, including a current streak of 15 consecutive at-bats with a hit. The remarkable feat sets a Whitman College program record and a Northwest Conference record. It also ties the current NCAA record for most consecutive hits; meaning a first at-bat hit this weekend would make Zimmer the lone record holder across all divisions of NCAA baseball.
 
"Tying the NCAA record for consecutive hits is an amazing feat and Joe, being one of the hardest workers I've ever coached, could not be more deserving," said head coach Brian Kitamura about his sophomore third baseman. "I am extremely proud of him and how he's helped lead our team during this stretch, especially knowing that he's going up there (to the plate) focusing one at-bat at a time, on the situation and on doing what's best for the team."
 
Zimmer finished 3-for-6 against Hamline University, with all three hits coming in his final three at-bats. After going a combined 7-for-7 at the plate and drawing three walks against Bethany Lutheran, Zimmer polished off the weekend with another astounding 5-for-5 day against Aurora University. Combined with the three walks, Zimmer has reached base 18 consecutive times, two shy of the NCAA Division III record.
 
In addition to his astonishing hitting streak, Zimmer also accumulated 11 RBIs, scored 12 runs and collected five doubles over a 4-1 five game span in Arizona. He was also named the NWC Player of the Week on Monday.
 

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