Ross, Palmer pace college home run hitters from Alaska
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 1, 2019
When it comes to the top college baseball home run hitters from Alaska, the main power source hails from the Valley.
Former Wasilla Legion Post 35 sluggers Ben Ross of Corban University and Matthew Palmer of Waldorf University have combined for 13 of the state’s 24 home runs and rank 1-2 in the race to be the home run king of the 907.
Ross is the leader in the clubhouse with eight homers in 43 games. The 6-foot-4 outfielder is a graduate student for the NAIA team in Salem, Oregon.
Ross hit home runs in three consecutive games in early April.
His 19 home runs over his last three seasons are the most for a college player from Alaska since Tyler Thompson of Anchorage bashed 17 home runs from 2014 to 2016 at Pacific Lutheran University.
The No. 2 home run hitter from Alaska is Palmer, who has five bombs in 48 games for the NAIA team in Forest City, Iowa.
Palmer hit home runs in back-to-back games in February.
Palmer leads all Alaskans with 42 RBIs.
Kenai's Paul Steffensen of Mesa Community College, Anchorage’s Willy Homza of Brown University and Juneau’s Michael Cesar of Pacific Lutheran University are tied for No. 3 with four home runs apiece.
Steffensen hit two homers in February and two more in April to go with a bunch of other extra-base hits.
The sophomore outfielder is batting .329 with 31 RBIs, 15 doubles and two triples in 41 games.
Homza belted all four of his dingers during a nine-game stretch in March for the NCAA D1 team in Providence, Rhode Island.
The senior infielder leads all Alaskans with a .435 on-base percentage and 35 walks in 36 games.
Cesar has been the hottest player in April with three homers and 12 RBIs since April 6.
The freshman catcher ranks No. 3 among Alaskans with 26 RBIs in 30 games.
College Home Run Leaders from Alaska
8 – Ben Ross, Wasilla Legion Post 35, Corban University
5 – Matthew Palmer, Wasilla Legion Post 35, Waldorf University
4 – Paul Steffensen, Kenai Legion Post 20, Mesa Community College
4 – Willy Homza, South Legion Post 4, Brown University
4 – Michael Cesar, Juneau Legion Post 25, Pacific Lutheran University
2 – Cooper Bailey-Parsons, Service Legion Post 28, Olympic College
1 – Parker Johnson, South Legion Post 4, Indiana Wesleyan University