Athlete of the Week: Phil Velez


ABBY FULLENKAMP Senior Phil Velez watches his hit during the game against Fort Wayne March 31, 2017. The Jacks are 7-20 overall and 5-5 in their conference.

Andrew Holtan

Year: Senior
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Major: Advertising

The South Dakota State baseball team played the Fort Wayne Mastodons in a three game series in Joplin, Missouri, over the weekend. The Jacks defeated the Mastodons in all three games 10-0, 7-2 and 13-9.

Outfielder Phil Velez led the Jacks in two of the three games, getting six hits in seven plate appearances. He also had seven runs batted in. Velez hit a walk-off grand slam in the third game. This was his second grand slam of the season.