Steffensen runs remarkable hitting streak to 26 games for Mesa

March 12, 2018

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Paul Steffensen

Kenai’s Paul Steffensen is piecing together one of the finest hitting performances among college players from Alaska.

Like. Ever.

The freshman outfielder with Mesa Community College extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a solid 3-for-8 effort in a doubleheader split against Cochise College in Arizona.

Official records are not kept for hitting streaks, but my research revealed that Steffensen’s current stretch is the longest in recent memory among Alaskans at the college level.

Steffensen, of Kenai High fame, leads the league in triples and ranks second with a .450 batting average in 100 at-bats.

He has played in 27 games – one more than his streak – because he entered one game as a pinch runner in the seventh inning but did not get a plate appearance.

The former Alaska Legion State Tournament MVP has compiled 29 runs, 22 RBIs and 10 extra-base hits, including five triples.

He’s also 12-for-12 on stolen bases.

Steffensen doesn’t go to the plate just looking to take his hacks. He’s patient and precise in what pitches he selects to swing his bat.

The 5-foot-9 speedster has walked [8] more than he’s struck out [6] and owns a .495 on-base percentage.