Ross, Palmer are leading college home run hitters from Alaska

May 1, 2019
Ben Ross baseball

Ben Ross

When it comes to the top college baseball home run hitters from Alaska, the main power source hails from the Valley.

Wasilla’s Ben Ross of Corban University and Palmer’s 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, of Colony High fame, 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.

Matt Palmer baseball

Matt Palmer

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, of Colony High fame, leads all Alaskans with 42 RBIs.

Paul Steffensen baseball

Paul Steffensen

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, of Kenai High fame, 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.

He has twice as many triples (12) as he does home runs (6) in his career in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.

Willy Homza baseball

Willy Homza

Homza, of South High fame, 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.

He has hit twice as many home runs this year than he did his his previous three seasons in the Ivy League.

Cesar, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, has been the hottest player in April with three homers and 12 RBIs since April 6.

Michael Cesar baseball

Michael Cesar

The freshman catcher ranks No. 3 among Alaskans with 26 RBIs in 30 games.

College Home Run Leaders from Alaska
8 – Ben Ross, Wasilla, Corban University
5 – Matthew Palmer, Palmer, Waldorf University
4 – Paul Steffensen, Kenai, Mesa Community College
4 – Willy Homza, Anchorage, Brown University
4 – Michael Cesar, Juneau, Pacific Lutheran University
2 – Cooper Bailey-Parsons, Anchorage, Olympic College
1 – Parker Johnson, Anchorage, Indiana Wesleyan University