West pitcher Wilson named Alaska Athlete of the Week

July 27, 2020

Anchorage baseball player Leland Wilson was named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s Alaska Athlete of the Week after his dominant performance on the first day of the Alliance Baseball League State Tournament.

An 18-year-old left-handed pitcher for the West Eagles, Wilson tossed a 2-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over defending state champion Juneau at Mulcahy Stadium.

Wilson fanned seven in the first three innings and struck out the side in the seventh and final inning. He was five shy of matching the tournament record of 21 strikeouts, recorded by Kenai’s Marshall Boze in a nine-inning game in 1988.

Wilson, the 2020 Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year, is headed to NCAA D1 Texas Tech this fall.

The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.