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Altoona’s Starling Marte Honored

By: Mike Vukovcan @MIKEVUKKDKA
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Mr. High School Sports is taking time to salute some of the WPIAL’s top regular season performers, including the batting champ in baseball, and the strikeout queen in softball…

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Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Altoona Curve outfielder Starling Marte has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending August 14th.

It is the first career Player of the Week award for Marte.

Marte, 22, batted .556 (15-for-27) during the week with four doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI and 10 runs scored during the week.

The Santo Domingo, D.R. also leads the league in hits (146), is fourth in doubles (32), second in runs scored (72) and second in total bases (220).

He’s played in 108 games this year, surpassing his previous season-high of 68 in 2010 with Bradenton and the GCL Pirates. The 32 doubles, six triples and 10 home runs are all new career highs for the 22-year-old Marte. His 44 runs driven in tie a career high, which he set back in 2008 with the DSL Pirates.

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