College of the Canyons center fielder Cole Kleszcz has been named the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) Southern California Player of the Week after a scorching four-game performance that has vaulted the freshman to the top of the state's home run leaderboard.
Kleszcz ended the week with a .588 batting average after going 10-for-17 with three walks, six home runs, 12 RBIs, 10 runs and two stolen bases over a four-game span from April 4-8.
The Valencia High School grad, who redshirted for the Cougars in 2016, homered in all four of COC's games, while also smacking two home runs in back-to-back contests. In Game 2 of COC's series with Antelope Valley College, Kleszcz went 4-for-6 with two home runs, three runs and five RBIs.
Kleszcz left the yard in five straight games to start the month of April, and currently leads the state with 14 home runs on the season after launching another round tripper in COC's 5-4 loss to Cypress College on Wednesday.
"Cole is having an outstanding freshman season as our leadoff hitter," said COC head coach Chris Cota. "His hard work has shown with his performance on the field."
Canyons (22-11, 12-2) is currently the No. 17 ranked team in the state according to the most recent California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA) State Top-20 Baseball poll, released on Thursday.