With the Western Canadian Baseball League season a little over a month away, the Moose Jaw Miller Express roster is quickly taking shape.
The local squad recently announced the signing of outfielder Nate Mensik, with the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Pleasant Dale, Neb. product bringing an impressive winning pedigree north of the border.
A redshirt sophomore with the NAIA Doane University Tigers of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Mensik has seen plenty of success in his two seasons on the field with the Tigers. That includes a 21-7 conference record and 35-19-1 mark overall in the 2020-21 campaign as Doane went all the way to the GPAC conference finals before eventually falling to NAIA World Series-bound Concordia.
This season, things are going even better. Doane is currently atop the GPAC standings with an 18-2 record and are also 29-8 overall.
Mensik has played no small part in that success.
The Milford High School grad is currently hitting .288 on the season with an .852 on-base-plus-slugging-percentage (OPS). That includes five home runs, 11 doubles and 30 runs batted in through 37 games.
And if you’d like an idea of what Mensik is capable of when he gets hot at the plate, just look at the Tigers’ game against Southwest Assemblies of God University back on Feb, 12. Mensik would put together a 4-for-5 showing that included two home runs, five runs scored and 10 runs batted in as Doane pounded out a 29-3 win.
More recently, Mensik saw a 14-game hit streak snapped and currently has reached base in 18 of his last 19 games.
As a freshman, Mensik hit .172 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 29 games.
You can follow along with the remainder of the season for Mensik and Doane University at www.doaneathletics.com.
The Moose Jaw Miller Express open their 2022 WCBL campaign on Friday, May 27 when they host the Medicine Hat Mavericks at Ross Wells Park.