Derek Pihlaja of Central Lakes College was the Southern Division Pitcher of the Week in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference for the week of May 8. Derek, a sophomore right-hander from Menahga, threw a five-hit shutout vs. No. 2-ranked Riverland in the opening game of the conference play-offs to determine regional berths. Derek threw only 82 pitches while going the distance, striking out four and walking one. Coach Pat Held said it was a well-deserved honor for Derek.