Sacred Heart University Baseball SID and radio play-by-play voice Randy Brochu will be updating the progress of those Pioneers playing in collegiate summer leagues with the Sacred Heart Baseball Summer Notebook – a biweekly report throughout the summer season.
Hello SHU Baseball fans, and welcome to our second Sacred Heart Baseball Summer Notebook, our periodic check-in on the Pioneers who are continuing playing in collegiate summer leagues through the offseason. Here's hoping everyone enjoyed a good Fourth of July and that the dog days of summer are treating you well.
Let's start in the Cape Cod League, where shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT) is showing the consistency in one of the top collegiate summer leagues that he has shown throughout his first three seasons at SHU. Through 16 games with the Bourne Braves, the Pioneer senior captain is hitting an even .300 (18-60). He has shown some pop as well, hitting three homeruns with 10 RBI, and leads the team with four stolen bases.
Over on the other side of the country, Murphy's hometown friend and middle-of-the-order partner Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) is continuing the success from his breakout sophomore season in the Pacific West Baseball League with Top Speed Baseball. He was named to the PWBL All-Star Game after hitting .293 with two homeruns, seven doubles, 11 runs, and 15 RBI in 75 at bats. He will represent the club, out of Santa Rose, CA, at the All-Star game in Fresno, CA on July 11.
Checking in back on the east coast in the NECBL, Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) is racking up the K's with the Mystic Schooners. He has wiffed 15 in 13 innings over five games, including one start. He has pitched very well over his last two appearances, giving up just two hits and one earned run over his last 7.1 innings. On July 5, he did not factor in the decision, but gave up one earned run and one hit in 4.1 innings with seven strikeouts.
Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) has been solid since signing with the Holyoke Blue Sox, coming out of the bullpen three times and surrendering only two earned runs in 10 innings. In his first appearance with the team on June 27, he earned the win with four shutout innings against Sanford. He scattered two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Kerski has since been joined in Holyoke by fellow Pioneer Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT), who is hitting .239 (9-39) with a homerun, nine RBI, and four runs in 13 games. The outfielder/catcher with a very live arm even tried his hand at pitching on June 20 in a crazy 26-15 loss against Vermont, giving up two runs on two hits in two innings with a strikeout and no walks.
In the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) is a perfect 4-0 with the Shelter Island Bucks. The lefty has appeared in eight games, starting five and logging 31.2 innings. He has scattered 30 hits, struck out 31, and walked only 11.
Fellow starter Robbie Maguire (Brooklyn, NY) has logged about half the innings as Leiningen, but has been nearly untouchable in that time for the Staten Island Tide. He is a perfect 2-0 in three games with a 0.64 ERA and has allowed only one run, four walks, and seven hits to go along with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) is 10-60 (.167) in 21 games with the Sag Harbor Whalers. While he is off to slow start with the bat, the fleet-footed centerfielder is a perfect 4-4 in stolen base attempts. Nate Newhall (Stamford, CT) has appeared in two games for the North Jersey Eagles, giving up nine runs in eight innings.
We'll finish down south in the Coastal Plain Collegiate League, where senior captain Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) has migrated to finish out his summer with the Edenton Steamers. He has one start and one relief appearance, and is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in seven innings. He won his first start for the first-place Steamers, going six innings in a July 3 win over Morehead City. He scattered eight hits and gave up one earned run with four strikeouts and a walk.
Finally, congratulations to the 14 Pioneers who were named to the NEC Academic Spring Honor Roll. All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20, and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team. From the baseball team, they are:
Kenny Byram, Matt Charmello, Keaton Flint. Zach Gandee, Robert Griffith, John Hermanson, Derick Horn, James Ineson, Nick Morrissey, Hunter Phillips, Jonathan Servilla, Daniel Wertz, Jeff Stoddard, and James Cooksey. Stoddard, Wertz, and Cooksey also were named to the spring Commissioner's Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes with a 3.75 GPA or better. Read the entire release by following this link. http://www.sacredheartpioneers.com/sports/m-golf/2011-12/releases/2012061387xhnc
Check back in a couple weeks for the next edition of the Sacred Heart Baseball Summer Notebook. Until then stay cool and get out to a ballgame.