August 13, 2012

Sacred Heart Summer Baseball Notebook - August 13

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 final installment of the Sacred Heart Summer Baseball Notebook.  It was the summer of the pitcher for the SHU players spending their summers playing in collegiate leagues around the country.  They closed the summer campaign much as they did in defending SHU's NEC title in 2012 – by owning the mound.

First however, let's check in on the position players. John Murphy (Seymour, CT) finished his all-star summer with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League with a .308 average (32-104) with four homeruns, six stolen bases, 16 RBI, and 18 runs.  He finished the season playing in the league All-Star game, coming off the bench for the West team to work a walk and going 0-1 overall in a 1-1 tie on July 28.

Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) did not play after June 30 for Top Speed Baseball in the Pacific West Baseball League, but was named an All Star in finishing his season .293 with two homeruns, seven doubles, 11 runs, and 15 RBI in 75 at bats.  His team would go on to win the PWBL championship.

Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) finished his summer on a high note in the NECBL with the Mystic Schooners.  In his final appearance of the summer, the lefty shut down North Adams on four hits in seven innings, walking one with a season-best eight strikeouts and did not allow a run in an 8-1 win.  The win put him at 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in eight appearances, including four starts and a total of 28.2 innings.  He struck out 27 and walked 14.

Meanwhile, the four starting pitchers from the 2012 rotation all had incredible summers. Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) logged a terrific season for the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League in North Carolina.  He closed the summer 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in six games (five starts) and 30.1 innings, giving up 22 hits with 20 strikeouts and nine walks.  In his last two starts, however, he was almost unhittable. He finished the regular season by earning the win over Wilmington on July 30 with 5.1 innings, allowing one run on only one hit with five strikeouts and two walks.  He followed that up with a dominating performance over Martinsville on August 6, a 5-1 win in Round One of the playoffs.  He pitched seven shutout innings with a 11 strikeouts, and only yielded a walk and three hits.

In the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, the other two members of SHU's NEC Champion starting rotation dominated for their summer teams as well.  Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) did work over 11 games, seven on which were starts.  He finished 4-1 with a 3.29 ERA for the Shelter Island Bucks, logging 41 innings and scattering 40 hits but also striking out 40.  Robbie Maguire (Brooklyn, NY) bested him with a 5-1 record and 2.52 ERA for the Staten Island Bucks.  He threw two shutouts and went the distance in two of his six starts, striking out 45 and surrendered 35 hits in 36.1 innings.

Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) closed out a solid summer with the Holyoke Blue Sox of the NECBL, going 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA in seven appearances and three starts.  He logged 22.2 innings and walked seven while striking out 18, scattering 34 hits.  His SHU teammate, Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT) also put together solid totals after joining Holyoke in mid-July, hitting .288 (19-66) with two homeruns, three doubles, and 14 RBI in 24 games.  He went 2-4 with a double and an RBI the season-finale, a 6-5 win over Danbury on August 1.

Also in the ACBL, Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) made the most of his opportunities on base for the Sag Harbor Whalers.  Although eh only hit .194 (18-93), he did go a perfect 8-8 stealing bases and scored 11 runs as well.  Also, Nate Newhall (Stamford, CT) appeared in five games for the North Jersey Eagles, who went on to win the ACBL Championship.

That will do it until next spring, as the players rest up for Fall Ball here in the dog days of August after the combination of a long spring and summer.  Until then, here's hoping your big league teams are still in the pennant and wild card races, that you stay cool in the final days of the summer of 2012, and that you get out to a ballgame!