"Summer School" is where we check in with the collegiate summer baseball leagues of New England. We kick things off with the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, who have jumped from four teams in their inaugural season, to nine in just their second year of existence.
The North Shore Navigators have gotten off to a hot start behind new bench boss Richie Hebner. The first place Navs (11-3) have gotten a balanced offensive attack, led by some solid hitting from outfielders Tony Serino (.396 batting average) and Tim Hendriks (.372). Third baseman Ryan Muno has collected the only two home runs for the team thus far, but the team has amassed 30 extra-base hits and has scored 80 runs. From the hill, the relief crew has tallied six wins with Baylor senior Miles Landry leading the league with three. Shrewsbury native and Suffolk junior Josh Desai has impressed in his three starts, allowing only one earned run in 21 innings for a 0.43 ERA, second best in the league.
The defending champion Nashua Silver Knights are nipping at the heels of the Navigators as they sit two games back with a 9-5 record. Offensively they are led by Bentley senior, and 2011 FCBL batting champion Logan Gillis, who leads the league in batting average (.491) and RBIs (15). Gillis has ten multi-hit games and has hit safely in twelve of fourteen. Recent Lexington (Mass.) High School grad and B.C. bound first baseman Chris Shaw is tied for the league lead with four home runs. Starting pitcher Chris Good, a University of New Mexico product, has been solid in three starts, going 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA. Good has gone seven or more innings over his last two starts, notching wins in each of those appearances.
The Torrington Titans (7-5) and the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tides (7-6) are the only other teams over .500 at this point in the season.
The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs have had a rough start to their inaugural season. Currently in last place with a 4-12 mark, the Dawgs have been outscored 110-22 in their losses, have been shutout four times and have allowed double-digit run totals on six occasions. The bright spots for Wachusett have been pitchers Jeff Anderson (17 strikeouts) and Northeasternís Mike Murphy (16).
Recent Lawrence Academy grad and future Wake Forest hurler Max Tishman is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts for Brockton. The Rox, who have a 5-8 record this season, have won in all three of Tishmanís starts.
Infielder Anyelo Roman of the Seacoast Mavericks picked up Player of the Week honors for the period ending on June 24th. The Lowell, Mass. native batted .550 over five games with two doubles, four home runs, ten runs, and nine RBIs.
Old Orchard Beach RHP Henry Van Zant grabbed his second Pitcher of the Week honor this season. The Bowdoin College sophomore struck out nine batters in four innings of relief work and only allowed one batter to reach base. In 11 1/3 innings of work this season he is 1-0 with 2 saves, 23 strikeouts and has only allowed two walks and four singles.
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