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California Summer Leagues 1st and 3rd Place Disputes

 

 

The 1st and 2nd Place Dispute:

There are two teams fighting for a 1st place finish in the California Collegiate Summer League. The Santa Barbara Foresters have a 3 game lead on the San Luis Obispo Blues, and ultimately the challenge for both teams will be pitching down the final stretch of the summer season. This is how the two teams stack up against each other:

Pitching:

Santa Barbara Foresters:

  • Chris Joyce: 1.59, 5-0, 39.2, 52K

    • 2010 Fr. Central Arizona CC

    • LHP 6’0/190

  • Hoby Milner: 2.33, 3-0, 27, 33K

    • 2010 Fr. University of Texas

    • LHP 6’2/165

  • Cody Martin: 1.20, 1-0, 15, 23K (7SV)

    • 2010 Jr. Gonzaga University

    • RHP 6’3/210

San Luis Obispo Blues:

  • Chris O’Connell: 0.66, 2-1, 27.1, 33K

    • 2010 So. Cal State Fullerton

    • RHP 6’5/195

  • Ryan Woolley: 2.57, 2-0, 28, 40K

    • 2010 Jr. University of Alabama Birmingham

    • RHP 6’1/190

  • Brock Duke: 2.05, 2-1, 30.2, 38K

    • 2010 Fr. Utah University

    • RHP 6’2/220

 

  • The Foresters are on a 12 game winning streak and have the best team pitching in the league.

In order for the Blues to beat the Foresters, Chris O’Connell will have to continue pitching like he did in his last game on July 16th against the Packers. O’Connell pitched an 8 inning gem where he allowed only 2 hits, 0 runs, and struck out 12 batters.

Hitting:

Santa Barbara Foresters:

  • Nick Melino: .368, 19RBI, .461/.547

    • 2010 So. University of Nevada

    • OF 6’0/205

  • Jeff McVaney: .358, 24RBI, .421/.550

    • 2010 So. Texas State

    • INF 6’2/210

  • Jeremy Rathjen: .298, 21RBI, .384/.489

    • 2010 So. Rice University

    • OF 6’5/190

San Luis Obispo Blues:

  • Matt Juengel: .406, 19RBI, .442/.552

    • 2010 Jr. Texas A&M
    • INF 6’1/190
  • A.J Robinson: .323, 16RBI, .442/.421

    • 2010 So. Scottsdale CC
    • OF 6’1/180
  • Ryan Aguayo: .320, 17RBI, .404/.410

    • 2010 Sr. New Mexico State
    • INF 6’0/190

 

  • The Blues have a good chance of catching up to the Foresters. Rafael Neda joined the Blues after playing in the NCAA Regional with the New Mexico Lobos. Since joining the Blues, Neda has added a great deal of power and run production capability to this team. In 17 games and 74 at bats, Neda has hit .311, with 23 hits, 2 homeruns, and 17 RBI’s. Batting right behind Juengal in the 5th spot, Neda recently went 2 for 5 with a run scored and another driven in against the Packers.
  • On July 23rd through the 25th the Blues and the Foresters face off on a 3 game series that can ultimately decide which of the two teams claim the leagues 1st place finish.

 

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The 3rd Place Dispute:

The MLB Academy Barons and the Santa Maria Packers have their share of struggles this summer. The Barons with their pitching, the Packers with their hitting, and right now only a game and a half separate the two from deciding which team finishes in 3rd place. It’s unlikely that either of these teams make a serious run for anything higher in the standings, and with only about 2 and a half weeks left of the season, the Barons were recently swept by a tough Forester team, while the Packers lost 2 out of 3 against the Blues. The two teams will not face each other again this summer, but the two teams are fueled and motivated by the following players:

Pitching:

MLB Academy Barons:

  • Joe Spizzirri: 4.55, 3-2, 27.2, 12K

    • 2010 Jr. Norte Dame University

    • LHP 6’3/205

  • Jr. Bromberg: 3.75, 3-1, 36, 37K

    • 2010 Jr. Cal State Los Angeles

    • RHP 6’2/200

  • Antonio Peraza: 5.53, 3-1, 27.2, 32K

    • 2010 So. Compton CC

    • LHP 6’2/208

Santa Maria Packers:

  • Matt Morris: 2.23, 2-1, 36.1, 19K

    • 2010 So. Duke University

    • LHP 6’3/200

  • Alex Oberle: 3.00, 1-0, 33, 28K

    • 2010 Sr. South Dakota University

    • RHP 6’0/170

  • Ryan Plum: 3.21, 3-2, 47.2, 36K

    • 2010 Sr. Oklahoma Baptist University

    • RHP 6’6/220

 

  • The Packers are in trouble is Ryan Plum continues to struggle. In his last couple of starts Plum has gone 9 innings and has allowed 16 hits, and 7 runs. Much of the same struggles have been experienced by the Barons. None of their 3 top starters have gone past 4 innings and have only combined for a total of 10.2 innings. In that time, they’ve allowed 18 hits, 12 earned runs, and 6 walks. For any of these teams to pull away with the 3rd place position in the leagues standings, their pitching will have to be stepped up.

Hitting:

MLB Academy Barons:

  • Brett Vertigan: .314, 9RBI, .395/.448

    • 2010 So. Saddleback CC

    • OF 5’10/175

  • Shane Boras: .318, 4RBI, .384/.348

    • 2010 So. USC

    • INF 5’10/175

  • Derek Eligio: .350, 12RBI, .385/.467

    • 2010 Jr. Cal State Santa Barbara

    • OF 6’1/185

Santa Maria Packers:

  • James Brooks: .341, 19RBI, .392/.489

    • 2010 Fr. Cochise CC

    • INF 6’2/185

  • Chris Malloroy: .331, 16RBI, .471/.438

    • 2010 Jr. Cal State University of Fresno

    • INF 5’10/180

  • Kyle Pond: .283, 19RBI, .426/.446

    • 2010 Sr. Cal State Dominguez

    • UT 5’10/190

 

  • The Barons have used a variety of players to come from behind and win games this summer. There is no individual that has completely broken down pitchers with power or radical run production, but with the recent hot hitting of Mark Haddow and Darrell Hudson, the Barons could have a few more surprises left in the lineup.

 

 

 

By Adrian Nevarez
DFN Sports Staff Writer

 

 


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