Brandon Stephens earned Playoff MVP honors for the NYCBL champion Oneonta Outlaws.
Aug 15, 2013
ATHENS-----Ten Georgia Bulldogs participated in summer baseball wood-bat leagues across the country and several contributed to championships.
Here's a brief review of how they performed before returning to campus this week.
New York Collegiate Baseball League: Rising juniors Luke Crumley, Brandon Stephens and Heath Holder were key cogs for the NYCBL champion Oneonta Outlaws. Crumley earned NYCBL Pitcher of the Year honors while Stephens garnered Playoff Most Valuable Player honors. Both Crumley and Stephens were All-Star selections too.
Crumley displayed consistency throughout the summer, going 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA in nine appearances including seven starts. He had 41 strikeouts and 20 walks in 49 innings pitched including the playoffs.
During the regular season, Stephens batted .250 with five doubles, one triple and seven RBI in 26 games. Also, he made six appearances on the mound for a total of 6.1 innings with a 2.84 ERA and one save. Stephens batted .714 with four RBI during the post-season and tossed a pair of shutout innings. He registered a series-clinching save in the semifinals and closed out the championship with a scoreless ninth. This summer marked his first appearances on the mound since high school. Stephens, a two-year starter for the Bulldogs as a catcher, took a redshirt season in 2013 while recovering from elbow surgery.
Holder was a two-way contributor for the Outlaws too. In 27 games, he batted .216 with two doubles, one triple and 12 RBI while posting a 0-0 mark, 3 Saves, 3.72 ERA in 11 relief appearances. In 19.1 innings pitched, he had 24 strikeouts and only six walks. In the playoffs, he hit .278 and struck out five in two innings on the mound.
New England Collegiate Baseball League: Rising sophomores Daniel Nichols and David Sosebee were teammates for the Keene (N.H.) Swamp Bats who captured the NECBL title this past Wednesday in Newport, R.I.
Nichols played in 34 games and posted a .256 batting average with three home runs, seven doubles and 21 RBI. Sosebee went 4-2 with a 3.62 ERA in eight regular season games including seven starts. He made one start in the playoffs and collected a win, tossing seven innings of two-hit ball, allowing just one unearned run.
Cole appeared in 38 regular season games and batted .241 with two home runs, five doubles and 12 RBI. In three playoff games, he hit .462 (6-13) with three RBI. Walsh went 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA in nine appearances including three starts. He pitched in the CCBL All-Star Game and went 0-1 with a 4.90 ERA in one relief appearance during the playoffs. Walsh made the most of his 12 at bats during the summer, collecting six hits for a .500 average and one RBI. Currently, Cotuit is up 1-0 in a best-of-three CCBL Championship series against Orleans.
Northwoods Baseball League: Rising sophomore Mike Mancuso and junior Zack Waters spent the first part of their summer pitching for the Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers. Mancuso went 1-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts including 14 strikeouts and only three walks in 19.2 innings. Waters went 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in six games, all in relief for a total of 6.2 innings.
Great Lakes Baseball League: Rising sophomore Jess Posey played for the Lima (Ohio) Locos who reached the finals of the GLSCL playoffs. Posey batted .233 with six doubles and nine RBI in 26 regular season games and then hit .174 with one home run and two RBI in six playoff games. Also, he made three appearances on the mound for a total of 2.2 innings with five strikeouts.
Georgia, under the direction of Scott Stricklin, will begin fall practice at Foley Field in mid-September. The 2014 baseball season opens Feb. 14.