Sacred Heart University Baseball SID and radio play-by-play voice Randy Brochu will be updating the progress of the those Pioneers playing in collegiate summer leagues with the Sacred Heart Baseball Summer Notebook – a biweekly report throughout the summer season.
Welcome Pioneer Baseball fans to our first Sacred Heart Baseball Summer Notebook, our periodic check-in on those SHU players who are continuing their seasons in summer college baseball leagues around the country. After a second straight Northeast Conference Championship and berth in the NCAA Baseball Tournament in the spring of 2012, eight different Pioneers are playing with and against some good college baseball competition as the days heat up here in the heart of the summer.
John Murhpy (Seymour, CT) is off to a hot start for the Bourne Braves of the prestigious Cape Cod League. The Pioneers shortstop and senior captain is hitting .316 with five runs, two RBI, and three stolen bases. He went 4-5 with a two RBI, a double and a run in an 11-4 loss at Falmouth on June 17.
Senior pitcher and senior captain Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) is also playing in the Cape Cod League for the same Falmouth Commodores team that beat Murphy's Braves. He earned the win in his only start to date against the Anglers on June 19, going four innings and striking out six batters with just two hits, but did walk four.
Four Pioneers are playing in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League this summer. Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) is spending the summer playing outfield for the Sag Harbor Whalers. He has appeared in eight games, going 4-29 with a couple of walks and stolen bases to start the season. He is coming off a solid freshman season in which he hit .276 as the primary Pioneer centerfielder and leadoff hitter.
Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) is off to a perfect start with the Shelter Island Bucks, going 2-0 in his only two starts to date. He has scattered seven hits and struck out 15 in 13 innings, which includes an appearance out of the bullpen as well. The junior left has allowed only three earned runs in that time for a 2.08 ERA.
Robbie Maguire (Brooklyn, NY) is pitching for the Staten Island Tides, and has pitched a scoreless two innings with a walk, two strikeouts, and two hits allowed in his one relief appearance to date.
Nate Newhall (Stamford, CT) is on the pitching staff for the North Jersey Eagles, and has appeared in one game. He went three innings and yielded seven runs on seven hits.
In the New England College Baseball League, sophomore lefty Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) is staying in state with the Mystic Schooners. He rebounded nicely from a rocky one-inning appearance on June 10 at North Adams, coming out of the bullpen for a scoreless 2.2 innings against Vermont on June 14. He struck out two, gave up two hits, and did not issue a walk.
Finally, over on the west coast, Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) has traveled the farthest to play ball this summer. The junior DH and catcher is playing for Top Speed Baseball, based out of Santa Rose, CA in the Pacific West Baseball League. After a terrific sophomore season for SHU in which he earned First Team All-NEC accolades, he is continuing to hit the ball well this summer. Through 12 games for TSB, he is hitting .298 (14-47) with 14 RBI, six runs, four doubles, a triple, and a homerun.
Keep an eye out throughout the summer, as we will update the progress of the Pioneers every other week throughout the season. Until next time, get out to a ballgame and enjoy the start of summer.