FAIRFIELD, Conn. – After a successful 2017 season that saw Sacred Heart Baseball team advance to its ninth straight Northeast Conference tournament appearance and reach the eighth NEC Title game in last nine seasons. SHU had 12 student-athletes continue to play across eight different collegiate summer wooden bat leagues on the East Coast.
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Representing the Pioneers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League this summer were rising seniors Cody Doyle, Dan Schock, James Taubl and rising juniors Brent Teller and Baylor Sundahl. Doyle, Schock, Taubl and Teller all played together on the New Bedford Bay Sox, while Sundahl represented SHU with the Danbury Westerners. Doyle, Teller and Sundahl represented the South division at the 2017 NECBL All-Star Game on Sunday July 30.
Doyle was the primary catcher for the Bay Sox, he recorded 22 hits with eight runs scored, a double and three RBI in 34 games. He threw out nine runners on the base path and commanding the pitching staff to a 3.70 ERA, good for fourth in the league. Schock has had a strong summer at the plate, picking up 36 hits including eight doubles and team leading seven home runs and 25 RBI.
Teller appeared in nine games with six starts for the Bay Sox, recording 32 strikeouts in 37.1 innings. He led the team with three wins on the year and his 1.93 ERA was good for second on the team and third in the NECBL. Taubl appeared in 11 games with one start, finishing with a 1-1 record with 24 strikeouts in 27 innings of work. In regular season finale against Plymouth, he earned the save allowing just one hit while striking out seven in the final three innings.
Sundahl pitched in 10 games for the Westerners with five starts on the hill. He picked up two wins and a 2.86 earned run average. Sundahl led the team with 35 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. He recorded two strikeouts in an inning of work at the 2017 NECBL all-star game that ended in 5-5 tie.
Cape Cod League
After strong summers in the NECBL, both Teller and Sundahl were picked up by the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and Bourne Braves of the prestigious Cape Cod League.
Teller made his debut last night for the Y-D Red Sox, striking out one batter in relief as the Red Sox fell to the Cotuit Kettleers 6-3. Teller and Yartmouth-Dennis wrap up the regular season tonight against Cotuit before beginning the Cape League East Division playoffs.
Sundahl also made his debut for the Braves last night, he pitched an inning and two thirds allowing two runs in the 13-4 win over Wareham. Bourne squares off against Wareham again before beginning Cape League West Division playoffs.
Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Representing the Pioneers in the Futures League is redshirt sophomore Jake Frasca. After sitting out this past spring, Frasca has been standout in the infield for the Bristol Blues batting .252 while leading the team with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in. His seven dingers are tied for seventh most in the FCBL. He also has struck out 20 batters in just 11 and a third innings on the mound.
Frasca was named to the FBCL All-Star game and went 1-for-4 at the plate on July 18. He recorded 4-for-7 afternoon on July 23, picking up a pair of doubles and home runs for 7 RBI against the Pittsfield Suns. Frasca and the Blues wrap up the regular season this week in final push for playoff spot.
Rising junior Jackson Aldam and rising sophomore Elijah Brown are both representing SHU Baseball down in the Hamptons League. Aldam appeared in seven outings for the North Fork Ospreys in June before shutting down for the summer. In just nine and a third innings he recorded 14 strikeouts and earned two saves. His first save was three inning performance against Sag Harbor where he allowed just one run on three hits while striking out four batters.
Brown appeared in 26 games for the Shelter Island Bucks recording 10 hits including three triples with 15 runs scored. Brown who set SHU Baseball single season walks record with 51 this past season, recorded 20 walks in his stint with the Bucks.
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League
Rising junior John Cerretani appeared in one game for the first-place Bethesda Big Train of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League on June 24, pitching one third of an inning.
Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
Rising sophomore catcher Brendan Coffey appeared in seven games for the Amsterdam Mohawks before going on the disabled list. In his brief stint with the Mohawks, Coffey batted .304 with seven hits a double and five runs batted in. He recorded a three-game multi hit streak from June 3-8.
Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League
Rising junior outfielder Kyle Oliver represented the Pioneers on the New Jersey Angels in the ABCCL. In 22 games for the Angels, Oliver batted .351 with 19 hits, two home runs and five doubles. His 16 runs batted in was good for second on the team.
South Florida Collegiate League
Rising junior Hal Shaw played in 20 games for the Boca Raton Blazers, picking up seven hits and three runs batted in. He also made four appearances on the mound for the Blazers, striking out four in nine innings.
SHU Baseball finished the 2017 season 23-36 overall, 14-13 NEC.