It has been a busy summer for members of the Stetson baseball team who have been playing throughout various leagues around the country.
In the Northeast, sophomore pitcher Mitchell Jordan led the Ocean State Waves to a 21-15 record, helping maintain third place in the Southern Division in the New England League. Jordan has been a very solid pitcher for the Waves with a stingy 1.98 ERA in 31.2 innings. Jordan was also awarded a spot on the NECBL All-Star team for his performance while his team advanced to play for the league championship.
A pair of Hatters, junior catcher Patrick Mazeika and junior infielder Kevin Fagan, have been playing with the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League. Both struggled at the plate, with Mazeika hitting .207 with a pair of home runs and 10 RBI in 30 games while Fagan hit .150 with six RBI in 24 games.
Junior catcher Wade McNabb has spent the summer in the New England Collegiate League. He played four games for the Boxton Rox, hitting .211, before moving on to the Martha’s Vinyard Sharks where he played 18 games, hitting .146.
In the Valley League, it has been a terrific summer for senior Garrett Russini who carried his impressive collegiate season into the summer. He is hitting .346 with four doubles and 17 RBI in 13 games for the Waynesboro Generals, who have advanced to play for the league title. His teammate, and current Stetson infielder, Kyle Pitts also is having a productive summer, hitting .270 in 27 games with six doubles and 13 RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Griffin Fuller is also playing in the Valley League, for the Covington Lumberjacks. In 10 appearances on the mound he has a 1-1 record with a 5.49 ERA in more then 39 innings of work. He has piled up 21 strikeouts while walking just six.
Stetson junior pitcher Josh Thorne is having a very nice summer for the Bethesda Big Train out of the Cal Ripken League. His 1.98 ERA in 12 relief appearances have helped lead the Big Train to a dominant 31-9 record, which tops the league. His 20 strikeouts are first on the team for relief pitchers who haven’t started any games. He was selected as an All-Star in the league.
Another current Stetson athlete who had a hot summer on the diamond is sophomore infielder Colton Lightner. He hit .317 in 32 games for the Deland Suns in the Florida Collegiate League. His teammates, Josh Powers, Jake Pequignot, Danny Miller and Frankie Romano, also saw action in the league. Pequignot hit .234 in 21 games for the Suns while Powers hit .192 in 24 games while also posting a 1-0 record on the mound with a 3.14 ERA in four appearances.
Miller and Romano both pitched for the Leesburg Lightning. Miller appeared in five games, posting a 1-2 record with a 7.80 ERA while Romano appeared in 10 games with a 1-2 record, and two saves.
Sophomore outfielder/pitcher Eliot Shapleigh had a nice summer for the Winter Park Angels, leading them to a 14-6 record which was tops in the league, helping the Angels to a league title while earning MVP honors in the championship game. Shapleigh hit a solid .275 with three doubles and 13 RBI in 17 games. As a pitcher, Shapleigh made five appearances, going 17 innings and striking out 15. He also made the Futures League All-Star team as a pitcher.
Future Hatters also had success this summer. Shelton Schimming played for the DeLand Cudas in the Florida Futures League, hitting .259 in 19 games, earning a spot in the All-Star game. Austin Hale joined Shapleigh with the Winter Park Angels and hit .271 in 21 games.
Ben Onyshko pitched for the Canadian Junior National Team during a tour of Cuba while Vance Vizcaino posted a .365 average for the Kernersville Bulldogs in the Carolina-Virginia League.
Stetson will begin their offseason workouts later this fall after the students return to classes in August. The Hatters will face the Canadian U18 National Team at Melching Field on October 5 in their annual fall exhibition game.