Dirtbags Summer Ball Update
Long Beach State is being represented across the country by both players and coaches this summer.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Over a dozen returning Dirtbags players, plus coaches Troy Buckley and Dave Snow, are representing Long Beach State across the country this summer. While the college baseball season is in its offseason, there are plenty of reps to go around in various summer ball leagues. Here’s a look at where the Dirtbags are playing over the summer and how they’re performing so far, with stats through Sunday, July 9.
Out in North Carolina, Buckley and Snow are working with the pitchers on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Team USA has started out 11-3 with series wins over Chinese Taipei and Cuba. Through the first 14 games, the Team USA pitching staff has thrown three shutouts and has held opponents to one run or fewer and impressive seven times.
On the player side, Jarren Duran is playing in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League for the Wareham Gatemen in Wareham, Mass. Duran made an immediate impact, scoring four runs in his third game with the Gatemen. He has three multi-hit games in his 14 appearances, including a 3-for-3 effort on July 1, which included a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base.
Up in the Northwoods League, Luke Rasmussen is hitting a team-leading .386 in 14 games with the La Crosse Loggers. Of his 17 hits, he has three doubles, three triples, and a pair of home runs, producing 14 RBIs in just 44 at bats so far. He has also drawn nine walks against just six strikeouts as the Loggers’ DH.
Outfielder Brooks Stotler is Long Beach State’s lone representative in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), playing with the Valley Blue Sox. Stotler has done a nice job of earning free passes, drawing at least one walk in six of his nine games played. His seven total walks has his on-base percentage at .375 and he has scored seven runs for the Blue Sox.
A trio of Dirtbags adorn the Alaska Baseball League, with John Castro pitching for the Mat-Su Miners, Domenic Colacchio playing for the Anchorage Bucs, and Eli Villalobos with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. Castro has made three starts in his four appearances, posting a 3.72 ERA. He was most effective in his last start on July 9, throwing a complete seven-inning game and allowing just three hits and a pair of walks. He was the tough-luck loser in the game, as he gave up a pair of unearned runs in a 3-1 defeat.
Colacchio is hitting .244 through 13 games in Anchorage, and has a pair of three-hit games this summer. He has also worked six walks while striking out just three times while serving as a utility player for the Bucs. Elsewhere in Anchorage, Villalobos is coming off his best start of the summer on July 9, tossing his second complete game (7 IP) to pick up the win. Villalobos allowed a pair of runs on five hits and a walk while collecting nine strikeouts in the 10-1 victory. He now has a 3.07 ERA through four starts with 24 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.
In the West Coast League (WCL), catcher Ryan Mendoza and pitcher Tyler Radcliffe are teammates with the Bellingham Bells. Mendoza has seen a lot of time behind the plate, playing 23 games and sporting a .229 average. His best performance came on June 11, when he had a home run and five RBIs for the Bells in a win over the Gresham Wolves, where lefty Zak Baayoun is playing this summer. Baayoun has made three starts for the Wolves, going 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA. He did not allow an earned run through his first two outings and posted nine strikeouts over six innings in his most recent start. He now has 17 K’s in 15 innings pitched this summer. On Monday, Baayoun was named to the WCL All-Star Game as a member of the South roster.
Finally, there are four Dirtbags playing in the Coastal Plains League (CPL): Tyler Lawson (Forest City Owls), Garrett Nelson (Savannah Bananas), Connor Riley (Martinsville Mustangs) and Dylan Spacke (Martinsville Mustangs). Lawson has been solid in his five appearances, making four starts on the mound for the Owls. The righthander is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA, recording 19 strikeouts against six walks in 25.2 innings pitched.
In Savannah, Nelson is hitting .242 in eight starts for the Bananas. In Martinsville, Riley is fourth on the team with a 3.52 ERA, making four appearances with one start. He has 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched. For Spacke, he has made five starts and has posted a 4.15 ERA. He has thrown 21.2 innings so far and has recorded 21 strikeouts.
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