Georgia baseball players hit the summer circuit to prove their skill and and play some old-timey baseball.
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For college baseball players, summer is a chance to hit a ball with a wooden bat and to live a bygone era, a time when thousands of boys played for the love of the game and for the once in a lifetime chance that a big league scout might say, “Hey, kid, a word with ya.”
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Fanning out to places like Sagging Harbor, Allentown, and Wareham to play for team names like the Osprey’s, Millionaires, and the Crawdads, Dawgs entertain third and fourth generation local admirers. These Bulldogs get a taste of what used to be while dads hold their kids close in the stands and pass on the wisdom of the game, “Go with your best pitch. Never make the first or last out at third. High and tight, low and away.”
It’s summer again and baseball fans can nod and say, “That’s how it’s supposed to be.”
Mike Bell has appeared in three games and is batting .167 with three RBIs while Heath Holder is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA in18.0 IP with 18 strikeouts for the Lexington County Blowfish of the Coastal Plain League. Also in the Coastal Plain League, Skyler Weber of the Peninsula Pilots started all 20 games, compiling a .274 average, a .370 slugging percentage, and .356 on base percentage. He is tied for third in the league in stolen bases (14).
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Morgan Bunting is batting .294 with five hits and two runs scored in eight games for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley League.
In the California Collegiate League, Nick King, is batting .276 with 16 hits and 11 RBIs in 16 games for the San Luis Obispo Blues.
For the Great Lakes league Lima Locos, Trey Logan is batting .211 with four hits and three runs scored in seven games and Henry Rowling is tied for second on the team with a .391 batting average, including three doubles and five RBIs in eight games.
Daniel Nichols has appeared in three games with nine at-bats for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate League.
In 15 games, Aaron Rzucidlo is batting .143 with three RBIs for the Lakeshore Chinooks o of the Northwoods Collegiate League.
In the prestigious Cape Cod League., Bo Tucker is 0-1 with a 4.65 ERA in three starts, posting six strikeouts. He allowed just two runs (one earned) in his most recent two outings for the Falmouth Commodores. Connor Jones has made one relief appearance for the Wareham Gatemen. Stephen Wrenn is batting .234 with one home run and two stolen bases in 12 games for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Robert Tyler posted a 1.28 ERA in seven innings of work over two games, striking out four for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League and started the opening exhibition for the U.S. Collegiate National Team, allowing no runs, one hit, and striking out four over three innings in a victory.
For the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League Mitchell Webb is batting .125 and scoring two runs with five RBIs in 12 games, including nine starts.