Hoosiers Heating Up in Summer Ball
July 10, 2008
With several Hoosier baseball players playing in different leagues across the country this summer, IUHOOSIERS.com will be checking in on the Hoosiers throughout the season. Today's update is as of Thursday, July 10.
After Josh Phegley's successful campaign in the Cape Cod League in 2007, three Hoosiers have made the trip to play in the most elite league in summer baseball this season. Pitcher Matt Bashore and outfielder Kipp Schutz are playing with Phegley's '07 team, the Wareham Gatemen, while Evan Crawford is playing for the Cotuit Kettleers.
Schutz has shown strong power so far in his summer campaign, as he is tied for second on the team with two home runs and also has three doubles in his first campaign with wooden bats. Bashore sat out the first few weeks of the summer to rest his arm, but has struck out nine batters in six innings of work, allowing just five hits and two walks over that time.
After a slow start, Crawford has raised his average 135 points and is tied for second on the team with five stolen bases. The sophomore, who played at second, shorstop, third and in the outfield for the Hoosiers last year, has played 11 of his 17 games in the outfield.
Many of the Hoosier hurlers are playing in the local Great Lakes League. Matt Carr and Anthony Agnew are throwing for the Anderson Servants, Joey O'Gara is pitching for the Cincinnati Steam and Chris Squires is with the Grand Lake Mariners. Of the group, Carr is the one turning the most heads, as the surprise pitcher of the 2008 season has made four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA and two complete games under his belt. Carr has a 16-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 1/3 innings.
Agnew has thrown well out of the bullpen for the Servants, posting a 3.09 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings on the year. O'Gara has been a strong member of a talented Cincinnati staff, going 2-0 in four games with a 3.29 ERA and 12 K's in 13 2/3 innings. Squires has been lights out for Grand Lake, allowing just four hits and no runs in his 5 1/3 innings pitched. He has also struck out four and has a save in four appearances.
Freshman Jerrud Sabourin has carried his red-hot bat with him to the San Diego Mavericks and has not missed a beat. The San Diego native leads his team with a .393 average, a .667 slugging percentage, two home runs, 20 RBI, 18 runs and a whopping 15 doubles. Eighteen of Sabourin's 33 hits on the season have gone for extra bases.
Be sure to check back to IUHoosiers.com later in the summer for more updates.
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