Eight Hoosiers Help Teams to Summerball Playoffs
Aug. 19, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The members of Indiana's baseball team playing in summer baseball leagues wrapped up a successful season around the nation, as eight Hoosiers helped their teams to playoff spots in their respective leagues.
In the Cape Cod League, Blake Monar and Alex Dickerson helped the Wareham Gatemen earn their first playoff berth since 2006, but the Gatemen fell in the opening round to league runner-up Cotuit. Dickerson went on a late surge to tie for the team lead with three home runs and hit .224 with three triples and 15 RBI. Monar made eight starts for Wareham, going 2-3 with a 3.02 ERA and 37 strikeouts in a team-leading 47 2/3 innings.
The Grand Lake Mariners saw three Hoosiers take the team to the playoffs, as Michael Earley, Brian Lambert and Tyler Rogers each played regularly for the postseason squad. Lambert finished second on the team with a .325 average and 15 stolen bases. Earley hit .309 with eight doubles and a .427 slugging percentage to go along with 13 swipes of his own. Rogers played in 27 games, posting a .982 fielding percentage to go along with a .308 on-base average.
In the New England Collegiate League, Ethan Wilson and Drew Leininger helped Sanford to a trip to the postseason. Leininger finished the season with a 3-0 record and a 1.35 ERA in eight appearances on the mound. Wilson, who missed all but the first five games of last season with an ankle injury, played in 34 games and went 10-for-72 on the summer.
The San Diego Waves also went to the postseason, appearing in the National Baseball Congress World Series. During the summer, Hoff went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 appearances.
In the Northwoods League, neither Jerrud Sabourin (Madison) nor Josh Lyon (Waterloo) advanced to the postseason, but both had fine individual campaigns in the league. Sabourin, who made the league's all-star game, posted a .294 average with nine doubles, 28 RBI and 28 runs. Lyon got off to a slow start, but finished the summer with a .253 average, drilling 10 doubles and four home runs to finish second on his team in slugging percentage.
Dylan Swift had a solid season with the Albany Dutchmen of the New York Collegiate League, throwing out 40 percent of opposing baserunners behind the plate. His fellow catcher Wes Wilson played in the Ripken League for Youse's Maryland Orioles, hitting .240 in limited action for the team. Matt Igel threw 12 2/3 innings for the Dubois County Bombers, allowing opponents to hit just .205 off him and posting a 2.84 ERA.
The Hoosiers report back to Bloomington on Aug. 26, and classes for the fall semester begin on Aug. 31. The first fall practice for the team is scheduled for Sept. 13, with fall ball culminating in the Cream and Crimson World Series the week of Oct. 12.
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