Three Youngstown State baseball players have earned all-star team nods in their respective summer leagues to highlight an impressive season for Penguins across the Northeast.
Drew Dosch has been named the starting designated hitter for the West Division in the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game, which will take place on Saturday. YSU pitchers Nic Manuppelli and Kevin McCulloh have already participated in all-star events.
Dosch has had a very solid season for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, which is widely regarded as one of the top summer leagues in the country. He is currently batting .311 with five home runs, 17 RBIs and 19 runs scored while ranking 15th in the circuit in slugging percentage. Dosch, who will be a junior in the Penguins' 2013 season, was named the league's Coca Cola Player of the Week on July 4.
Manuppelli was named to the all-star team in the New England League and struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning of the all-star game. Manuppelli, pitching for the Laconia Muskrats, leads the New England League with his eight saves in 12 appearances. He has struck out 17 batters while walking five in 11 innings. Manuppelli will be a junior in 2013.
McCulloh, a Valley League all-star for the Rockbridge Rapids, ranks second in the league with six savs. The Boardman High graduate has 28 strikeouts and five walks in 19 2-3 innings while posting a 3.20 ERA. McCulloh, a senior in the 2013 season, also has earned two victories in his 16 appearances.
A brief summary of other Penguins playing in summer leagues follows:
Kevin Hix - Batting .274 with 17 runs and 12 RBIs in 25 games for the Adirondack Trail Blazers in the New York League... Has 11 hits in his last 28 at bats dating back to July 9.
Ryan Krokos - Is 1-2 with three saves and a 4.91 ERA in 18 1/3 innings for the Adirondack Trail Blazers in the New York League... Has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen while making one start... Has struck out 14 batters and walked eight... Has not allowed a run over his last 5 2/3 innings.
Phil Lipari - Batting .320 with 31 runs and 10 steals for the Staunton Braves in the Valley League... Has played in 29 games, 25 of which he's started... Has recorded six doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Josh North - Is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA in 21 innings pitching for the Stark County Terriers in the Great Lakes League... Has pitched in 10 games, one of which he's started... Has struck out 23 batters and walked 10.
Pat Shedlock - Is 1-0 with a 6.33 ERA pitching for the West Virginia Miners of the Prospect League... Has pitched in 21 1/3 innings over nine games, two of which he started... Has 15 strikeouts and nine walks.
Jason Shirley – Is playing for the playing for the Berkley Hills Renegades in the Johnstown AAABA League... No stats available.
Brad Smith – Has pitched in seven games out of the bullpen for the Wellsville Nitros of the New York League... Has not factored in a decision and has a 9.39 ERA in 7 2/3 inning
Padraic Williams – Went 3-for-18 for the Staunton Braves in the Valley League before returning to campus for summer classes.