Returners Conclude Solid Summer in Preparation for 2018-19

Dalton Earich (Photo by Trevor Parks)
Dalton Earich (Photo by Trevor Parks)

Seventeen returning members of the Youngstown State baseball team were busy playing in various leagues across the country this summer in preparation for the upcoming 2018-19 season at YSU.

Senior RHP Joel Hake served as the primary closer for the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. In 15 relief appearances, he logged 16.1 innings with 20 strikeouts and just two walks. He led the team with six saves while posting a 3-1 record and a 3.30 ERA. The Copperheads finished the season with an impressive 35-10 record and won their first GLSCL championship. Hake was on the mound in the final frame of the championship game and recorded a strikeout to clinch the title. It was his third save of the postseason as he faced the minimum in each of his three appearances and struck out eight.

Sophomore RHP Dalton Earich was one of Hake's teammates with the Southern Ohio Copperheads. He made eight starts on the hill, logging 42 innings with a 4-1 record and a 3.86 ERA. Earich fanned 32 batters and helped the Copperheads earn their first GLSCL championship in team history.

Sophomore 1B Nick LaBrasca had an outstanding summer for the Geneva RedWings of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, compiling a team-best 44 hits in 37 games. He batted .328 with five doubles, three home runs and a team-high 22 RBIs. He also added 16 walks and 22 runs scored. For his efforts, he was selected as an all-star and Home Run Derby participant for the PGCBL's West team. The RedWings finished the season at 25-26 and reached the semifinals of the PGCBL playoffs.

Junior OF Cameron Murray was an all-star for the South squad in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League after having a solid summer with the Xenia Scouts. He collected 30 hits in 27 games, batting .309 with 21 runs scored, 18 walks, 11 stolen bases and 10 RBIs. He also added six doubles and a home run as the Scouts finished the summer at 10-32.

Sophomore IF Jeff Wehler had a strong summer with the Butler BlueSox of the Prospect League, batting .275 with 22 hits in 23 games. He recorded three home runs, a double, two triples, 16 RBIs, nine stolen bases, nine walks and 12 runs scored. The BlueSox finished the summer with a record of 21-39.

Senior 2B Drew Dickerson had a solid summer with the Fort McMurray Giants of the Western Major Baseball League, hitting .270 with 41 hits in 41 games played. He tied for the team lead with 14 steals while also notching three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs and 23 walks. The Giants concluded the summer with a record of 17-31.

Junior RHP Greg Dunham made seven starts on the mound for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League. He struck out 26 batters while posting a 4-2 record and a 2.82 ERA in 35 innings of work. His four wins were a team high as the Woodchucks finished the season at 30-42.

Junior OF Blaze Glenn played for the Mankato MoonDogs in the Northwoods League, recording 33 hits in 37 games played. He batted .244 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 21 RBIs. He also added 21 runs scored, 18 walks and 11 stolen bases. The MoonDogs finished the regular season at 46-26 and made an appearance in the Northwoods League playoffs.

Senior C Nick Caruso played this summer for the Edenton Steamers in the Coastal Plain League. In 31 games, he hit .235 with a pair of home runs, 18 RBIs, 14 walks, nine runs scored and a stolen base. Defensively behind the plate, he caught 15 runners trying to steal on the base paths. The Steamers finished with an overall record of 24-26, which was good for third place in the North Division of the CPL.

Sophomore LHP Colin Clark logged 27 innings in 18 relief appearances for the Chillicothe Paints of the Prospect League. He recorded a 3.00 ERA with 30 strikeouts and a 1-3 record while walking just five batters. The Paints went 34-26 and qualified for the Prospect League playoffs.

Senior IF Web Charles recorded five hits including a home run in 11 games played for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League this summer. He added three RBIs, six runs scored and four walks. The Chinooks finished the summer with an overall record of 29-42.

Sophomore RHP Chad Coles made seven starts and one relief appearance for the Butler BlueSox of the Prospect League. He finished the summer with 34.2 innings pitched, 31 strikeouts, a 3.63 ERA, one save and a record of 1-3. His 31 punch-outs tied for third on the team as the BlueSox finished the summer with an overall record of 21-39.

Sophomore UTIL Grant Kersh made 19 pitching appearances out of the bullpen for the Irish Hills Leprechauns of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He posted an 0-1 record, a 4.65 ERA, 10 strikeouts, 19.1 innings pitched and one save. At the plate, he went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk and an RBI. The Leprechauns wrapped up the summer with a record of 19-22.

Senior RHP Kip DeShields started two games for the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League. He registered six strikeouts and an 0-1 record in seven innings pitched. The Larks finished the summer at 37-35-1 and reached the playoffs for the first time in team history.

Junior C Tanner Montgomery played in 10 games for the Fuquay-Varina Twins of the Carolina-Virginia Summer College League. He posted a .344 OBP with seven walks, five RBIs and two runs scored. The Twins entered the CVSCL playoffs as the top seed with an impressive 32-9 record but were upset in the championship game.

Redshirt freshman RHP Jon Snyder made four relief appearances for the Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League, finishing with a 4.15 ERA and eight strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. The Steam posted an impressive 30-12 regular season record before being eliminated in their first GLCSL playoff game.

Senior P/OF Zach Lopatka appeared in one game as a position player for the Allentown Railers of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The Railers finished the regular season with a league-best 22-9 record, but failed to reach the championship round of the ACBL playoffs.