Twenty-one Eastern Kentucky University baseball players are wrapping up a successful summer playing in collegiate leagues across North America.
Four Colonels earned All-Star honors in their respective leagues – Alex Holderbach, Darren Williams, Daniel McFarland and Aaron Ochsenbein.
Holderbach, a junior from Fairfield, Ohio, hit .383 with five home runs, 14 doubles, 29 RBIs and 36 runs for the Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL). He helped the steam finish the summer with a 24-18 record.
Williams, a sophomore right-handed pitcher, made eight starts for the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. The Maysville, Kentucky native finished the summer with a 3-2 record and a 2.42 ERA. He struck out 39 and allowed just 30 hits in 44 and two-thirds innings. In a 2-1 playoff loss to Westhampton, Williams allowed just one earned run on five hits while striking out seven in six and two-thirds innings. The Tomcats finished with a 21-18 record.
McFarland and Ochsenbein are members of the Southern Ohio Copperheads in the GLSCL, a team still alive in the playoffs. McFarland, a senior outfielder from Louisville, has hit .302 this season with 35 runs scored and 21 driven in.
Ochsenbein, a redshirt junior right-hander, appeared in nine games and started five times. The Lexington, Kentucky native went 3-0 with two saves and a 1.61 ERA. He struck out a league-leading 52 batters in just 39 innings pitched and did not allow an earned run in his most recent five appearances. The Copperheads are 24-17 this summer.
Four others are still playing. Casey Collins, a senior left-hander is 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA while making six starts this summer. The Lawrenceville, Georgia native has struck out 22 over 18 and two-thirds innings for the Atlanta Crackers in the Sun Belt League. The Crackers are playing in the SBL Championship Series this week.
Max Ford, a senior right-hander, has been stellar on the mound for the Ocean State Waves in the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League. The Braselton, Georgia native has a 4-0 record, five saves and a 0.51 ERA while making 13 appearances in relief. He has allowed just one earned run while striking out 22 and walking only one batter in 17 and one third innings. Ford’s Waves are the No. 5 ranked team in Collegiate Summer Baseball’s (CSB) top-30 rankings.
Newcomer Ryan Bramlett had scoreless outings in three of his five appearances for the Lima Locos in the GLSCL. He is 1-0 and has six strikeouts in four and one-third innings. His team is ranked 17th by CSB.
Nick Laster appeared in nine games and finished with a 1-0 record, one save and a 1.82 ERA for the D.C. Grays in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. The sophomore right-handed pitcher from Atlanta, struck out 15 and walked only seven in 24 and two-thirds innings. He is continuing his summer with the Savannah Bananas of the Coastal Plain League. In his debut with the Bananas, Laster earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.
Thirteen other Colonels have completed their summer seasons.
Jacob Abbott, a sophomore infielder, won the Bob Furlong Award for demonstrating the highest level of integrity, teamwork and leadership on and off the field for the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. In 29 games, the Lexington, Kentucky native posted a .266 batting average with 13 runs scored and nine RBIs.
Jaxson Blair, a sophomore from Lexington, helped the Dubois County Bombers, the 28th ranked summer team by CSB, win the Ohio Valley League Championship. He hit .242 with 12 runs and six RBIs.
Newcomer Chris Botsoe, an outfielder from Hinsdale, Illinois, hit .240 with 12 runs and 15 RBIs for the Kenosha Kingfish in the Northwoods League.
Kaven Brown, a right-hander from Paris, Kentucky, posted a 3-1 record with a 2.85 ERA for the Danville Dans in the Prospect League. He struck out 21 and walked only seven while throwing 28 and one-third innings.
Cory Conklin, a shortstop from Corvallis, Oregon scored 13 runs and drove in 10 for the Fort McMurray Giants in the Western Major League.
Nick Howie, a sophomore outfielder from Oakville, Ontario, batted .264 with 25 runs and 32 RBIs for the St. Clair Green Giants in the GLSCL.
Ryland Kerr, a redshirt junior from Bellevue, Washington, scored 13 runs and drove in 10 while playing 35 games for the Sanford Mainers in the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League.
Will Johnson, a redshirt junior outfielder, stole 14 bases and scored 27 runs in 38 games for the D.C. Grays. The Atlanta native also hit .269 with a home run and 12 RBIs. Johnson walked 32 times while only striking out on 20 occasions.
Miles Jones, also playing for the D.C. Grays, hit three home runs, drove in 15 and scored 12 runs. Jones is a sophomore first baseman from Fayetteville, Georgia.
Jack Piekos, Bryan Quillens and Cornell Nixon were teammates with the Florence Red Wolves in the Coastal Plains League.
Piekos, a senior left-hander, was 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA. The Blue Point, New York native struck out 35 and allowed just 39 hits in 50 and one-third innings on the mound.
Quillens, a senior right-hander, was 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA in four starts. The Austell, Georgia native fanned 22 in 19 innings of work.
Nixon, a redshirt senior outfielder, hit .257 with 24 runs scored in 33 games. The Marietta, Georgia native was successful in all five stolen base attempts.
Newcomer Logan Teague, a right-hander from Lancaster, Kentucky, played in two games for the Cincinnati Steam in the GLSCL. He was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA while striking out eight in 10 innings on the mound. In his second game, he gave up just two runs on four hits in six innings.
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