July 12, 2012
SEATTLE - Washington baseball players are spending their summers all over the country, playing ball in various leagues. Husky players have had a remarkable amount of success as many of them are performing among the best in their respective leagues.
Four Huskies are spending their summer in the Cape Cod League, with plenty of success.
Robert Pehl is playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and is currently leading the East Division (second overall) with his .391 batting average. He's also third in the league with 19 RBI. In 23 games, the Husky sophomore to be is 34-for-87 with eight doubles and three homers.
Three Huskies are playing for the Brewster Whitecaps. First baseman Trevor Mitsui is batting .311 in 20 games, with six doubles, two homers and 16 RBI, seventh-most in the division. Shortstop Erik Forgione is hitting .270 over 17 games for the Whitecaps. On the mound, Austin Voth, in his second year with Brewster, has posted a 2.70 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.
In the West Coast League, the Wenatchee Applesox currently have the best record in the league at 22-10, one game ahead of Bellingham in the East Division Standings.
Tyler Kane has been closing for the Applesox and, in 12 appearances, is 1-0 with a remarkable nine saves, easily the most in the WCL (the next highest total is four). In 17.1 innings, he's posted a 1.56 ERA.
Bellingham's roster includes four Huskies. Andrew Ely is hitting .342 with five stolen bases and just one error as the Bells' third baseman while Jared Fisher, Jacob Coats and incoming Husky freshman Will Ballowe have performed well on the mound.
A pair of Huskies are playing for the Humboldt Crabs, currently atop the standings in the Far West League. Overall, the Crabs are 24-5. Ryan Wiggins has played in 15 games for Humboldt and is batting .340 with seven doubles. Ty Afenir is hitting .294 with six stolen bases and only five strikeouts in 51 at bats for the Crabs.
Farther south in California, two Dawgs are pitching for the Santa Barbara Foresters, who are leading the California Collegiate League. Nick Palewicz is among the league's top pitchers as he has gone 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA. Over 22 innings, he's allowed 15 hits and just one walk while striking out 30. Teammate Dae Yang Kim has appeared in nine games for the Foresters. In nine innings, he's give up six hits and two walks while striking out 11.
In the Northwoods League, a couple of Huskies have helped the La Crosse (Wis.) Loggers to the South Division's first-half championship. The Loggers finished the first half 26-9 with help from Joe Meggs and Zach Wright. Meggs is currently hitting .319 in 69 at bats while Wright has made 10 relief appearances, posting a 2.88 ERA over 25 innings. The Willmar (Minn.) Stingers finished second in the North Division in the first half with Husky 2B Matt Jackson currently batting .264 in 72 ABs.
Three Huskies are spending their summers in Alaska. Incoming JC transfer Alex Schmidt is playing for the Goldpanners in Fairbanks, where he's hitting .289 with seven RBI in 45 at bats. In Palmer, Branden Berry and Tyler Davis are playing for the Matsu Miners. Berry is hitting .289 with eight doubles in 24 games while Davis has made seven appearances and four starts. In 29 innings, he's walked only six and struck out 26.
Out on the East Coast, Michael Camporeale helped lead Edenton (N.C.) to an 18-8 record and a first-half, East Division championship. Now into the second half of the season, Camporeale is batting .333 with 10 doubles, seven homers and 27 RBI in 102 at bats. He leads the Coastal Plain League in homers and slugging and is second in RBI and total bases.
For a complete list of where all the Huskies are playing this summer, with links to their teams and leagues, click here.