Aug. 3, 2006
SEATTLE - As the summer baseball season enters its final stages, here's a brief look at what several Huskies have been up to during college baseball's off-season.
In Wichita, Kan., the National Baseball Congress World Series got underway last week. Three of the 42 teams competing in the World Series include current or former Huskies on their rosters, and all three won their first game in the tournament.
The Southern California Fire, which includes Curt Rindal, Trevor Petersen and Nick Hagadone, beat a team from Rock City, N.C., 4-2, Tuesday. The Santa Barbara (Calif.) Forresters, featuring outfielder Jesse Ferguson, defeated a team from Vienna, Va., 6-2, on Wednesday. Finally, perennial NBC World Series contenders the Seattle Studs, who list former Huskies Andre Marshall, Chad Dias and Clay Johnson on their roster, opened play with a 3-2 win over Santa Maria (Calif.) on Tuesday.
Closer to home, the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League's regular season comes to an end this weekend. Four of the league's eight teams include UW players, and all four of those teams head into the final weekend with a chance for the title.
Three Huskies were selected for the WCCBL all-star game as reliever Nick Haughian (Wenatchee) played on the East team while outfielders Brett Kaluza (Kitsap) and Jake Rife (Bend) started for the West squad. Haughian currently leads the WCCBL with nine saves while Kaluza and Rife are both among the league leaders in stolen bases.
Farther from the Northwest, several Huskies are closing out their summers on the East Coast. In the New England Collegiate Baseball League, four Huskies remain in line for possible postseason play. At Newport (R.I.), Andy Lentz, Richie Lentz and Brandon McKerney have helped the Gulls to the Southern Division title while Matt Miller and the Sanford (Maine) Mainers finished second in the North. Both teams played their first playoff game yesterday. Newport lost the first in a best-of-three quarterfinal series, 8-5, despite a homer from Andy Lentz, while Sanford won its opener, 3-1.
In the Cape Cod League, UW pitcher Elliott Cribby's Chatham A's are out of contention for the playoffs, which begin next week. Cribby is 2-2 with a 1.96 earned run average and will start likely his final game of the summer this Saturday, Aug. 5.
In other news involving a couple of former Husky pitching stars, former UW closer Will Fenton, who was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this year, has joined the Seattle Mariners organization and is playing for the Everett Aquasox, just up the road from his alma mater. And last but not least, All-American Tim Lincecum's professional career has gotten off to a hot start. In two brief starts for the Salem-Keizer (Ore.) Volcanoes, Lincecum has pitched four innings, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out 10.
NOTE: The above report was pieced together via information from numerous websites and, obvioulsy, does not detail info on every current UW player. For more information on all the Huskies' summer happenings, see this page for a list of helpful links to league and team websites. Also, check out nbcbaseball.com for info on the NBC World Series.