ISLANDERS MAKING NOISE IN LEAGUES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Through the early portion of summer league play several Texas A&M-Corpus Christi players are having strong performances for their respective teams.
In the California Collegiate League, Marc Damon is tied for the league lead in saves with two and is 1-0 in three appearances for the San Louis Obispo Rattlers. Damon, a rising senior, has allowed no runs on two hits in four innings of work with eight strikeouts. His Rattler and Islander teammate Bobby Buckner was hitting .353 after 17 at bats in five games.
In Virginia, Chris Pena earned his first win of the summer on Wednesday night. He is now 1-0 in five innings over a team-leading four appearances. The left from Corpus Christi has limited opposing hitters to a 1.76 average. Pena's teammate with the Cards, Matt Holland, made his first appearance on a pitching mound since the fall of 2008. Holland tossed a scoreless inning with two walks and three strikeouts, while at the plate he has scored four runs.
Playing for his hometown Victoria Generals in the Texas Collegiate League, Roman Madrid is tied for the league lead with two wins. In eight innings spanning three relief appearances, Madrid has fanned eight hitters and has limited opposing hitters to a .143 average. His ERA is 2.25. Jeramie Marek is averaging .243 at the plate and is second on the team in runs scored with six.
Chris Vergne is hitting .265 for the Texas Tomcats. The Puerto Rican is second on the team with six RBI and third with seven walks for a .405 on-base percentage. Adam Hoelscher has made three starts for the Tomcats and is 0-1 he has nine strikeouts in 8-2/3 innings of work.
Weston Montgomery and Ian Campbell have continued the trend of Islanders doing well on the mound. In his first start since high school as a pitcher, Montgomery earned the win for the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons in the M.IN.K. League. He tossed five innings of scoreless, 1-hit baseball with eight strikeouts. Campbell is 1-0 in two relief appearances. The rising senior has allowed no runs in 6-2/3 innings of work and has limited opposing hitters to a .217 average.
In the Coastal Plains League, Trey Hernandez has been strong at the plate for the Florence Redwolves. Hernandez is third on the team with a .320 average at the plate and tied for third with 10 runs batted in.