August 12, 2010

HONORS COMING IN FOR ISLANDERS AS SUMMER LEAGUE PLAY WINDS DOWN

As summer collegiate baseball leagues come to a conclusion across the nation, members of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team are wrapping up strong showings resulting in postseason honors and/or postseason play.

Thus far, two Islanders have been named to the all-league teams in their respective leagues. Matt Holland was named all-league for Front Royal in the Valley Baseball League, while Marc Damon was named to the all-league third team in the California Collegiate League as a reliever.

Holland leads the Valley Baseball League with 19 doubles as he batted .308 on the season to lead the Cards. The lefty crossed the plate a team-best 37 times which was fourth in the league. The Cards are currently playing the Luray Wranglers for the Lineweaver Cup after upsetting regular-season champion and nationally-ranked Haymarket in the previous round.

Damon led his team with five saves to finish fifth in the league. He posted a 3.68 ERA while finishing 1-3 on the year. The rising senior struck out 37 hitters in 22 innings, while walking just nine.

Like Holland, Ian Campbell's team is headed to the postseason thanks in large part to the Islander's success on the mound. He is 7-1 with a 1.36 ERA after tossing seven shutout innings earlier this week helping Eau Claire maintain a No. 3 ranking in the PerfectGame Crosschecker Summer League poll. Campbell's ERA is second in the league as are his two complete games, while his seven wins are currently tied for third. Campbell, who has won four straight games, has limited opposing hitters to a .222 average, while fanning 35.

Trey Hernandez's season recently came to an end with the Florence Red Wolves in the opening round of the playoffs in the Coastal Plain League. Hernandez led the Red Wolves with a .309 average, 40 RBI and 12 doubles. He was third on the team with five home runs. His RBI total was third in the league as were his 36 walks and .425 on-base percentage. The Robstown native was ninth in hitting.

Jeramie Marek and Roman Madrid have shined for the Victoria Generals, who were slated to play the Texas Tomcats in the decisive game of their three-game play-off series on Thursday night. Marek is second on the Generals and third in the Texas Collegiate League with a .328 average. Madrid has gone 4-1 on the mound with three saves. He has posted a 1.88 ERA, while holding hitters to a .151 average. In 28-2/3 innings, Madrid sent 32 hitters down on strikes.