CORPUS CHRISTI – All over the nation, Islanders Baseball players are plying their trade in amateur collegiate leagues this summer. Here is a brief look at their performances thus far.
The major highlight early on for the Islanders is a trio of pitchers doing impressive things in the highly competitive Northwoods League. In his lone start of the summer, rising senior Trevor Foss was spectacular for the Madison Mallards, scattering four hits in eight innings, striking out 11 batters along the way. In the no-decision, he did not surrender a walk, but saw a pair of runners cross the plate.
Trevor Belicek had a stellar outing on Wednesday night, going 3 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up a save for the Mankato Moondogs. The Uvalde native struck out four and allowed just one hit, as 35 of his 42 pitches went for strikes. On the summer, he has given up just two hits and punched out six in 5 1/3 shutout frames. In three appearances with the La Crosse Loggers, righty Jacob Dorris has struck out 11 batters in 7 2/3 innings of work. He has surrendered eight hits and four walks with a 3.52 ERA.
Closer to home, the Victoria Generals have the most Islanders with four – Tanner Green, Tyler Schuriger, Eric Weiss and Bryce Zak – on the roster. Schnuriger and Weiss have yet to appear in a game for the team, while Green has two appearances and Zak one start thus far. Green has three punchouts in three innings of work with a 6.00 ERA, while Zak went five innings in his start, allowing six hits and two earned runs.
Elsewhere in the Texas Collegiate League, Franco Pace and Brad Porras are suiting up for the Brazos Valley Bombers. Porras is 3-for-10 with a double and a home run in the young season, while Pace has been mowing opposing hitters down. The lefty has surrendered just two hits while striking out six in three innings of work over two appearances. He has collected a win and a save in his two outings.
In the New York Collegiate League, Matt Danton and Kyle Danford are suiting up for the Hornell Dodgers, where Danton has not appeared in the team's first two games. Danford had a steal and a run in his only contest of the year. In the Valley League, Jordan Lee has reported to the Front Royal (Va.) Cardinals, but has not appeared for the team to this point. Also on the East Coast, Tim Keller has made a pair of starts for the Wilmington Sharks of the elite Coastal Plains League, striking out eight men in 9 2/3, but posting a 7.45 ERA in a pair of no-decisions.
In the Pacific West Baseball League, Stafford Brantley has played in one game for the California Glory. The outfielder went 1-for-5 with a stolen base in his outing.
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