Deacs in Summer Ball: July 28
July 28, 2016

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Sixteen current Demon Deacons are in action around collegiate summer baseball leagues. Take a look below at how they've fared so far this summer.

Cape Cod Baseball League

Wareham Gateman
Gavin Sheets - Wake Forest's first baseman cooled off in the middle of the season, seeing his average dip to .239, but has heated back up again recently. He's currently on a seven-game hitting streak, hitting .440 over that span, as the Gatemen have won all seven of those games. Overall, Sheets is hitting .275 with three homers, three stolen bases, and is second on the team with 22 RBIs. Wareham has a 21-14-3 record, locking up a playoff spot.

Chatham Anglers
Stuart Fairchild - The rising junior has been one of Chatham's top offensive players, as he's currently tied for the team lead with seven extra-base hits and is second with 11 RBIs. On Tuesday, he hit a game-winning three-run longball in the ninth inning of a win over Yarmouth-Dennis. Overall, he's hitting .235 with three stolen bases in 31 games.

Johnny Aiello - Aiello has increased his batting average nearly 20 points in recent weeks as he has hits in four of the past five games. He hit his first longball of the summer against Bourne on July 12, and is hitting .176 in 30 total games.

New England Collegiate Baseball League

Newport Gulls
Ben Breazeale - The rising senior continues to get on base regularly and had a recent six-game hitting streak. He has a .232 average and .406 on-base percentage overall, and had three hits, a home run and four RBIs in a recent game against Danbury. The Gulls are second in their division with a 23-18 record.

 

 

Vermont Mountaineers
Rayne Supple - Supple has settled in since returning to pitch in his home state, steadily lowering his ERA over the summer. In seven outings and two starts, he's 0-1 with a 4.33 ERA and has struck out 22 batters in 18.2 innings. His best outing came in a 5-0 win over Keene on July 10, tossing 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit.

Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League

Amsterdam Mohawks
Griffin Roberts - Roberts earned a spot in the PGCBL all-star game thanks to a mostly steady summer. Overall, he is 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in seven games (six starts), striking out 37 in 31.0 innings. Outside of a nine-run outing, Roberts would have a 1.33 ERA. He struck out eight batters over 5.0 innings in his most recent outing on July 22.

David Peljovich - The left-handed reliever has also pitched well for Amsterdam. Allowing less than a hit per inning, Peljovich is 0-1 with a 3.85 ERA in nine outings in relief, also striking out a batter per frame. Amsterdam leads its division by four games with a 31-14 record.

Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

Baltimore Redbirds
Jake Mueller - The rising sophomore has had a fantastic summer, finishing the regular season with a .349 average, seven doubles, 17 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 29 games as Baltimore won the regular season crown with a 29-11 record. Mueller, a league all-star, is 4-for-7 with two doubles and three steals in playoff action and scored the game-winning run in extra innings to clinch the opening series.

Valley Baseball League

Harrisonburg Turks
Jonathan Pryor - A returning two-year starter for the Deacs, Pryor led the Turks this summer with a .358 average in 36 games. He also had a team-high 11 doubles and was third with 26 RBIs, earning a spot in the VBL all-star game. He finished third in the league in average, leading the Turks to a 27-15 record.

Donnie Sellers - Another VBL all-star, Sellers has split time between starting and relieving. He's 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA, striking out 29 batters in 22.0 innings. Sellers hasn't pitched since July 1, when he struck out seven batters over 4.0 frames.

John McCarren - McCarren has made six starts, currently holding a 4-1 record and 3.70 ERA. His most recent start was also his best, allowing two hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 5.0 shutout frames on July 20. He has struck out 27 in 34.0 innings, allowing 28 hits and nine walks.

Chris Farish - The 31st round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, Farish has recovered nicely after a rocky start, lowering his ERA from 13.50 after his third outing to 3.38 after his ninth. He has allowed just three earned runs over his last 20.0 innings, going 6.0 innings with six strikeouts in each of his last two outings, both starts. The Turks start play in the league quarterfinals, which begin tonight.

Charlottesville TomSox
Bruce Steel - Steel fell into a midseason slump before picking it up at the end of the season, finishing 4-for-12 with a homer over his last four games. He also made the VBL all-star game, where he had two hits and two runs scored. Steel hit a team-high four home runs and two triples, finishing second with 18 RBIs while hitting .242.

Staunton Braves
Parker Johnson - Johnson is continuing to flash a high strikeout rate he showed for the first time this spring. In 13 games, he has a 2-1 record and 3.10 ERA, holding a 44-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 29.0 innings. In a July 21 game, he recorded strikeouts for seven of his eight outs in 2.2 hitless frames. Johnson was also named a VBL all-star.

Keegan Maronpot - Maronpot was the hottest hitter on his team the second half of the year, increasing his average from .234 to .269. He led the team with 10 doubles, 17 extra-base hits, 27 RBIs and 28 walks, also hitting five longballs and stealing five bases as the team earned a postseason berth. Maronpot also competed in the all-star game and league home run derby.

Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League

Deep River Muddogs
Ben Casstevens - A rising sophomore, Casstevens has recovered from a slow start. He has tossed three straight scoreless outings, striking out four and allowing just one hit and one walk over 3.0 innings, lowering his ERA to 15.95.

The rest of the returning Deacons: Parker Dunshee, Logan Harvey, Bobby Hearn, Connor Johnstone, Drew Loepprich, Jack Schofield and Tyler Witt are currently rehabbing, resting, and/or training, and not playing summer ball.

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