Deacs in Summer Ball: August 15
Aug. 15, 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 finished the summer strong, recording hits in 13 of the final 14 games to lead Wareham to a playoff berth. In total, Sheets hit .290 with five doubles, a triple, three homers, 25 RBIs and three stolen bases. He played well in two playoff losses to Bourne, recording two hits in each game.

Jonathan Pryor - A returning two-year starter for the Deacs, Pryor joined the Wareham Gatemen after his season concluded with the Harrisonburg Turks. In 21 plate appearances with Wareham, he reached base 10 times, including four times in two playoff games. He led the Turks with a .358 batting average, recording a total of 12 doubles, two triples, a home run, 28 RBIs, 26 walks and seven stolen bases, and was named to the first team All-Valley League team.

Chatham Anglers
Stuart Fairchild - The rising junior was one of Chatham's top offensive players, as he led the team with eight extra-base hits and finished third with 11 RBIs, also stealing three bases. The Anglers beat Harwich in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Yarmouth-Dennis. Overall, Fairchild hit .234 with six doubles, a triple and home run.

Johnny Aiello - Aiello played better as the summer went on, recording hits in 11 of his final 14 games. He hit .286 over five playoff games, including his second longball of the summer in a 3-1 win over Harwich.

 

 

New England Collegiate Baseball League

Newport Gulls
Ben Breazeale - The rising senior got on base consistently all summer, finishing with an on-base percentage better than .400. Over 24 games, Breazeale finished with a .232 average, three doubles, a home run and 23 walks.

Vermont Mountaineers
Rayne Supple - Supple pitched well after returning to his home state, and dominated in his final outing of the year. On Aug. 2, he allowed just two hits and two walks over 6.0 scoreless frames to earn the win, striking out five. That outing lowered his ERA to 3.28, and he struck out more than a batter per inning.

Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League

Amsterdam Mohawks
Griffin Roberts - Roberts and the Mohawks claimed the PGCBL title behind a strong summer. Roberts started a playoff win over Albany, allowing one earned run over 4.0 innings with five strikeouts. In total in the summer, he went 4-1 with a 3.23 ERA, striking out 46 batters in 39.0 innings.

David Peljovich - The left-handed reliever also pitched well en route to a league title. He finished with a 2.70 ERA in 12 appearances, striking out 10 batters in as many innings while allowing opponents to hit below .150 against him. Peljovich didn't allow a run in any of his final five outings.

Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

Baltimore Redbirds
Jake Mueller - Mueller capped off an impressive summer with a strong playoff effort, where he hit .400 with four doubles in five games for the Redbirds. In total, the rising sophomore hit .357 with 11 doubles, 18 RBIs, 14 walks and 16 stolen bases in Baltimore. The Redbirds fell in the championship series, two games to one.

Valley Baseball League

Harrisonburg Turks
Donnie Sellers - Another VBL all-star, Sellers split time between starting and relieving. He finished the year 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA, striking out 29 batters in 22.0 innings. His final summer outing came on 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 also made one playoff appearance, striking out three batters in 1.1 innings.

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 3.37 to conclude the year. 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.

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 wrapped up an impressive summer, finishing with a 2-1 record, 3.44 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 34.0 innings. In the playoffs, he struck out eight batters over 5.0 frames, as he finished with 19 strikeouts over his final 10.1 innings total.

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 recovered well after a slow start. He allowed just one run over his last four outings, striking out five and allowing just three hits and one walk over 5.0 innings, lowering his ERA to 13.50.

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

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