The Collegiate National Team and Japan will return to the diamond on Monday when they travel to Wilson, N.C., for a 7 p.m. showdown at Fleming Stadium, home of the CPL's Wilson Tobs.
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Will Maddox is staying in hotels, riding from one town to another on buses and living his dream.
The former Gainesville High and University of Tennessee standout recently signed with the Detroit Tigers, after being selected in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. He started playing with the short-season Class A Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League last week.
"Being drafted was obviously a great privilege," Maddox said in a phone interview Tuesday. "It's been my dream since I was a little kid to play professional baseball, and this gives me that opportunity."
Duffy hit solo home runs in the second, fourth and eighth innings for the third multi-home run game of his career. He also homered Sunday in Omaha and now has four homers in the past two games.
The RedHawks infielder became the second player in the PCL to hit three homers in a game this season, following Tacoma's Jabari Blash, who did it June 3 against El Paso.
Duffy had struggled early on with OKC since being promoted to the Astros' top affiliate. He was just 2-for-23 prior to Sunday's action. Since then he has hit four homers and raised his average to .194 with the four home runs and seven RBIs. Duffy hit .302 with Corpus Christi before being recalled in late May.
Simunic, 28, was the 17th round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2008 June draft out of the University of Tennessee. He batted .276 with 59 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs, 161 RBIs and 64 stolen bases over parts of seven seasons in the Astros' organization. Simunic played 30 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, batting .263 (25-for-95) with five doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs and one stolen base. He was released by the Astros on June 1.