August 19, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- While Vols Vincent Jackson, Drake Owenby and A.J. Simcox return to Knoxville with Cape Cod League Championship title honors, we're taking a look at the Volunteer 'Boys of Summer' who finished their seasons with many noteworthy accomplishments. Get the full breakdown of the Vols summer action here.
ALASKA BASEBALL LEAGUE
Jordan Rodgers - INF, Matsu Miners
Season: .265, 32 G, 16 R, 27 H, 7 2B, 0 HR, 14 RBIs, 3-5 SB
Jordan Rodgers and the Matsu Miners finished second in the Alaska Baseball League, dropping both games of the ABL Championship to the Alaska Goldpanners. Rodgers went 1-for-4 with a double in the two-game championship series (July 29-30) and was named an ABL All-Star.
Kyle Serrano - RHP, Matsu Miners
Season: 0-2, 4.18 ERA, 7 G, 23.2 IP, 16 H, 17 R, 11 ER, 26 BB, 35 K
Kyle Serrano pitched in seven games (including six starts) for the Miners this summer, recording 35 strikeouts over 23.2 innings pitched. His 35 strikeouts ranked third-best on the club and fifth in the League, while his 23.2 innings pitched were tied for second-most among the Matsu pitching staff.
Bret Marks - RHP, Anchorage Bucs
Season: 2-2, 1.89 ERA, 12 G, 42.2 IP, 32 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 15 BB, 49 K
Bret Marks dominated Alaska Baseball League pitching this summer, leading the League with 49 strikeouts and maintaining a 1.89 ERA over his 12 appearances (five starts). His 1.89 ERA was also fifth-best among ABL pitchers. Marks, who was also named an Alaska Baseball League All-Star, helped the Bucs to a 26-18 season finish, just missing the ABL playoffs.
Peter Lenstrohm - RHP, Anchorage Bucs
Season: 2-2, 3.52 ERA, 17 G, 23.0 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 15 BB, 22 K
Right-handed reliever Peter Lenstrohm went 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA over his 17 games with Anchorage. To end his season in Alaska, he held an 8.0-scoreless inning streak (July 10-21) and allowed just four hits during that span.
Johnny Youngblood - OF, Anchorage Bucs
Season: .161, 28 G, 14 R, 10 H, 3 RBIs, 13 SB
Outfielder Johnny Youngblood played 28 games with the Bucs this summer, compiling a .161 average with 13 stolen bases. He also had one of his best games on July 22, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two doubles against the Chugiak Chinooks.
Nick Senzel - IF, Matsu Miners
Season: .190, 17 G, 14 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBIs, 4 SB
Nick Senzel began the Alaska Baseball League season with the Miners and hit at a .190 clip over 17 games. During that span, he recorded two doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs with four stolen bags.
CAL RIPKEN LEAGUE
Eric Martin - RHP, Bethesda Big Train
Season: 0-0, 3.27 ERA, 10 G, 11.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 8 K
Senior Eric Martin threw 11.0 relief innings for the Bethesda Big Train this summer and had a fantastic start, holding a 6.0-scoreless innings streak over six appearances from June 6-28. During that span, he recorded six strikeouts and only allowed two walks.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Tyler Schultz - C, LA Brewers
Season: .295, 31 G, 17 R, 28 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 4-5 SB
Another summer league champion returning to Knoxville is senior catcher Tyler Schultz, as he and his LA Brewers won the California Collegiate League Championship. Schultz made the All-Tournament Team, going 3-for-11 with a run scored and four RBIs. In 31 games, Schultz held a .987 fielding percentage behind the dish and was successful in four of his five stolen base attempts. Following the CCL season, Schultz was also named to the California Collegiate League 2014 All-League Team and was the lone catcher selected to the 2014 CCL South All-Division Team.
Jeff Moberg - INF, SLO Blues
Season: .283, 41 G, 33 R, 41 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBIs, 14-17 SB
Jeff Moberg and the San Luis Obispo Blues finished third in the California Collegiate League. Moberg hit .283 with six doubles and 21 RBIs, which ranked fifth on the SLO squad. His 22 walks were the second-most among Blues batters while he was also the third-most hit-by-pitch player with eight plunks on the season.
Steven Kane - RHP, LA Brewers
Season: 0-3, 3 SV, 2.99 ERA, 9 G, 32.1 IP, 28 H, 17 R, 14 BB, 28 K
Incoming Vol transfer Steven Kane (Cypress College) shared the California Collegiate League Championship with teammate Tyler Schultz. Over the summer, Kane made nine appearances and collected an 0-3 record with three saves and a 2.99 ERA. His three saves tied for the most by a Brewer this season, while his 28 strikeouts tied for fifth-most on the club.
Tei Vanderford - RHP, SLO Blues
Season: 1-1, 1.69 ERA, 4 G, 16.0 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 16 K
Tei Vanderford began the season with the Blues and pitched in four games, maintaining a 1-1 record with a 1.69 ERA over 16.0 innings pitched. He fanned 16 batters and walked only three, good for a 5.33 strikeout/walk ratio.
GREAT LAKES SUMMER COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Derek Lance - OF, Cincinnati Steam
Season (Hitting): .317, 31 G, 23 R, 38 H, 6 2B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 9-13 SB
Season (Pitching): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Derek Lance finished the summer by earning First-Team honors in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He led the Steam in batting average (.317) and on-base percentage (.388), while finishing second in hits (38), runs (23) and stolen bases (9).
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE
Eric Freeman - RHP, Laconia Muskrats
Season: 1-1, 4.23 ERA, 19 G, 27.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 14 ER, 11 BB, 24 K
Eric Freeman appeared in 19 games this summer season for the Laconia Muskrats. Freeman fanned 24 batters in his 27.2 relief innings, ranking fifth on the team in strikeouts. His 27.2 innings stood as the most by a Laconia reliever during the regular season. The right-hander went on to throw 1.2 innings in the Muskrats NECBL playoff game against Vermont.
Trevor Charpie - RHP, St. Cloud Rox
Season: 4-1, 4.50 ERA, 19 G, 2 SV, 42.0 IP, 45 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 20 BB, 47 K
Trevor Charpie went 4-1 with two saves and a 4.50 ERA in 19 relief appearances for the St. Cloud Rox this summer. His 47 strikeouts, four wins and two saves each ranked third on the club, while his 42.0 innings pitched were the second-most by a Rox relief pitcher. He did not allow a run through his first four outings (spanning 8.1 innings) and collected a summer season-high sevent punchouts in his 3.1 inning effort for the win on July 11 against Waterloo.