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HU Baseball Players Gain Experience in Summer Collegiate Leagues
The Harding baseball program has several members spending their summers playing in collegiate leagues around the country.
Players are eligible to play if they have attended at least one year of college and have at least one year of eligibility remaining. The leagues generally operate from early June to early August.
Harding head coach Dr. Patrick McGaha said that his philosophy about summer baseball is different for his hitters and pitchers.
“For our hitters, it is good for them to continue to see pitching and get swings against live pitching,” McGaha said. “It is especially good for the younger guys.
“We are a little more cautions for pitchers. We did not send our top starters out, but it is important for our young guys and relievers to stay sharp by playing during the summer, especially if they did not pitch a lot of innings during the spring.”
Below are Harding student-athletes playing in leagues that have official statistics available on-line.
• James Anderson (Adirondak Trail Blazers, New York Collegiate Baseball League)
11 games, .368 (14-for-38), 1 HR, 9 RBI
• Matt Calhoun (Hornell Dodgers, New York Collegiate Baseball League)
25 games, .382 (34-for-89), 6 HR, 21 RBI … tied for the league lead in home runs and seventh in RBI.
• Nick Ford (6-4-3 Cougars, Sunbelt League)
3 games, 1 start, 0-0, 9.64 ERA, 4.2 IP, 4 K
• Gabe Fyock (Woodlands Strykers, Texas Collegiate League)
21 games, .189 (14-for-74), 0 HR, 7 RBI
• Harrison Hunter (Windward Braves, Sunbelt League)
3 games, .250 (1-for-4), 0 HR, 1 RBI
• Bronson Smith (Quincy Gems, Prospect League)
15 games, 2-1, 2.33 ERA, 4 Sv, 27.0 IP, 13 K
• Josh Spears (Xenia Scouts, Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League)
9 games, 2-1, 2.50 ERA, 18.0 IP, 14 K
• Tyler Stanford (Hornell Dodgers, New York Collegiate Baseball League)
18 games, .222 (10-for-45), 0 HR, 7 RBI
• Cameron Walker (Woodlands Strykers, Texas Collegiate League)
1 game, 1 start, 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 7.0 IP, 4 K
• Trent Wooldridge (Slippery Rock Sliders, Prospect League)
30 games, .256 (32-for-125), 0 HR, 12 RBI
Other players in action this summer include: Bryce Bradley (Myrtle Beach Sea Dragons, Myrtle Beach Summer Collegiate League), John Chapman (North Little Rock Colts, American Legion), Alan Copeland (Texarkana Razorbacks, American Legion), Tal Gerald (Jacksonville Ospreys, Jacksonville MABL), Ross Harrison (Heber Springs Dodgers, American Legion), David McKenzie (DBAT Mustangs, Dallas Amateur Baseball Association), and Kyler Offenbacker (Fayetteville Lindsey Dodgers, American Legion).