SHU Summer Baseball Update with Tim Best: Dog Days of SummerDate: August 3, 2017
By: Tim Best
The calendar has finally turned to August, which means that the end of summer is near. This also means that summer baseball season is almost over, as well as postseasons in summer collegiate leagues across the country are now underway. Some teams that are still alive at this stage of the season feature Seton Hall's top returning players for the 2018 season, so here is a guide for what and who to watch for this postseason.
Before the NECBL portion of the preview, the league held its all-star game on Sunday and featured four Pirates: Al Molina, Andrew Politi, Mike Alescio, and Ryan Ramiz. The game ended in a 5-5 tie and Politi was the shining star of these four players, throwing a scoreless second inning with a strikeout. All four will be playing in the NECBL postseason, which will start on Thursday. Ramiz and the Mystic Schooners host the Plymouth Pilgrims with the winner moving on to the South Division Championship Series to face the Ocean State Waves, which feature Politi and Alescio. Molina and the Upper Valley Nighthawks will await the winner between the Keene Swamp Bats and Valley Blue Sox in the North Division. Molina finished the regular season third on his team in home runs (6) and RBIs (26). Alescio looks to continue his late-season surge in the postseason for the Ocean State Waves. The rising senior hit in 12 consecutive games before having his streak snapped in the regular season finale on Tuesday. He finished the regular season with a .266 average with four homers and a dozen RBIs. On the mound, Politi has shined all summer long. Another soon-to-be senior, he had a 1.77 ERA with 28 strikeouts and just three walks allowed in 25.1 innings pitched. Ramiz had another solid campaign for the Mystic Schooners, who are the defending NECBL champions. He finished fifth on the team with a .263 average to go along with four home runs and 17 RBIs.
Last but not least, another Seton Hall pitcher has earned Pitcher of the Week honors in the Coastal Plains League. Billy Layne, Jr. was named POTW after picking up a complete-game victory for the Gastonia Grizzlies on Saturday over the Florence Redwolves. The rising junior allowed just one run on four hits while walking four walks and striking out seven. On the season, he is 5-2 with a 3.72 ERA.
That's all for this week's update. Check back next week for the final installment of SHU summer baseball updates!
Tim Best can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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