Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer of the Eagles: Summer baseball leagues

Andrew Lauritzen
A number of Edgewood College baseball players are gaining experience and honing their skills in collegiate summer leagues.

Rising senior pitcher Trevor Koehn played the first half of the season with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League. Koehn made five appearances and got stronger nearly every time out of bull pen. He went 1-1, picking up his first win on June 30 when he threw three innings of shutout ball, which gave the Rafters the chance to rally from behind for an 8-6 victory over the La Crosse Loggers. Koehn had a 3.68 earned run average in 14.2 innings pitched, while striking out seven batters. The Northwoods League is generally considered one of the nation's top wood bat collegiate summer leagues.

Andrew Lauritzen picked up right where he left off at the end of his freshman season for the Eagles. Laurtizen, playing for the Olympia (Wash.) Athletics in the Puget Sound Collegiate League, leads the entire PSCL in batting average (.500) and is third in slugging percentage (.553) as of July 7. Laurtizen's team is currently fourth in the PSCL with a record of 7-11.

Ryan O'Dell, who will be a senior next season, is playing again for the Oswego (Ill.) Cats in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League. Last summer O'Dell and the Cats won the AABC Illinois State championship, the AABC North Central Regional Championship and advanced to the AABC Stan Musial World Series where they placed fourth. O'Dell is currently hitting .291 and is second on the team with 14 runs batted in. O'Dell's team has won 11 of their last 13 games and is in second place with a 13-8 record.

Other Eagles are playing in the legendary Home Talent Baseball League, an adult amateur circuit based in south central Wisconsin that began in 1929. Ben Jennings is playing for Black Earth, who currently leads the Northern Section, Jared Raupp is on the Monroe team and Peter Hefty is playing for Hollandale. Hefty ranks eighth in the Western Section with a .361 batting average.


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