June 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane baseball's star players continue to impress throughout their respective summer leagues, as rising sophomores Stephen Alemais, Lex Kaplan and Jake Willsey continue to have success in the Cal Ripken League, the St. Louis Metro Collegiate League and the Futures Collegiate League, respectively.
Each week at TulaneGreenWave.com, Green Wave baseball fans can check in to see how their favorite players are doing in their respective leagues, as the Tulane Athletics Communication staff will put together a weekly summer report of the Green Wave baseball players.
Here is a breakdown of the highlights for the second week of summer league baseball. Please take note that not every player has arrived to their respective summer league squad.
The stats compiled here are posted on each player's respective league site.
CAPE COD LEAGUE
Ian Gibaut - Hyannis Harbor Hawks
Gibaut made his summer debut on June 11 in a 3-2 win over the Cotuit Kettleers, pitching 1.1 innings. Gibaut picked up the save in the process, fanning three batters while allowing a hit.
Richard Carthon - Cotuit Kettleers
Carthon's Kettleers got off to a slow start, dropping their first two games of the summer season. However, Carthon's squad has rattled off three-straight wins since then, Carthon has collected a couple of hits in addition to picking up a stolen base in a pinch running situation.
CAL RIPKEN LEAGUE
Stephen Alemais - Bethesda Big Train
Alemais has continued his hot summer by helping the Big Train go 2-1 in games during the past week. In a 10-1 win over the Alexandria Aces, Alemais blasted his first home run of the summer - a solo shot - to lead off the game. In that contest, the Bronx, New York native also swiped a bag while scoring two runs. Alemais had his first hitless game against the Gaithersburg Giants on June 10, but he did walk three times while adding a stolen base. In a 5-0 win over the Aces on June 14, Alemais collected two singles, a run and a walk while adding three stolen bases to bring his summer league total of swiped bags to 11. Alemais' batting average of .382 now ranks eighth in the league, while his stolen bases total leads the league. His 13 hits are tied for second during the summer league.
Grant Brown - Bethesda Big Train
After a slow start to the summer, Brown really picked things up this past week, as he went 5-for-13 (.384) at the dish with a double. In the Big Train's 10-1 win over the Aces, the Gulfport, Mississippi native collected two RBI while scoring a run during a 1-for-4 performance at the dish. During the following two games, Brown went 2-for-4 and 2-for-5, respectively. He doubled against the Aces on June 14 while adding his second stolen base of the summer in the 2-1 loss against the Giants.
Tim Yandel - Bethesda Big Train
Has yet to appear in a contest this summer.
J.P. France - Bethesda Big Train
France continues to set the Cal Ripken League batters on fire, as the Luling, Louisiana native fanned seven over 5.0 innings in a no-decision on June 10 against the Giants. France allowed just one hit in the process, holding his opposing hitters to a meager .103 batting average over his two starts this summer. France's 13 strikeouts rank fourth in the league, and he is the only pitcher with double-digit inning totals with a flawless ERA of 0.00 in the league.
Tyler Zamjahn - Alexandria Aces
One week after blowing the competition away in a 3.2-inning win against the D.C. Grays on June 4, Zamjahn had a rough start against the Bethesda Big Train on June 9, picking up the loss. The Harahan, Louisiana native allowed seven hits in 2.1 innings, while also allowing seven runs. Zamjahn is now 1-1 this summer.
Hunter Williams - Alexandria Aces
Williams went 1-for-3 with a walk in a 5-0 loss to the Big Train on June 14.
Sam Bjorngjeld - Herndon Braves
Bjorngjeld made two starts this past week, splitting the decisions. In his summer debut, the native of Sugar Land, Texas struck out two while allowing five hits in 3.0 innings during a 6-2 loss to the Vienna River Dogs. However, the lefty came back strong in his second start of the season, striking out seven Baltimore Dodgers batters while allowing just two hits in 6.0 innings to pick up the victory for the Braves in a 3-1 win.
TEXAS COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Troy Ward - Victoria Generals
After making four appearances during the first week of the season, Ward only appeared in one contest last week, pitching an inning during the Generals 9-3 win over the East Texas Pumpjacks. Ward did not allow a hit in the contest, lowering his opponent's batting average to .211 on the season.
FUTURES COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Jake Willsey - Broxton Rox
Willsey has continued to swing a hot bat, as the Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts native pounded out five hits in six games last week. Willsey went 1-for-3 with a double, two runs, a walk and a stolen base in a 10-3 win over the North Shore Navigators on June 10. Two games later, he went 1-for-3 with a run and followed that up with a 1-3 performance with a run and a walk. Willsey closed out the week with a 2-for-4 day at the dish with a double and two stolen bases against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs in a 3-2 win. Willsey is third in the Futures Collegiate League in batting average, hitting at a clip of .462.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE
Daniel Rankin - Danbury Westerners
Has yet to appear in a contest this summer.
ST LOUIS METRO COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Lex Kaplan - Dodgers
Kaplan's Dodgers played four games last week, going 2-2, and much of their success could be attributed to the St. Louis native. Kaplan collected a hit in all four games, going 4-for-10 on the week. Kaplan add a walk and a stolen base in the Dodger's 7-5 loss to the Knights on June 5 before walking three times, stealing two bases and knocking in two runs on a double and a sacrifice fly in a 7-6 win over the Saints on June 6. The next day, Kaplan posted another double, and the rising sophomore rounded out his week by scoring a run, swiping a base, singling and walking twice in a 3-2 loss to the Bandits on June 14. Kaplan is hitting .375 during the summer, good for sixth place in the league.
NORTH JERSEY AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE
John Gandolfo - Wyckoff Raiders
Gandolfo played in one contest this past week, but played well, as the rising senior went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 3-2 win over the Englewood A's on June 11.
Jordan Gross - Wyckoff Raiders
Like Gandolfo, Gross appeared in one game last week, and he too had an outstanding outing. Gross struck out eight batters while walking none in 6.0 innings during the Raiders' 3-2 win over the A's. Gross allowed just four hits and two runs - one earned - lowering his season ERA to 1.17.
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