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Boys of Summer: Tulane Baseball Summer League Week Five Report

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July 7, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - While the nation celebrated its 238th birthday last week, many Tulane baseball players celebrated by playing in its national pastime during the fifth week of their summer league placements.

While the schedule was light for many of the leagues, it didn't stop the designated Tulane players from putting together solid performances. Rising redshirt junior Alex Massey had an outstanding performance in his summer-league debut, while shortstop Stephen Alemais continued to swing the bat as well as anyone in the Cal Ripken League. Lex Kaplan, in the one game he played in, also had a stellar outing.

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 fifth 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 had a light load this past week, as he appeared in just one game, throwing an inning against the Falmouth Commodores on July 5. The Houston native allowed one run on one hit while also recording a strikeout. Through seven games on the season, Gibaut owns a 1-1 record with a save while posting six strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

CAL RIPKEN LEAGUE

Stephen Alemais - Bethesda Big Train
Alemais saw action in three games last week, and he did not disappoint. The Bronx, New York, native went 6-for-14 (.429) in those three games with one double, three RBI, three runs and four stolen bases. Alemais kicked off his week with a single in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Redbirds on June 30. The following game - a 7-3 win over the Gaithersburg Giants on July 5 - Alemais went 2-for-5 with a run, two RBI and a stolen base. He saved his finest performance of the week for July 6, where he played a crucial part in helping his team defeat the D.C. Grays 8-6. Alemais went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs, an RBI and three stolen bases - a summer-league high for him. Alemais is now batting .347 on the season with 17 RBI and 20 stolen bases. His .347 clip is third in the league, while his 20 swiped bags paces the league.

Grant Brown - Bethesda Big Train
Did not appear in any contests last week.

Tim Yandel - Bethesda Big Train
Yandel solely saw time on the mound last week, as the Woodstock, Georgia, native made two appearances while picking up his first win of the summer. The rising junior started on the mound against the Baltimore Redbirds on June 30, allowing one hit while facing just three batters. However, on July 5 against the Gaithersburg Giants, Yandel was explosive, as he fanned three while allowing just two hits across 3.0 innings for the win. In five games on the year, Yandel is 1-0 with a miniscule 1.28 ERA while striking out five in 7.0 innings.

J.P. France - Bethesda Big Train
Did not appear in any contests last week.

Tyler Zamjahn - Alexandria Aces
Zamjahn pitched in one game last week, totaling 1.1 innings in a 10-5 loss to the Vienna River Dogs. The Harahan, Louisiana, native allowed one run on two hits while also recording a strikeout. In 12.1 innings on the summer circuit, Zamjahn has fanned 19 batters while posting a 1-2 record.

Hunter Williams - Alexandria Aces
Williams played in two games last week, notching an RBI and a single across the two contests. In a 3-2 win against the Youses Orioles on July 2, Williams posted an RBI-groundout for his seventh RBI of the summer. The following game, the rising sophomore was successful in his lone at-bat, singling during a 2-1 loss to the Gaithersburg Giants on July 6.

Alex Massey - Baltimore Redbirds
Massey made his summer-league debut in a relief appearance on July 6, and he did so in grand fashion. In 2.0 innings of work, Massey allowed a hit, but recorded all six of his outs on strikeouts. Massey reported to the team just last week.

Sam Bjorngjeld - Herndon Braves
Bjorngjeld saw time on the mound during a 7-4 loss to the Alexandria Aces on July 5. In that contest, the southpaw pitched 2.2 innings, allowing one hit and one run while facing nine batters.

TEXAS COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

Troy Ward - Victoria Generals
Ward pitched once last week, covering 2.0 innings for the Generals during their 7-6 win over the Acadiana Cane Cutters on July 2. Ward allowed three hits and a walk during the contest. This summer, the North Richland Hills, Texas, native has posted a 2-2 record with a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings.

FUTURES COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

Jake Willsey - Broxton Rox
Did not appear in any contests last week.

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Dan Rankin - Danbury Westerners
Rankin made his second appearance of the summer in the Westerners 7-2 loss to the Ocean State Waves on July 2. In that contest, the Katy, Texas, native totaled 3.0 innings while allowing two hits and a walk. Rankin also added three strikeouts.

ST LOUIS METRO COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

Lex Kaplan - Dodgers
Kaplan played in just one game last week, but he certainly made his presence felt. In the Dodgers 9-5 win over the Rebels on June 30, Kaplan went 2-for-4 with a single and a three-run home run while also walking once. On the season, Kaplan is hitting .359 with seven doubles - both second in the league - while his two home runs are tied for fourth. Kaplan remains the league leader in walks with 17.

NORTH JERSEY AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE

John Gandolfo - Wyckoff Raiders
Gandolfo played in one game last week, a contest against the Paramus Birds on June 30. In that tilt, the rising senior went 1-for-4 with a run. On the summer, Gandolfo is batting .267 with 12 hits, six RBI and three stolen bases.

Jordan Gross - Wyckoff Raiders
Did not appear in any contests last week.

ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL ASSOCIATION

Matt Braud- New Orleans Boosters
Braud's Boosters played on July 3, and he performed particularly well for the third-straight week. The Jesuit product went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a hit by pitch.

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