HAWK BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2014 SUMMER BASEBALL COMMITMENTS
Jan. 6, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team is pleased to announce that 12 student-athletes have committed to play in collegiate summer baseball leagues this upcoming summer. The group of Hawks will be scattered throughout seven different leagues and six states. Under the watch of Head Coach Pedro Swann, the Hawks have now had 26 players commit to collegiate summer baseball leagues over the past two years.
UMES will send four student-athletes to the Carolina-Virginia League. The league consists of 10 teams from the Virginia and North Carolina regions. Junior infielder Joshua James (Milford, Del.), junior reliever James Smith (Florence, S.C.) and freshman pitcher Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) will each play for the Charlotte Crushers. The Crushers recently moved from Winston-Salem and will open up their season on May 25.
Freshman infielder Skylar Murray (Millsboro, Del.) has signed to play for the Catawba Valley Stars of the CVBL. The Stars placed third in the league last season and play all home games at Lenoir Rhyne College and L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Texas Rangers Class-A affiliate, Hickory Crawdads. Last season, Catwaba Valley placed third in the league.
“I’m excited to go down south to play,” said Murray. “I will be able to get more experience and it will help me to continue to get better for next season.”
Junior outfielder Tim Gray (Dover, Del.) and freshman catcher Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) will take their talents north to play for the Sherrill Silversmiths of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The league has produced a plethora of MLB stars over the years, including Hunter Pence, Tim Hudson, Brad Lidge and Jason Motte. Last season, Sherrill finished in ninth place amongst the 11-team league.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) will be UMES’ lone representative in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, where he will play for the Vienna River Dogs. The league saw 22 current and former players drafted in the 2013 MLB Draft last season, including Hunter Renfroe in the first round. The River Dogs finished 23-21 and play will play 44 regular season games from May-August.
Sophomore shortstop Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) is set to take his services to the West Virginia Miners of the Prospect Baseball League. The PBL has had a handful of alumni with MLB experience in names such as Jonathon Papelbon, Gary Gaetti and Joe Giradi. The 11-team league spans six states across the heart of the United States and will play its regular season from May-August.
Freshman utility Troy Anderson (Bridgeport, W.V.) heads to the Walter Johnson Baseball League to play for the Haysville Aviators. The Aviators are based out of Haysville, Kan., and are part of an eight-team league stretching throughout Kansas and the surrounding states. Last summer, the Aviators finished 16-18, good for third place in the South Division. The season will stretch from May-July with playoffs extending into August.
As announced in a previous release, freshman outfielder Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) and junior pitcher Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) will play for the Petersburg Generals of the Coastal Plains League. The Petersburg Generals are among 14 teams in the CPL. As of last summer, over 1,000 of its former players had been drafted to Major League organizations, 60 of which have player in the Major Leagues. The league has seen players such as Justin Verlander, Ryan Zimmerman and Kevin Youkilis all come through its ranks.
Additionally, freshman outfielder Brock Long (Bear, Del.) will play in the Beach Collegiate League. His team assignment has yet to be announced.
Cal Ripken Collegiate League
Coastal Plains League
Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League
New York Collegiate Baseball League
Walter Johnson Baseball League
Beach Collegiate Baseball League
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