NEW YORK – A pair of rising Columbia baseball sophomores have been named all-stars for their respective collegiate league teams. Ivy League Rookie of the Year Julian Bury will represent the Seacoast Mavericks in The Futures League midseason classic and left-handed pitcher Ben Wereski earned the same honor from the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
Bury is hitting .296 with 11 doubles, a dinger and 18 RBI in 34 contests. Wereski has been one of the best strikeout pitchers in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, racking up 36 K’s with the Olean Oilers, good for fifth most in the league. He earned back-to-back wins on June 17 and 25 after tallying 23 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.
Additionally, a number of current Lions are having strong summer seasons. See below for a full report and follow Columbia baseball on Twitter (@CULionsBaseball) for frequent updates.
California Collegiate League
Chandler Bengtson and Ty Wiest have helped the Santa Barbara Foresters to a 21-8 record, which leads the Central Division and is the highest win total of any team in the league. Bengtson is hitting .250 with a homer and 14 runs scored in 24 appearances. Wiest has been dominant on the hill, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.20 EA and 30 strikeouts in seven outings. The senior right-hander has allowed just one earned run over his last 24.3 innings.
Futures League AJ DiFillipo is a teammate of Bury on the Mavericks and is also enjoying a solid season. DiFillipo checks in with a .297 average with three homers and 17 RBI, one behind Bury for the club lead.
Jack Harlan has appeared in six contests, making four starts. with the first-place Wachusett Dirt Dawgs in the West Division. His best performance came on June 13 where he went 4.1 innings allowing two runs with five strikeouts.
Golden State League
Pitchers Jordan Chriss and Leo Pollack are contributing to the success of the 25-3 San Francisco Seagulls. Chriss is 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA and 16 punch-outs in 17.2 innings of work. In his last outing, he earned a victory after lasting 5.1 innings allowing just one run with four strikeouts. Pollack is 3-1 with a save, a 2.80 ERA and 26 strikeouts, compared to just four walks, in 19 frames. The southpaw started the season with a 12.2-inning scoreless streak.
Great Lakes Lake
Dan Harrington has made six appearances out of the bullpen for the Grand River Loggers. Harrington has posted three consecutive scoreless outings, dating back to July 6 and struck out three batters in his 2.0 innings of work.
Two more Lions’ hurlers have stayed close to Columbia with Lucas Hall and Nick O’Brien competing with the Shelter Island Bucks. Hall, who has not seen collegiate action while recovering from injury, has appeared in four contests with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work. O’Brien has made seven starts and has 14 strikeouts on the year. Against Sag Harbor on June 18, O’Brien allowed just one earned run on six hits over seven innings.
Ian Burns has seen action in 10 games, making two starts for the Sanford Mainers. He has 29 strikeouts in just 21.2 innings of work. He picked up a victory on June 13 with three innings of three-hit ball to go with four K’s.
The reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Randell Kanemaru, is batting .262 with six long balls and has driven in 22 runs in 26 games for the Ocean State Waves. He leads the first-place squad (20-6), that was ranked No. 1 among all collegiate summer ball teams in the nation on July 14, in home runs and RBI.
Liam McGill has played in 19 games, splitting time between DH and first base for the Newport Gulls. He drove in a pair of runs on July 8.
Perfect Game League
Teaming up with the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, Ben Porter and Joe Engel have been staples in the lineup for the 23-8 team (second best record in PGCBL). Porter checks in with a .269 batting average with seven doubles, nine RBI and nine steals. Engel is hitting .257 with 12 RBI in 29 games.
Mark Patrick Flynn was a midseason pickup for the Oneonta Outlaws. He has seen action in eight games in the outfield, registering a two-run homer in his season debut on June 21. Flynn has made three appearances on the mound and has three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work.
Michael Kuzbel is with the Herndon Braves for the second consecutive summer. He has played in 33 contests, including a 3-for-5 performance in a win over the Baltimore Dodgers on June 14.