NEW YORK – As the month of August comes to a close, so to does the summer collegiate baseball season. Numerous Lions saw their summer ball teams reach postseason play, continuing the winning ways that Columbia enjoyed this past spring.
After helping Columbia secure its first Ivy League title since 2008, right-handed pitcher David Spinosa found himself as a key contributor to the Waynesboro Generals championship run in the Valley Baseball League (Virginia). After throwing 25.2 innings in the regular season, while recording a miniscule 1.05 ERA, Spinosa tossed 5.2 innings in the playoffs, as Waynesboro topped Strasburg in a three-game set to win its first Valley title since 2007.
Rising sophomore pitcher Adam Cline was among the most active Columbia players this summer, racking up a team-high 63 innings of work for Top Speed Baseball of the Far West League. Cline appeared in 16 games for Top Speed, making 10 starts over the course of the season. His 56 strikeouts and 2.57 ERA were both second on the team. Cline earned his sixth win of the summer in the Far West playoffs, going six innings, while only surrendering one earned run, as Top Speed downed the California Warriors.
Thomas Crispi also saw increased time on the hill for the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League as the summer went on. Also a rising sophomore, Crispi registered a respectable 2.07 ERA over 39 innings. He also tallied 41 strikeouts on the year.
Also in the FCBL, playing with the Pittsfield Suns, was infielder John Kinne. The Great Barrignton, Mass. native, had a stellar summer at the dish for the Suns, batting .315 with 28 RBI and 27 runs scored. Kinne also earned 22 walks on the season, to post a .413 on-base percentage.
In the Cape Cod League, pitcher David Speer made a pair of appearances in the Chatham Anglers’ East Division Championship Series against Orleans. In 1.1 innings of work, Speer did not allow a run and gave up just two hits. The solid postseason showing highlighted Speer’s regular season with the Anglers, when he posted a 0.79 ERA over 11.1 innings.