NEW YORK – Columbia baseball’s rising juniors Joe Engel and Ben Porter played key roles in delivering a Perfect Game League Championship to the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs Tuesday night. The title capped the summer league season for 15 current members of the Lions, who represented Columbia across the nation.


In the deciding game of the best-of-three series, Engel went 2-for-4 with two runs. Porter delivered a solo shot in the top of the fourth which proved to be the winning run in an 8-4 victory over the Jamestown Jammers.


Engel batted .364 with a pair of RBI and six runs in six playoff contests. He was 4-for-11 with four runs and RBI in the championship series. In the regular season, Downers Grove, Illinois, native hit .263 with 20 runs scored and 18 RBI in 44 contests.


Porter recorded a hit in all three games against Jamestown, including a bases clearing triple in game one of the series. The centerfielder posted a .279 batting average with eight doubles, 24 runs and 14 RBI in 44 regular season contests.



Ben Wereski capped his strong season with the Olean Oilers with a scoreless three-inning, five-strikeout outing in a playoff game against the Genesee Rapids. The sophomore southpaw finished the regular season with a 2-3 record with 40 strikeouts, which was sixth in the league, in 35.1 innings of work.


California Collegiate League

Wiest was one of the top pitchers in the CCL, going 4-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 39 K’s in 38.2 innings, en route to earning All-CCL honors. The two-time Columbia captain started the season with four consecutive scoreless outings, highlighted by six shutout frames with seven strikeouts. Bengtson played in 28 games, compiling a .270 batting average with two homers and 10 RBI. In his final 10 games, the first basemen went 10-for-30.


Futures League

AJ DiFillipo hit .309 with six homers and 25 RBI in 39 games for the Seacoast Mavericks. He was joined by Julian Bury, who closed his All-Star campaign with a team-high 11 doubles to go with a .278 batting average, two home runs and 20 RBI.


Jack Harlan’s Wachusett Dirt Dawgs squad reached the postseason but fell in the first round. Harlan made eight appearances and struck out eight in eight innings. He tossed a scoreless inning of relief against the Mavericks and faced Bury, who reached via fielder’s choice.


Golden State League

Hurlers Leo Pollack and Jordan Chriss had strong seasons with the San Francisco Gulls. Pollack, selected first team All-GSCBL on Aug. 15, went 6-1 with a pair of saves, a 2.47 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 36.1 innings of work. Chriss made five starts and made seven appearances overall, going 3-1 with a 3.85 ERA and 24 K’s in 28.0 innings.


Great Lakes Lake

Dan Harrington had an impressive streak of eight relief appearances without allowing a run. He pitched in 12 games on the season and picked up three saves and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.


Hamptons League

Nick O’Brien and Lucas Hall teamed up with the Shelter Island Bucks. O’Brien saw action in 10 games, including eight starts. He recorded a 4.65 ERA and fanned 16 batters in 38.2 innings. Hall appeared in five games and started his season with back-to-back shutout frames. Overall, the left-hander struck out seven in eight innings.



Randell Kanemaru helped the Ocean State Waves reach the championship series after posting a 31-13 record in the regular season. The two-time captain of the Lions batted .276 with eight dingers and 29 RBI in 40 regular season games. In the playoffs, he scored three runs and walked eight times in four games.


Ian Burns toed the rubber 14 times for the Sanford Mainers. He struck out 36 hitters in 32.2 frames and had an ERA of 4.68.


Liam McGill saw action in 28 games for the Newport Gulls in his home state of Rhode Island. He hit .160 with five RBI in 75 at bats.


Perfect Game League

Mark Patrick Flynn hit .346 and scored eight runs in his final eight games of the season with the Oneonta Outlaws. Flynn finished the year with a .271 average, .828 OPS with two homers and five RBI in 17 contests. He also appeared on the mound four times and struck out four batters in 3.2 innings and worked a perfect frame of relief against the Utica Blue Sox on July 27.


Ripken League

Junior outfielder Michael Kuzbel played in 36 contests with the Herndon Braves, picking up five extra base hits and scoring 14 runs.