CORPUS CHRISTI - With their college baseball season finished, several Islanders players have gotten out to strong starts in their respective summer leagues already. Like all colleges, the Islanders take to the field across the nation to play in NCAA-sanctioned collegiate leagues.
Catcher Jumpy Garcia got out to a roaring start in the Northwoods League for the Madison Mallards. Through seven games, the Brooklyn native is hitting .458 with three home runs and 10 RBI. He is tied for the league lead in longballs and is just outside the top five in RBI.
In the New York Collegiate League, second baseman Jeramie Marek has been the hottest hand. Marek is hitting .435 through seven games with six steals, six RBI and six runs scored. On the mound, fellow Islander Bryce Zak has started out strong with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings over two starts.
Phillip Garcia has continued his strong play in the Texas Collegiate League for the Victoria Generals. In 8 1/3 innings of work, Garcia has punched out nine and allowed just seven hits. He has picked up two wins already and has a 1.08 ERA out of the pen in his seven appearances.
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