July 19, 2012

Islanders Earn Several All-Star Honors in Summer League Baseball

The summer of 2012 has been a productive one for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball players taking part in summer leagues. The program produced five all-stars among current players, and one all-star honor for an incoming player.

Trevor Belicek and Jacob Dorris were named to the Northwoods League (NWL) All-Star team, while Eric Weiss, Franco Pace and Stafford Brantley were also honored for their performances. Weiss and Pace made the Texas Collegiate League (TCL) showcase, with Brantley earning honors in the Pacific West Baseball League (PWBL). In addition to current Islanders, former Moody star A.J. Longoria, who will be joining the team in the fall, was named an all-star pitcher in the PWBL.

In the NWL, Dorris is dominating hitters with what has been describe as having the best breaking ball in the league for the La Crosse Loggers. With his repertoire, Dorris leads the NWL with 66 strikeouts, 12 more than the next closest pitcher. He is also third in wins with a 5-1 record to go along with a 2.52 ERA.

Also in the NWL, Belicek has come on strong as a relief pitcher, striking out 26 while walking just five with a 1.86 ERA in 14 games. The 1.86 mark is lower than the league leader, but Belicek has pitched only 0.6 innings per contest, just under the required 0.8 per team game.

In the PWBL, Brantley started slow, but has come on late to make the all-star roster. Playing for the California Glory, he is currently hitting .329, with four doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. The Islanders centerfielder is also a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts this summer.

A.J. Longoria, who will be joining the Islanders in the fall, is doing damage from the mound for the Atwater Aviators. In 13 appearances, he has pitched 16.1 innings and given up just three walks while striking out 14 hitters. He is 1-1 with five saves and a 2.20 ERA.

Closer to home, Weiss and Pace have starred in the TCL, earning spots in the all-star game from the Victoria Generals and Brazos Valley Bombers.

Pace has been dominant on the mound for the Bombers, earning just a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings. He has given up just nine hits and two earned runs while striking out 21 batters for a 1-0 record with one save.

Weiss is hitting .259 with one double, two homers and 12 RBI for Victoria. He has also drawn 12 walks and is 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

In addition to the all-stars, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team has several players performing well in summer leagues throughout the nation.

In the Valley Baseball League, Jordan Lee is currently hitting .271 with six doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI. After a slow start, Lee has come on strong, including going 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts for the Front Royal Cardinals.

Trevor Foss is currently fifth in the NWL with 50 strikeouts for the Madison Mallards, walking just 13 in 45.2 innings with a 4.93 ERA. In the Coastal Plains League, Tim Keller is 3-1 with a 5.60 ERA for the Wilmington Sharks.

Kyle Danford and Matt Danton are part of the Hornell Dodgers team in the New York Collegiate League. Danford holds a .281 batting average with three doubles, two triples, two homers and 19 RBI, while Danton has given up just one walk against 13 strikeouts in 22.0 innings on the mound.

The final trio of players is from the TCL, where Tanner Green and Tyler Schnuriger play for the Victoria Generals, and Brad Porras is on the Brazos Valley Bombers squad.

Green has thrown 20.1 innings for Victoria, allowing just two walks against 13 strikeouts for a 1-1 record with five saves and a 2.21 ERA. Schnuriger is just behind his teammate with a 3.34 ERA over 29.2 innings. He has struck out 17 batters in six appearances on the mound.

Porras rounds out the Islanders contingent this summer, where he currently has four doubles, one home run and eight RBI while drawing four walks for Brazos Valley.

Play continues throughout the summer, with players reporting back to school this upcoming semester to join current teammates and the class of newcomers for fall practice.

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