Summer Baseball Update: Final Report
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The summer baseball season has come to an end for our Spartans. 12 UNCG players competed in leagues across the country. Below is a quick recap of how each player performed this summer.
Andrew Moritz – Harwich Mariners – Cape Cod Baseball League
Andrew Moritz (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) competed in 30 games for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League this summer. Moritz played all three outfield positions during the summer, hitting at a .243 average. He went connected for four doubles on the season, drove in 11 runs and scored 15 times. He was second on the team with five stolen bases during the summer and drew 13 walks.
Matt Frisbee – Harwich Mariners – Cape Cod Baseball League
Matt Frisbee (Candler, N.C./Enka) started six games for the Mariners this summer, logging 24.0 innings. The Spartan went 0-2, earning a 4.50 ERA. He struck out 21 hitters while issuing 12 walks. His best start of the summer came on July 1st, as he logged a quality start against the Chatham Anglers. Frisbee worked 6.0 innings, struck out five batters without allowing an earned run in the contest. He closed the summer against the Orleans Firebirds, throwing 2.1 innings, striking out three hitters.
Cesar Trejo – Brewster Whitecaps / Hyannis Harbor Hawks – Cape Cod Baseball League
Cesar Trejo (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) bounced around the CCBL, having played 11 games with the Brewster Whitecaps before moving on to play 15 games with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Starting the season with the Whitecaps, Trejo hit at a .303 average, with two doubles and a home run as he drove in five runs. Trejo played the majority of his games for the Harbor Hawks, making 15 appearances. He his average dipped with Hyannis, but he drove in two runs and scored three times. In total, Trejo drove in seven runs, scored seven times and went for extra bases four times during his summer in the Cape.
Austin Embler – Harrisonburg Turks – Valley Baseball League
The Spartan second baseman played in 34 games for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley Baseball League this summer, hitting at a .238 average. Austin Embler (Southern Pines, N.C./Pinecrest) went for extra bases four times, scored 15 runs and drove in 15 runs, helping the Turks to a 21-21 record. Embler swiped four bases during the summer as well as making an appearance on the mound. The infielder threw 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit and struck out three hitters in a 4-2 loss to the eventual league champion Charlottesville Tom Sox. In the playoffs, Embler raised his game, hitting at a .375 average in two post season games, scoring a run and hitting a double.
Zach Kuchmaner – Harrisonburg Turks – Valley Baseball League
Zach Kuchmaner (Charlotte, N.C./Marvin Ridge) began his first full summer as a position player after making the transition halfway through the spring season. Kuchmaner hit at a .231 average in 32 games for the Turks. The outfielder drove in four runs and scored 14 times, while leading the Turks with three triples. Kuchmaner also stole four bases and laid down three sacrifice hits for the Turks.
Caleb Webster – Asheboro Copperheads – Coastal Plain League
The Southern Conference’s Freshman of the Year played 47 games for the Asheboro Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League this summer. Caleb Webster (Randleman, N.C./Randleman) hit for a .244 average with nine extra base hits, including seven doubles a triple and a home run. The Spartan drove in 19 runs and scored 15 times while stealing four bases. The Copperheads went 20-35 on the season, with Webster earning a .949 fielding percentage.
Tripp Shelton – Holly Springs Salamanders – Coastal Plain League
Tripp Shelton (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) made 42 starts for the Salamanders this summer. The SoCon Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player hit for a .284 average and went for extra bases 15 times. Leading the Salamanders to 26 victories, Shelton drove in 29 runs, scored 25 times and stole five bases during the summer. The Spartan shortstop was second on the team with 11 doubles, and earned a .952 fielding percentage.
Jake Lewis – Holly Springs Salamanders – Coastal Plain League
The left-handed pitcher made nine appearances for the Salamanders, with four starts. Jake Lewis (Wendell, N.C./Corinth Holders) tossed 27.1 innings, striking out 25 hitters. Lewis earned a 1-3 record and a 4.94 ERA. He walked just 10 hitters and held opponents to a .232 average while helping Holly Springs earn a 26-30 record.
Brandon Stephens – Gastonia Grizzlies – Coastal Plain League
Brandon Stephens (Willow Spring, N.C./Wake Christian Academy) has helped the Gastonia Grizzlies to a spot in the Petit Cup Playoff Championship series this upcoming week. The Grizzlies earned the No. 4 seed in the Petit Cup Playoffs, earning upset wins over the Forest City Owls in a single elimination game, and a two-game series sweep over the Savannah Bananas to earn their spot in the Championship series. Stephens made seven appearances for the Grizzlies, earning a 1-3 record. He started three games and worked in 19.1 innings. Stephens struck out 15 hitters while allowing 12 earned runs.
Devin Ruiz – South Jersey Giants – Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL)
The senior outfielder played in 26 games for the South Jersey Giants, earning All Star honors and helping the Giants earn a 25-10 record and berth in the ACBL postseason. Devin Ruiz (Pennsauken, N.J./Paul VI) hit for a .375 average during the regular season, with 11 extra base hits. His eight home runs were second on the team and he drove in 29 runs. In the ACBL All Star game, Ruiz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and drove in a run as his Wolff All Stars fell 5-4 to the Kaiser All Stars. In two postseason games, Ruiz went 2-for-8, scoring two runs and hitting a home run. Ultimately, the Giants fell to the Quakertown Blazers in the ACBL playoffs.
Jake Mayhew – Kernersville Bulldogs – Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League (CVCL)
Jake Mayhew (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) played a key role in helping the Kernersville Bulldogs earn the CVCL title. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as 15 according to Summer Collegiate Baseball at the end of the season. Mayhew made a team-high 16 appearances, including one start. He logged 30.1 innings, allowing just six earned runs and striking out 36 hitters. He earned a team-high three saves while holding opponents to a .154 average against. His 1.78 ERA was fourth best on the team as he earned a 1-0 record.
Jeremiah Triplett – Kernersville Bulldogs – Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League
Jeremiah Triplett (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) teamed with Mayhew to help Kernersville earn a 47-7 overall record, winning 14-straight to close out the season and earn the CVCL Championship. Triplett made 14 appearances with a pair of starts during the summer, earning a 2-0 record with a save. The redshirt sophomore tossed 26.0 innings, striking out 29 hitters. He earned a 3.81 ERA and held opponents to a .196 average against him.
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