GREENSBORO, N.C. – Several UNCG baseball players are honing their skills in summer leagues and in the minors across the country. Below is an update on each of those Spartans, highlighting the Blue and Gold's two recent draftees, and followed by the current pitchers and hitters.
Catcher Cambric Moye (Goldsboro, N.C./Eastern Wayne) is playing with the Orem Owlz, the Rookie League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as part of the Pioneer League. Moye was selected by the Angels in the 30th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He has played in two games for the Owlz and has tallied two hits and scored two runs. Moye hit his first home run June 21 in a contest against Idaho Falls – a two-run shot which helped Orem claim a 14-10 victory.
RHP Dominique Vattuone (Germantown, Md./Harford CC) was chosen by the Oakland Athletics in the 32nd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and is playing for the Athletics of the Arizona Rookie League (AZL). He made his debut June 23, throwing a perfect inning against the AZL Diamondbacks as the Athletics picked up an 8-3 win.
After earning selection to the 2013 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team, RHP Ryan Clark (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) has taken his talents to the New York Collegiate Baseball League and is dominating the circuit with the Syracuse Junior Chiefs. He currently owns a 2.73 earned run average over 23 innings pitched and has struck out 25 – the second-highest mark in the league. Clark has allowed just seven earned runs in four starts and has walked only three batters. He was named the NYCBL's first Pitcher of the Week for games spanning June 2-9 after earning a victory in the squad's opener - throwing six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts as the Chiefs downed the Sherril Silversmiths by a 7-0 count. He followed up that performance with another six shutout frames and fanned eight more batters against the Syracuse Salt Cats in a no decision.
UNCG's 2013 Friday starter, RHP Max Povse (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), has started four games for the Staunton Braves of the Valley League and was named the team's Pitcher of the Day June 9 after twirling eight scoreless innings and allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts in a 9-1 triumph over the Covington Lumberjacks. Povse has accumulated a league third-best 29 strikeouts against just two walks and has compiled a 2-1 record with a 3.86 ERA.
The Spartans' 2013 leader in saves, LHP Dylan Hathcock (Tampa, Fla./Gaither), is competing for the Leesburg Lightning of the Florida Collegiate Baseball League for the third consecutive season. He owns a 1-0 record and a miniscule 0.90 ERA over 10 innings pitched and has posted seven strikeouts. Hathcock tossed five scoreless innings in Leesburg's 2-1 victory over Winter Park June 7, allowing just three hits and striking out four batters. He picked up the win six days later as the Lightning downed CP Freedom 4-2. In that contest, the rising senior hurled five frames and gave up just one earned run while recording three strikeouts.
RHP Adam Boghosian (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) is also pitching in the Valley League for the South Division first-place Harrisonburg Turks. The rising junior has not allowed an earned run in 9.2 innings pitched and has racked up 13 strikeouts in four appearances while giving up just two hits. Boghosian does not have a decision this summer season but did earn a save June 5 against Staunton – tossing three scoreless and hitless innings and striking out five in Harrisonburg's 11-6 win.
Closer to home, RHP Brennen James (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) is one of three Spartans playing in the Coastal Plain League (CPL). He is enjoying a successful summer with the Wilmington Sharks, having compiled a 3-1 record, 0.66 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. James has appeared a team-best nine times and has had a hand in two shutouts while giving up just one earned run. Opponents are batting just .255 off of the rising junior. James' first victory occurred May 29 as Wilmington downed Fayetteville 3-2 to improve to 2-0. He threw two scoreless innings and struck out four to close out the contest. Just yesterday, James picked up another win after tossing the 10th inning of the Sharks' 3-2 triumph over Morehead City. He struck out the side to cement the come-from-behind victory.
LHP Blair Betts (Cary, N.C./Indiana) is in uniform this summer for the CPL's Peninsula Pilots. He has appeared a team-high 12 times and has tossed 10.1 innings. Betts owns a 1-0 record and has compiled a 2.61 ERA while combining on one of the Pilots' two shutouts. He has allowed just three earned runs and has struck out seven batters. Betts recorded his win June 3 as Peninsula defeated the Asheboro Copperheads in a tight 2-1 affair – throwing the final inning and a third allowing just one hit and striking out one.
UNCG reliever RHP Tyler Frazier (Fairfax Station, Va./South County) has tossed seven innings for the Vienna Riverdogs of the Cal Ripken League and has four strikeouts to his credit. In his most recent appearances, he did not factor into Vienna's 4-3 loss to Alexandria. Frazier went 4.1 innings, allowed two earned runs and tallied a strikeout.
RHP Nick Jones (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) is a member of the Sunbelt League's Douglasville Bulls and has appeared in four games (two starts) with the squad. He has accumulated eight strikeouts in 11.1 innings. Jones is 0-2 for Douglasville, but has received a grand total of one run in support in those losses.
Outfielder Eric Kalbfleisch (Pilot Mountain, N.C./North Stokes) is excelling in a big way as he is playing with Boghosian for the Harrisonburg Turks. He is currently seventh on the circuit with a .357 batting average (20-for-56) and has scored 10 runs while also producing 10 RBI. In his most recent outing, Kalbfleisch was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk – helping lead the Turks to a 6-3 win over the Woodstock River Bandits. Earning honorable mention Player of the Week honors June 10, the rising junior collected 12 hits in his first six games of the season, including three-straight contests with at least three base knocks. Kalbfleisch turned in a solid outing in the Turks' 4-1 triumph over Waynesboro June 4, going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI.
Playing north of the border is infielder Sean Guite (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley CC) as he has joined the Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League (tabbed Canada's premiere collegiate summer league). Guite is on fire in the early part of the season as he has recorded a hit in all 15 of the Prospects' contests thus far. He is second in the league in batting average at .433 and has racked up 29 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, 17 RBI and scored 12 runs. In a contest against the Okotoks Dawgs June 16, Guite went 4-for-5 with four doubles and drove in two runs. He has also been pressed into pitching duties for Edmonton after five starting pitchers left the club just days before the campaign began. Guite has done very well in that role, throwing 7.1 innings and compiling a 1.17 earned run average and seven strikeouts. He also owns a save after tossing a perfect frame and fanning two batters in the Prospects' 10-7 win over Lethbridge June 7.
Outfielder Zac MacAneney (Gibsonville, N.C./Western Alamance) is the third Spartan to play in the CPL this summer and is a teammate of Brennen James with the Wilmington Sharks. He has appeared in 17 games, all of them starts, and is batting .227 with 15 hits, a double, four RBI and 10 runs scored. MacAneney has also swiped two bases and has committed just one error in 34 defensive chances for a .971 fielding mark. In a 9-0 whitewashing of Morehead City June 1, he was 4-for-5 at the dish with three runs scored and two RBI. MacAneney also put forth a strong effort in the Sharks' 5-4 triumph over the Columbia Blowfish June 20, tallying three hits, two runs scored and a walk.
Keep up to date with the UNCG baseball team all year long by logging on to www.uncgspartans.com and following the Spartans' official twitter feed @uncgsports/@uncgbaseball.
Current UNCG Players In Summer Baseball Leagues
Blair Betts – Coastal Plain League – Peninsula Pilots
Adam Boghosian – Valley League – Harrisonburg Turks
Ryan Clark – New York Collegiate Baseball League – Syracuse Junior Chiefs
Tyler Frazier – Cal Ripken League – Vienna Riverdogs
Sean Guite – Western Major Baseball League – Edmonton Prospects
Dylan Hathcock – Florida Collegiate Baseball League – Leesburg Lightning
Brennen James – Coastal Plain League – Wilmington Sharks
Nick Jones – Sunbelt Baseball League – Douglasville Bulls
Eric Kalbfleisch – Valley League – Harrisonburg Turks
Zac MacAneney – Coastal Plain League – Wilmington Sharks
Max Povse – Valley League – Staunton Braves
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