Baseball Buzz: Summer Notes On The Diamond Dawgs

July 26, 2005

A number of members of the Husky baseball team are enjoying success with their summer-ball programs. Here's a look at some of highlights so far, with information culled from various team and league websites (stats are current as of July 26).

In the Cape Cod League, Husky pitchers Tim Lincecum and Kyle Parker are both regular contributors for the Harwich Mariners. Lincecum, who has been serving as the Mariners' closer recently, leads the league with a 0.79 earned run average, having allowed only 14 hits and 10 walks while striking out 58 in 34 innings. Parker is 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA.

Staying on the East Coast, outfielders Zach Clem and Nick Burnham helped their team, the Newport (R.I. ) Gulls to a two-game lead in the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Southern Division. The Gulls are 21-15 for the summer.

Closer to home, three Huskies are playing for the Aloha (Ore.) Knights, the defending National Baseball Congress World Series champions. Pitcher/outfielder Matt Hague, utility man Andy Lentz and pitcher Brandon McKerney are all regulars for the Knights.

In league play, Hague is batting .317 while going 4-0 with a 2.19 earned run average as a starting pitcher. Lentz is hitting .279 while McKerney is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA

Aloha currently leads the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League with a 25-6 overall record, in front of second-place Wenatchee, where catcher Joey Dunn plays.

Cory Rickard, playing for Spokane in the WCCBL, is batting a healthy .328 in league games.

First baseman Curt Rindal is playing for the Southern California Fire, a team that has already qualified for the NBC World Series next month in Wichita. At last report, Rindal was batting .324.

Another team that has already wrapped up a trip to Wichita is the Alaska Goldpanners (Fairbanks), where catcher Matt Lane and pitcher Matt Kasser are spending their summers. The Panners, who won the 2002 NBC World Series, are 31-10 overall and 24-6 in Alaska League play, good enough to clinch the championship.

Lane is batting .287, leads the team with nine doubles and is second with 21 RBI. Kasser is 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven starts.

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