Summer Buzz: Diamond Dawgs In Search Of Titles

Aug. 11, 2005

SEATTLE - The summer baseball season is coming to an end for most of the various collegiate summer leagues, and that gives us at a good chance to run down how some of the returning Huskies and their teams have performed over the summer.

Four different teams that featured Husky players competed at the annual National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, that is beginning to narrow down to the championship.

Three of those four teams are still alive among the eight remaining clubs in the double-elimination tournament that got underway with a total of 42 teams.

The Seattle Studs, featuring current UW catcher D.J. Neyens and former Huskies Brian Bauer, Andre Marshall, Chad Dias and Clay Johnson, are one of only two unbeaten teams remaining at 4-0 in the tournament. They take on the other unbeaten team from Santa Barbara today.

The defending NBC champion Aloha (Ore.) Knights, with Huskies Matt Hague, Andy Lentz and Brandon McKerney, are alive at 3-1 in the tournament, their only loss coming to Seattle. The Knights play again Friday. The other remaining team with a UW player is the Southern California Fire (4-1), with Husky first baseman/DH Curt Rindal. The Fire also next play tomorrow.

The Fairbanks Goldpanners (4-2 in the tournament) were eliminated, ending a solid summer for UW pitcher Matt Kasser and catcher Matt Lane. Kasser picked up a win over Las Vegas in his lone start of the tournament, allowing three hits and one run over six innings.

In other news, Zach Clem and Nick Burnham helped the Newport (R.I.) Gulls to a clean sweep of the New England Collegiate Baseball League title. The Gulls, who won their final 10 games of the season overall, won all six playoff games over three rounds to take the title. Clem hit two homers during the playoff run.

In the Cape Cod League, the Harwich (Mass.) Mariners, featuring Husky pitchers Kyle Parker and Tim Lincecum, didn't earn a playoff berth. However, Lincecum finished the year as the league leader with his miniscule 0.69 earned run average. Lincecum went 2-2 with six saves, striking out 68 while allowing only 17 hits and 11 walks in 39.1 innings. Parker was 3-3 with a 2.30 ERA.

Closer to home, the fight for the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League title continues. With second-place Aloha off in Wichita, third-place Bellingham will take on first-place Wenatchee in the three-game WCCBL championship series this Friday through Sunday. Wenatchee features Husky sophomore-to-be catcher Joey Dunn.

The information above was collected from various league, team and tournament web sites. Our apologies for anyone that was left out or any information that is incorrect.

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