Summer Buzz Update: Postseason News
Aug. 12, 2008
While a fair number of Husky baseball players have seen their summer seasons come to end and have begun to make their way back to campus, numerous current UW players are still toiling in the postseason. Here's an update of what the Diamond Dawgs are up to.
The 42-team National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., is headed into its final days. Teams feature Husky players have had relatively good showings with a few of them still in the hunt for the championship.
The Anchorage (Alaska) Glacier Pilots, who picked up Husky starting pitcher Jason Erickson (who played for Mat-Su during the summer), fell to Liberal (Kan.) on Tuesday. Husky sophomore Julien Pollard went 2-for-5 for Liberal, which improved to 4-1 and remained alive as one of eight teams left. Liberal (now 4-1 in the double-elimination tournament) plays again late Tuesday night while Anchorage (2-2) was eliminated.
Also still alive are the Havasu (Ariz.) Heat, featuring UW pitcher Jorden Merry. The Heat lost to Liberal in their opening game, but eliminated another team with Husky ties (the Southern California Fire) Tuesday to remain in contention. UW junior Aaron Russell drove in a run in the 7-6 Fire loss. Havasu (4-1) plays again Tuesday evening while the Fire finish tied for ninth.
The Seattle Studs, with Husky catcher Brett Wilcox, are one of only two unbeaten teams remaining in the tournament, having beaten previously unbeaten Beatrice (Neb.) Monday night. The Studs play Santa Barbara Tuesday evening in a matchup of the only two remaining unbeatens.
The NBC World Series is scheduled to conclude Friday.
In the New England Collegiate Baseball league, pitcher Geoff Brown and slugger Kyle Conley led the Newport (R.I.) Gulls to the league championship series, where they fell to Sanford (Maine) in two games in a best-of-three set. Brown picked up a win in his lone playoff start (allowing only one earned run in six innings) while Conley remained hot in the postseason. In six playoff games, Conley went 10-for-24 with four doubles, five home runs and 13 runs batted in. In one game, he went 5-for-5 with a double, three homers and six RBI.
In the Northwoods League, both teams with UW players on the roster failed to make the four-team playoffs in the 14-team league. Both Green Bay (with Brian Pearl and Tyler Cheney) and Waterloo (with Cam Nobles) made a late run for the South Division title, but fell short. Pearl, who also played infield, recorded nine saves and had a 0.84 ERA over 16 outings. He struck out 32 and walked only six in 21.1 innings. Nobles was 4-3 with a 2.39 ERA for Waterloo. He gave up only 38 hits in 60.1 innings.
Finally, closer to home, the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League playoffs get underway tonight when Wenatchee faces Kelowna in the eastern division playoffs and Corvallis and Bend square off in the west. Doug Cherry is the regular leadoff hitter for Corvallis while David Bentrott, Brendan Gardner-Young and Forrest Snow play for Bend. Bentrott finished the regular season batting .301 over 163 league at bats.