Summer Buzz: Dawgs In The Heat Of Summer

July 30, 2008

As the season winds down for the amateur collegiate baseball leagues, there are still a good number of Huskies in the heat of the action with their various summer teams.

The 74th annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series gets underway Friday in Wichita, Kan., and four teams with Husky representation will be among the 42-team field vying for the unofficial summer ball championship.

NBC perennials the Seattle Studs, featuring current Husky catcher Brett Wilcox (plus former Dawgs Andre Marshall and Chad Dias) play their first game Mon., Aug. 4, vs. the winner of Amarillo (Texas) vs. Tradewater (Ky.).

The following day, the Southern California Fire, with Bradley Boyer, league all-star Aaron Russell and Jarett Jackson on its roster, faces the Oklahoma As.

Finally, next Tuesday, Jorden Merry (43 strikeouts in 27 innings this summer) and the Havasu (Ariz.) Heat take on the Liberal (Kan.) Beejays, with Julien Pollard and Jake Rife, in an opening-round game. The 15-day tournament in a double-elimination format, meaning a team is eliminated after a second loss.

Up in Alaska, the Mat-Su Miners have come on of late and are taking the Alaska League title race down the wire, with pitcher Jason Erickson (6-1), Troy Scott and Ty Rasmussen helping in the fight.

Closer to home, in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League, the Corvallis (Ore.) Knights, featuring UW infielder Doug Cherry batting leadoff most days, have a pretty firm grip on the Southern Division title. In other WCCBL news, two Huskies made the all-star game: David Bentrott (Bend) and Max Kwan (Kitsap).

Across the country in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, two Huskies are helping the Newport (R.I.) Gulls make a run for the Southern Division crown as the Gulls have won nine of their last 10. Geoff Brown recently allowed only one hit over six innings in a 5-0 win over Torrington, and Kyle Conley has caught five, moving into a share of the league lead with eight home runs. After not hitting a ball out of the park in the first 21 games of the season, Conley has hit eight in the last 20 games.

Finally, in the Northwoods League, two teams with UW players on their rosters are in contention for the second-half title in the South Division. Green Bay, with Tyler Cheney and Brian Pearl, is tied for first place with Waterloo and Cam Nobles only one game back.

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