Sun Devil Baseball Summer Ball Recap
By Maddyn Johnstone-Thomas, Sun Devil Media Relations
From the Cape Cod League to the California Collegiate League and even Team USA, it was another successful summer for the members of the Arizona State Baseball team. Several players competed in various collegiate summer baseball leagues across the country.
Continue reading to learn more about each player's accomplishments:
Cape Cod League
Nate Baez spent the summer playing for the YD Red Sox in the Cape Cod League. In 18 games, he had 54 at bat appearances where he racked in four doubles. The redshirt sophomore had a .241 batting average, in addition to a .359 on-base percentage.
Suiting up for the Bourne Braves, Joe Lampe recorded a .269 batting average with 11 RBIs in 32 games this summer.
"Joe Lampe is an exciting baseball player who can make things happen both offensively and defensively," head coach Harvey Sharpiro said.
He drew a team-best 21 walks and led the team with six stolen bases. The outfielder added 18 runs and had a perfect fielding percentage with an outfield assist.
Before arriving in Tempe, left handed pitcher Adam Tulloch spent the summer playing for the Chatham Anglers. The transfer from West Virginia led the Anglers with 43 strikeouts and eight walks and started a team-best five games with no decisions. Tulloch also led the team with 29.0 innings pitched and was fifth on the team with a 4.03 ERA amongst players with at least 10 innings pitched.
Right handed pitcher Nick Wallerstedt also spent the summer playing for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape. The redshirt sophomore was named a Cape Cod League All-Star, giving up only three runs all summer. He posted a 1.62 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched in a team-best 14 appearances. Wallerstedt recorded 22 strikeouts.
California Collegiate League
During his time with the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League, sophomore Kade Higgins played all three spots in the outfield. In twelve games and 37 plate appearances, he hit .333. Higgins recorded a .866 OPS and .459 OBP. Defensively, he had four outfield assists.
"Kade provided a strong left handed bat in order in our lineup," head coach Bill Pintard said. "He provided great defense and is one of our best defensive outfielders...he provided us with a strong, accurate arm."
While playing for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in the California Collegiate League, sophomore Blake Pivaroff had one home run and four extra-base hits.
Chase Webster, a transfer from Texas Tech, played for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League. In over six appearances, the right-handed pitcher didn't allow a run in 7.2 innings and had 11 strikeouts.
Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League
Michael Brueser, the outfielder from Chandler, Arizona, played for Legends which was part of the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League.
Freshman Ivan Brethowr also played in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League, specifically for Sandlot.
Sophomore Ethan Long kept things rolling this summer with Team USA. The Gilbert, Arizona native had the sixth-highest average on Team USA at .333 over eight games. He racked up three doubles and recorded a .407 on-base percentage. Long started eight games and tied for fifth on the team with four RBIs.
During his time with Team USA this summer, redshirt sophomore Sean McLain was one of the few players to start all 11 games. He led the team with four stolen bases and was third on the team with 11 defensive assists.
Gearing up for his second season as a Sun Devil, Kai Murphy played for the Lakeshore Chinooks in Mequon, Wisconsin this summer. He totaled 13 RBIs, six stolen bases and four extra-base hits.
"Kai was a pleasure to be around daily this summer," head coach Travis Arce said. "He came to the ballpark everyday ready to compete. The guys around him noticed how hard he played! We look forward to seeing him make an impact on this year's Sun Devil team."
Freshman catcher Will Rogers was a part of the Midland Redskins this summer. The Redskins were the Connie Mack World Series Champions.