Midnight baseball??

I bet a lot of our readers already know about the Alaska Goldpanners tradition of playing a game at midnight on the summer solstice. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has written a very good article on the game which can be read here. Jim Caple of ESPN.com also visited the game in 2005. The full article is available for ESPN Insiders here.

Our buddy at Summer Ball is an excellent reference on all Summer Leagues including the Alaskan League.

Odd Story from St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure head coach Larry Sudbrook received a plea bargain after carrying a .357 Magnum revolver onto a commercial airplane at the Buffalo Airport on May 10th. The Bonnies were traveling down to Charlotte for a key Atlantic 10 showdown when Sudbrook was arrested for having the weapon in his carryon bag. He ended up getting a thousand dollar fine and will give up possession of the gun. He could face disciplinary action from the university after a panel reviews the case.

Sudbrook led the Bonnies to a 25-27 record in 2007 as the team finished in sixth place in the Atlantic 10 conference.

AP Article

Team USA beats Keene

The USA National Team picked up a 5-0 rain-shortened victory in seven innings over the Keene Swamp Bats. The USA team was led by Pedro Alvarez who went 3-4 with a homer. Ryan Flaherty also picked up a homer as the Vanderbilt teammates provided the offense. Jacob Thompson started for Team USA and gave them two perfect innings before leaving due to a rain delay. (The CBB saw Thompson pitch this past season and can be read about here.) Thompson faced college teammate Tyler Cannon who led off for the Swamp Bats but did not pick up a hit. Team USA will be back in action on Friday when they play against the Vermont Mountaineers.

Team USA Recap
Keene Recap

UNC advances to CWS Championship Series

North Carolina hit four homers in a 7-4 victory over Rice to advance to the CWS Championship Series where they will take on Oregon State. The Tar Heels got a solid start from Adam Warren who gave up three runs in six innings as his record goes to a perfect 12-0 on the year. Rob Wotten came in to the game to relieve Warren but gave up a run on three hits in 0.2 innings. Andrew Carignan pitched a perfect 2.1 innings to get his 18th save of the year. The Tar Heels were led on offense by Dustin Ackley who went 2-3 with a homer and two runs scored. Tim Fedroff, Josh Horton, and Seth Williams also hit homers in the victory. The Owls were led by Diego Seastrunk who had two RBI in the loss.

This is the second straight year that the Rice Owls were denied a spot in the CWS Championship series with two consecutive losses. The Owls end the season with a 56-14 record while UNC will play Oregon State for the national championship.

UNC Recap
Rice Recap

Commodores Summer Plans

Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod League)

-Andrew Giobbi 1b/c

Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod League)

-Brett Jacobson p

Hyannis Mets(Cape Cod League)

-David Macias OF
-Shea Robin c

Orleans Cardinals (Cape Cod League)

-Nick Christiani p

Wareham Gatemen (Cape Cod League)

-Mike Minor p (Alternate with USA)
-Dominic de la Osa RF

Fauquier Gators (Valley League)

-Kurt Lipton OF

Waynesboro Generals (Valley League)

– Russell Brewer IF

Fayetteville SwampDogs(Coastal Plain League)

– Steve Liddle OF

Saratoga Phillies (New York Collegiate Baseball League)

– Mark Lamm p

– Brian Harris ss

Wenatchee Applesox (West Coast Collegiate Baseball League)

– Ryan Davis OF

Newport Gulls(New England Collegiate Baseball League)

– Brad French OF/INF
– Jonathan White OF

Keene SwampBats(New England Collegiate Baseball League)

– Caleb Cotham p
– Richie Goodenow p

Team USA

– Pedro Alvarez 3b
– Ryan Flaherty SS
– Mike Minor p (Alternate)

Thanks to NY Dore for this post.

Vols name Todd Raleigh new coach

According to multiple reports around the Internet including the Knoxville News, the University of Tennessee will name Todd Raleigh their next head coach. Raleigh is the current head coach of Western Carolina where he took the team to the NCAA Tournament on two separate occasions including the 2007 season. He compiled a record of 257-209 in eight seasons with the Catamounts.

Also, Tony Delmonico has decided to transfer to Florida State next season. This was expected as Delmonico’s father Rod was an assistant under Mark Martin Sr. before heading to Tennessee.

Knoxville News
Western Carolina Release
Tennessee Release

Team USA knocks off North Adams

Team USA continued their tour of New England with a 9-1 victory over the North Adams Steeplecats who play in the NECBL. Justin Smoak from South Carolina and Roger Kieschnick of Texas Tech hit back to back homers while Ryan Flaherty went 2-4 with two RBI in the win. Mike Minor started the game and gave up only one hit and one run in three innings of work. Team USA is back in action on Thursday when they head to play against the Keene Swampbats who is also a member of the NECBL.

Team USA Recap
North Adams Recap

Oregon State knocks off UC-Irvine 7-1

The Oregon State Beavers ended the UC-Irvine Anteaters magical run in the College World Series as the Beavers won 7-1 to advance to the CWS Championship series which starts on Saturday. The Beavers starting pitcher Daniel Turpen went eight innings while only giving up five hits and one run to lead the Beavers. The offensive star for Oregon State was Mitch Canham as he went 3-5 with three RBI in the game. Darwin Barney also went 3-5 but only picked up two RBI. The UC-Irvine pitching finally caught up to them as Christian Bergman gave up four runs in four innings. The Irvine offense was dormant throughout the game as Cody Cipraino went 2-3 with a run scored.

UC-Irvine ends the season with a 47-17-1 record while Oregon State heads to the Championship series which starts on Saturday against either North Carolina or Rice. OSU is looking to repeat as National Champions.

UC-Irvine Recap

OSU Recap

Longhorn Baseball Players in the Summer Leagues!

We have compiled a list of the Texas Longhorns and where they are playing this summer.

Cape Cod Baseball League

Wareham Gatemen

Russell Moldenhauer
Bradley Suttle

Hyannis Mets

Hunter Harris
Austin Wood

Brewster Whitecaps

Keith Shinaberry

MINK League Baseball

Beatrice Bruins

Clint Stubbs
Kyle Lusson

California Collegiate League

Santa Barbara Foresters

Drew Bishop

Texas Collegiate League

Coppell Copperheads

Todd Gilfillan
Pat McCrory
Travis Tucker
Kyle Walker

Colleyville Lone Stars

Andy Reese
Blake Williams

Denton Outlaws

Alex Posey
Juston Street