FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Hard-fought, close games can be the most gratifying to win.
They can also be among the toughest to lose.
The East Texas Pump Jacks can attest to the latter following Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the defending champion Coppell Copperheads at Driller Park. The Copperheads built a 4-0 lead before Josh Riley’s three-run double in the eighth inning closed the gap. But ultimately the Jacks ran out of time before they were able to get the tying run across.
Coppell built an early 2-0 lead with runs in each of the second and third innings off of East Texas starting pitcher Clint Helms. Helms (1-2) gave up an RBI single in the second and allowed a run on a wild pitch in the third, but otherwise pitched six innings unscathed. He allowed the two earned runs on four hits and four walks, striking out four.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
For college students, summer is usually reserved for going home and relaxing before retuning to the grind in the fall. For some member of the University of Texas at Tyler baseball team and coaching staff, the summer is a time to hone their baseball skills in preparation for the upcoming season.
This summer, seven members of the Patriots’ baseball team and three coaches are using their break to get better and improve on this past season’s 36-9 record and get ready for the 2009 season. In the summer of 2008, UT Tyler will have players and coaches on ten different teams in eight different leagues playing in locations such as Alaska, Kansas, New York, Texas, New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and even Canada.
The guys over at PG Crosschecker debut their weekly feature called the Summer 16:
PG Crosschecker begins its weekly Summer 16 ranking of summer college teams, with 12 different leagues represented in the initial ranking. Team USA, which will play primarily an international schedule, is not eligible. Typically, the Cape Cod League, which produced 217 players who were selected in this year’s baseball draft, dominate the rankings, but only two Cape teams—unbeaten Cotuit and Harwich, both 3-0—are represented this time. Cotuit begins the season at No. 1.
View the Week One’s Summer 16 Rankings
Other than College Baseball’s top eight teams in Omaha, most of America has turned their full attention to the ever turbulent summer. This means summer leagues, coaching movement and draft watching. Things are no different at Vanderbilt, which for the third straight year failed to escape the Regionals. But that doesn’t mean the summer has not been active already.
On the Cape
Vanderbilt features six roster members on teams in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Friend of the College Baseball Blog Jarred Amato (publisher of SportsVU, a Vanderbilt Sports Blog) traveled to Wareham to spend some time with Vanderbilt sophomore leftfielder Steven Liddle as he started his season with the Gatemen. The article, found here, is a great glimpse into the magic of the league and what it means to the players and the community proper. I have a feeling our publisher, Brian Foley, will enjoy it as a top-notch fan of the league. Continue reading
The Hyannis Mets will be running a fundraiser on March 9th where the proceeds will go to the renovations at McKeon Park. The event will take place at The Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis from 4pm-6pm. They will have hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar while presenting the 2008 roster and other news around the Mets program. The flyer for the event is available in PDF format and for more information contact Kim Wolfe by email.
FROM SPRINGFIELD JOURNAL-REGISTER
Springfield Sliders co-owner Jesse Bolder confirmed it by telephone Friday afternoon while attending the American Baseball Coaches Association convention with other CICL owners in Philadelphia.
“It is definite, and we are tickled pink,” Bolder said. “Everything has gone through. I’m meeting with fellow owners and commissioner (Frank Pergolizzi) here in Philadelphia, and everything is great.” Continue reading
The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier collegiate summer baseball league in the country. John Garner of CCBL forwarded us a press release on some of the accomplishments during the 2007 season. Continue reading