Cullowhee, N.C. - With students returning to Western Carolina's campus in a matter of days, the various summer baseball leagues have reached their close. A combined 14 Catamount baseball players saw action from Cape Cod to California, and across the Southeast.
Here is a brief recap of Catamount baseball from the various summer leagues:
Sammons Guides Y-D Red Sox to Third-Straight Cape Cod Title
Western Carolina's Bryan Sammons was instrumental in helping the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox claim its third-straight Cape Cod League championship. Sammons tossed six shutout innings, limiting Falmouth to two hits while striking out six to score the victory.
Sammons finished the summer with a 1.53 ERA in the prestigious Cape Cod League, tossing 29.1 total innings in 10 appearances with four starts. The Wilmington, N.C., southpaw struck out 23 batters against eight walks. Sammons only allowed one earned run among the four allowed during Y-D's post-season run, surrendering five hits in 10.0 innings of work.
Update on Returning Catamounts in Summer Leagues:
#1 -- Chad Mabini -- Green Bay (Wisc.) Bullfrogs, Northwoods League:
Each of his six appearances came in a starting role, tossing 33.1 innings with a 1-3 record and a 5.13 ERA ... Posted 23 strikeouts against nine walks on the summer ... Three of his six starts went six-or-more innings ... Batted 17 times posting a .294 average with five hits including three home runs with one stolen base.
#5 Brett Pope -- St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox, Northwoods League:
Finished the summer with a .331 batting average, collecting 49 hits in 148 at bats ... Played in 43 games ... Among his 49 hits, nine went for extra bases with eight doubles and a triple ... Drew 22 walks and finished with 23 RBI.
#8 Spencer Holcomb -- Martinsville (Va.) Mustangs:
Played in 22 games with 16 starts, ranking fourth on the team with a .298 batting average (17 hits in 57 at bats) ... Collected two doubles and a pair of home runs, driving in seven runs ... Threw out four would-be base stealers behind the plate.
#11 Pierce Suttles -- Lake Norman Copperheads, Southern Collegiate Baseball League:
Ranked among the team leaders with a .346 batting average, primarily playing as the designated hitter ... Through 81 at bats, recorded 28 hits including seven doubles and three home runs, driving in a team-best 20 RBI ... Had eight, two-hit games during the summer ... In two games in the Southeast Prospect Showcase, went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
#12 Bryson Bowman -- Wilson Tobs, Coastal Plain League:
Was selected in the 33rd round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the New York Yankees ... Announced via his personal Twitter account on July 12 that he would return to WCU for his senior season to finish his degree and look to defend WCU's SoCon Tournament Championship title ... Played in five games in Wilson, going 3-for-18 (.167) with two RBI and three outfield putouts.
#15 Caleb Robinson -- Piedmont (S.C.) Pride, Southern Collegiate Baseball League:
Ranked second on the team with a .333 batting average over 26 games played ... Recorded 27 hits including seven doubles and two home runs ... Recorded eight, two-hit games ... Had 18 runs scored while driving in 17 ... Drew nine walks and stole three bases, mostly playing at third base.
#19 Justin Sparks -- Piedmont (S.C.) Pride, Southern Collegiate Baseball League:
Played in 24 games on the summer, posting a .316 batting average ... Turned in five multi-hit games including a three-hit showing on July 8 ... Finished with 18 hits including a double and a home run, recording eight RBI ... Drew seven walks.
#22 Korey Anderson -- San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Blues, California Collegiate League:
Six of his 10 summer appearances were starts, posting a 5-2 record and a 3.95 ERA through 38.2 innings pitched ... Struck out 48 batters against just 12 walks ... Pitched five-or-more innings in five of his summer appearances including pitching six-or-more innings three times ... Recorded a summer-high nine strikeouts and twice posted eight Ks ... Was named to the All-California Collegiate League (CCL) team for his performance during the summer.
#31 Michael Davis -- Catawba Valley Stars, Carolina-Virginia:
Six of his 12 summer appearances were starts, tossing 40.0 innings with a 3.82 ERA, earning four victories ... Recorded 42 strikeouts against 16 walks ... Struck out a season-high nine twice in his final two starts of the summer ... Tossed six-plus innings twice.
#33 Corey Sikes -- Gastonia Grizzlies, Coastal Plain League:
Made seven relief appearances, tossing 11 total innings with a 9.82 ERA and a 0-1 record ... Struck out eight against five walks.
#34 Jake Moebius -- Piedmont (S.C.) Pride, Southern Collegiate Baseball League:
Made 12 appearances on the mound for a combined 15.1 innings, striking out 14 against 15 walks with a 3.52 ERA ... Only six of the 10 runs allowed were earned ... Also played in 22 games in the outfield, posting a .213 batting average with 10 hits in 47 at bats including a double with five RBI.
#36 Andrew Bullock -- Waynesboro (Va.) Generals, Valley League:
Played in 36 games including six in the postseason, posting a .273 batting average with 30 hits in 110 at bats ... 11 of his 30 hits went for extra bases including six doubles and five home runs, hitting homers in four-straight games ... Recorded nine, two-hit games over the summer ... Drove in 23 runs while also scoring 23.
#39 Dillon Bray -- Yarmouth-Dennis (Mass.) Red Sox, Cape Cod League:
Pitched with two different teams during the summer, starting with the Kernersville Bulldogs of the Carolina-Virginia League before finishing the summer on the championship roster of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League ... With Kernersville, four of his five appearances were starts, posting a 6.00 ERA with a 1-2 record ... Tossed 15 innings with 19 strikeouts against five walks ... Also tallied four at bats and drew three walks, scoring one run ... With Y-D, pitched in three games with one start, finishing with a 3.24 ERA over 8.1 innings pitched.
#44 Brendan Nail -- San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Blues, California Collegiate:
Five of his six appearances were starts, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.71 ERA over 26.0 innings pitched ... Tossed at least three innings in each appearance with a long of six innings on July 6 in which he struck out a season-high nine ... Recorded 32 strikeouts against 16 walks.