SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Connor Redmond and incoming freshman righty Darren Nelson helped the Corvallis Knights capture the West Coast League baseball championship earlier this week.
Redmond made one start on the mound and pitched five innings, allowing one run and five hits with two walks and one strikeout, to lead Corvallis to a 3-2 win over Yakima Valley in a South Division semifinal on August 10.
Nelson went 1-for-1 with a single in the playoffs for the Knights, who defeated Yakima Valley in the semifinals and the Victoria HarbourCats in the championship finals.
Sophomore infielder Bradlee Beesley (pictured above) went 5-for-12 in the playoffs for Yakima Valley with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. Also for the Pippins, incoming freshman pitcher Taylor Dollard made one start and tossed 5 2/3 innings for a win over Corvallis.
The Kelowna Falcons also made the playoffs, losing to Victoria in the semifinals. Incoming freshman pitcher Andrew Alvarez made one start on the mound for the Falcons, tossing 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the HarbourCats.
During the regular season, Dollard earned West Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors for his performance against the Cowlitz Bears two weeks ago.
The future Cal Poly right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts for the win as Yakima Valley earned a 1-0 victory on August 1. Dollard allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter.
The Crespi Carmelite High School graduate finished the regular season with a 6-0 record and 1.92 ERA this summer, striking out 24 batters and walking just five over 32 2/3 innings.
Beesley finished the regular season with a .300 average (45 of 150), compiling seven doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 28 RBI. He was eight-for-10 in stolen bases and notched 12 multiple-hit contests, going 4-for-6 against Corvallis on July 23.
Beesley had an eight-game hitting streak snapped three weeks ago by Port Angeles and went 16-for-32 (.500) during the run with a triple, home run and seven RBI.
In the Northwoods League, infielder Kyle Marinconz closed out Eau Claire's regular season with a .291 average, four doubles and three home runs. He produced an eight-game hitting streak late in the season, going 13-for-28 (.464) during the run with a double, two home runs and nine RBI.
Marinconz knocked in 35 runs in 47 games and stole four of six bases, producing 14 multiple-hit games. He hit home runs in back-to-back games two weekends ago.
Marinconz played three games for the Santa Barbara Foresters before transferring to Eau Claire and hit .250 with a double.
Also at Eau Claire, Scott Ogrin hit .220 in 31 games with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI. He had five multiple-hit games this summer and hit a solo home run against Mankato on July 24. Pitcher Craig Colen was 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA, pitching 13 innings over six relief appearances with 12 strikeouts, and closed out the season with two shutout frames for the win against Thunder Bay on August 6 and three scoreless innings against St. Cloud on August 12.
Junior center fielder Alex McKenna posted a .298 average for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League. In 31 games this summer, he had nine doubles and two triples, stealing 15 of 22 bases and knocking in 16 runs.
McKenna, who had 11 multiple-hit games this season, singled in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on July 22, leading the East to a 5-3 win over the West.
Senior outfielder Colby Barrick lifted his batting average at Bellingham 102 points in just two games by going seven-for-nine with two doubles, a home run, five runs scored and two RBI on July 30 and 31. Hitting .186 before the weekend, Barrick's average for the season was .288 over 18 games with two doubles, one triple, a pair of home runs and nine RBI.
Incoming freshman Tate Samuelson finished his summer season with a .338 batting average for the San Luis Obispo Blues. Samuelson produced two doubles, seven RBI and two steals in 25 games with seven multiple-hit games, going 3-for-5 with a double against the Academy Barons on July 16.
Samuelson capped a San Luis Obispo Blues comeback from a 4-1 deficit in the ninth inning with a run-scoring single as the Blues edged the Santa Barbara Foresters 5-4 on July 19.
Also playing for the Blues, sophomore catcher Myles Emmerson hit .289 with six doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. He had five multiple-hit games this summer, including a 3-for-4 contest with two singles and a home run July 18 against the Ventura Halos.
Junior right-hander Bobby Ay was 2-1 on the mound with the Blues, compiling a 5.32 ERA. He struck out 20 batters over 22 innings and pitched six scoreless frames with five strikeouts and three hits in a win over the Academy Barons on July 15.
Austin Dondanville, also a junior righty, was 1-2 with a 1.50 ERA for the Blues, striking out 24 batters over 24 innings. His win came on July 1 against the Southern California Catch as allowed one run and eight hits over eight innings with four strikeouts.
On July 8, Dondanville struck out 10 in another eight-inning stint in a 2-1 loss to the Pacific Union Financial Caps and, six days later, struck out 10 more in eight innings but the Blues lost 1-0 to the Academy Barons.
Also in the California Collegiate League, southpaw Kyle Smith is pitching for the Santa Barbara Foresters, who competed in the National Baseball Congress Semi-Pro World Series. Smith pitched 8 2/3 innings over eight games and has not allowed a run with nine strikeouts.
The Foresters won Pool C at Wichita last week but were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Catcher Nick Meyer has completed his summer season with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, going 3-for-16 (.188) at the plate. He threw out three of five base stealers and played in 14 of Team USA's 20 contests (15-5).
In addition to Dollard, Beesley, Nelson, Redmond, Alvarez and Barrick, four other current or future Mustangs played in the West Coast League.
A trio of Mustangs were at Corvallis. Sophomore infielder Jack Kuzma hit .137 with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI. He singled and doubled, driving in three runs, against Walla Walla on July 9 and has a trio of two-hit games this season.
Redmond sported a 1-2 record and 3.00 ERA. In six games (five starts), he struck out 22 batters over 29 innings.
Nelson was 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 10 games, all but one in relief, for Corvallis, striking out 22 batters over 18 2/3 innings. He pitched two scoreless innings for a win July 7 against Walla Walla and tossed four scoreless innings for another win against Salem on July 25, allowing one hit and striking out three. He also hit .280 with two doubles and five RBI.
Others in the West Coast League were Connor Gurnik (.264, three doubles, one triple, nine RBI) and Alvarez (1-0, 7.44 ERA, 18 strikeouts over 29 innings) at Kelowna and Gabe Barthelmass (.107, one triple, one RBI in 11 games) and Dylan Doherty (0-for-2 in three games) at Gresham.
Alvarez allowed just one earned run in his last three appearances on the mound (10 innings) with nine strikeouts. He earned a win July 28 against Bellingham, giving up one run in four innings.
Five future Mustangs played for the Utah Marshalls, who compiled a perfect 7-0 record on a late June and early July road trip to Portland and Salt Lake City and captured their third straight Phil Singer Summer Series championship in August at San Diego, posting a 12-2-2 mark in pool play.
The Marshalls were 70-11 this summer, Nick DiCarlo leading the way with a .342 average and 33 RBI. Cole Cabrera hit .303 with 24 RBI and Blake Wagenseller .318 with 32 RBI. Zach Chalmers has a 1.76 ERA with 30 strikeouts over 36 innings while Matt Arens has struck out 27 over 20 innings with a 8.56 ERA.
Aidan Goicovich (2.46 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings over 12 appearances) pitched for the Pacific Union Financial Caps, who won 29 of 37 games this summer. The team plays its home games in Palo Alto.