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Baseball players fan out in summer wooden-bat leagues

C. Burke








Eight members of the Bates College baseball team are playing in some of the top wooden-bat collegiate leagues in the country this summer.

Edwin Thompson, who just finished his first season as the Bobcats’ head coach, emphasized to his team the value of tough competition and more of it. “The challenges our players can get by playing high-quality baseball allows them to become more complete players," said Thompson. "Most of the players in these leagues come from Division I schools. Our guys will play between 35 to 50 games competing against players from the University of Georgia, Tennessee, Miami, and Tulane, among many others.

All-NESCAC outfielder Chris Burke ’11 (Andover, Mass.) will play with first baseman/pitcher Noah Lynd ’11 (Meriden, N.H.) for the Maryland Orioles of the Maryland Collegiate League. The team last year played in the AABA Summer College World Series; the league is also known for producing numerous major league players and draftees. The first game of their season took place May 30, and at last glance both players were off to good starts: Burke is hitting .440 while Lynd is batting .292 and is 1-0 with a 0.00 earned run average after one start on the mound. Follow their progress at this link.

Second baseman Luke Wamboldt ’11 (Sunderland, Mass.) will be playing for the Iowa Snappers in the Mississippi River Valley League in Iowa. That season starts June 15. Follow his progress at this link.

Pitcher Paul Chiampa ’11 (Bryantville, Mass.) and outfielder Pat Murphy ’11 (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) will play for the Marion (Ky.) Bobcats of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (KIT). The team’s season started May 30. Follow the other Bobcats’ progress at this link.

Catcher Jacob Simon ’11 (Waterford, Conn.) and pitcher Ryan Heide ’11 (Medfield, Mass.) are playing for the D.C. Grays of the Clark Griffith League. Players like Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira played in this league while in college. Its season began June 5. Follow Simon and Heide at this link.

Pitcher Karl Alexander ’12 (Cambridge, Mass.) will be pitching for the Stockyard team in the Boston Park League. Follow him at this link.

There will also be seven other Bates players playing locally in their hometowns to bring the total number of 15 players playing summer baseball.