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Slew of baseball players competing in summer leagues


C. Burke












When Bates College head baseball coach Edwin Thompson worked a year ago to help place eight Bobcat players on summer wooden-bat collegiate leagues around the country, it would have been hard to predict the effort would go as successfully as it did. Many of Bates’ top players in its 25-11 turnaround season played in the aforementioned leagues, including All-NESCAC performers Noah Lynd, Chris Burke, Ryan Heide and Jacob Simon.

Thompson has made it clear that summer ball is a major component of the team’s approach to continued improvement. Little surprise, then, that the numbers of summer leaguers from Bates has increased this summer, to 13 out of 21 returning players.

“Our program is very fortunate to have 13 guys scheduled to play in top summer leagues throughout the country this summer,” said Thompson. “The guys know how important it is for our program that they continue to play with passion during the summer in order to represent our program the right way, and to help us to send more players to the same leagues in the future.”

Summer is when a baseball player has the best opportunity to improve, says Thompson. “Our guys are going to work on things that they need to improve on so hopefully we can build from this year and get better as we work towards winning a NESCAC title and getting into the NCAA tournament.”

All-New England and First Team All-NESCAC 1B/RHP Noah Lynd ’11 will be playing for the Covington Lumberjacks in the Virginia Valley League, considered by some baseball experts as one of the top five leagues in the country. “This is a great opportunity for Noah and our program to have a player in a league with so much tradition,” said Thompson, who himself played in the Virginia Valley League, helping the Harrisonburg Turks win the league championship in 2000, and then saw 13 out of 16 of his teammates go on the play professional baseball at some level. Link

Two-time All-NESCAC OF Chris Burke ’11 will take his talents to play for the Elmira Pioneers in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, also considered a top 10 summer league to play in. Link

Other Bates players and their summer clubs:

Righthanded pitcher Pat Siebenlist ’13 will play for the Gaithersburg Giants in the Maryland Collegiate League. Link

Shortstop Ryan Sonberg ’13 will be playing for the Manchester Mavericks in the Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League.  Link

Standout righthanded starter Karl Alexander ’12 will pitch for the Watertown Reds in Massachusetts’ Intercity League. Link

Paul Chiampa ’11, the other anchor of the returning pitching staff, will play for the South Shore Warriors in the Cranberry League in Massachusetts. Link

Righthander Demitrios Gatzogiannis ’12 will play in the Portland Twilight League for Dead River.

First baseman and lefthanded pitcher Kevin McGregor ’13 will be playing for East Morris in New Jersey’s Atlantic Baseball Confederation.

Outfielder Chris Alfiero ’13 will play American Legion ball in his home state of Montana.

Outfielder Jeff Clausen ’13 will be playing for the South Bay Battlecats of the Long Island Federation. Link

Outfielder Rich Velotta ’11 is suiting up for the Fairfield Baseball Club in Connecticut’s Senior City Baseball League. Link

Infielder Luke Wamboldt ’11 will be playing for Manny's TV and Appliances Baseball Club in Western Massachusetts’ Tri-County League. Link

Catcher Michael Nunan ’13 will suit up with the Middle Tennessee Cougars of the Tennessee Summer Collegiate Baseball Association. Link