|Ryan Sonberg '13 was signed by the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Summer League.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The second-straight and second-ever 20-win season for the Bates College baseball team has come to a close, but the national pastime goes on for at least 15 team members who haven't yet graduated, who will be playing in summer collegiate leagues around the country.
The list is headed by junior-to-be shortstop Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.), who is currently on the roster for the Chatham Anglers of the most prestigious of all of these leagues, the Cape Cod Baseball League, which typically attracts the top Division I prospects.
Sonberg, a First Team All-NESCAC shorstop this season, passed a tryout with the Anglers, who like other Cape League teams were on the lookout for players on a temporary basis while future team members finish play in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.
Temps typically stick around for around two weeks, says Bates head coach Mike Leonard, who helped arrange the tryout. On some occasions, temp players end up stick with the team that originally signs them, or perhaps is picked up by another Cape team impressed with the player. "Because of the type of kid he is, how hard he works, and the type of player I believe he is, I wouldn't be surprised if this happened to him," said Leonard. But if not, Sonberg plans on playing in the Futures Collegiate League for the Torrington Titans in his home state of Connecticut.
BATES PLAYERS IN 2011 SUMMER LEAGUES:
- INF Ryan Sonberg '13 (Windsor, Conn.): Chatham Anglers, Cape Cod League; Torrington Titans, Futures Collegiate League
- RHP Demitrios Gatzogiannis '12 (Wells, Maine): Seacoast Mavericks, Futures Collegiate League
- LHP Tom Baroni '14 (Mount Kisco, N.Y.): Protocol Starz, ABCCL, Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (N.J.)
- RHP Karl Alexander '12 (Cambridge, Mass.): Watertown Reds, Intercity League (Mass.)
- INF Mike Ciummei '12 (Acton, Mass.): Watertown Reds, Intercity League (Mass.)
- RHP Mike Antonellis '13 (Sudbury, Mass.): Watertown Reds, Intercity League (Mass.)
- C Mike Nunan '13 (Brentwood, Tenn.): Tennessee Wildcats, Tennessee Summer Collegiate Baseball Association
- LHP Andrew Bradley '14 (New Canaan, Conn.): Westchester Putnam Baseball Association (N.Y.)
- INF Griff Tewksbury '14 (Concord, N.H.): Concord Sunset League (N.H.)
- OF Steve Burke '14 (Bedford, N.H.): Concord Sunset League (N.H.)
- INF Kevin Davis '14 (Andover, Mass.): North Shore League (Mass.)
- RHP A.J. DeBenedictis (Norwell, Mass.): Cranberry League (Mass.)
- RHP Pat Siebenlist '13 (Gaithersburg, Md.): North Yuma Yankees, ODL (D.C.)
- RHP/INF Kevin McGregor '13 (Randolph, N.J.): Mendham Pastime, Morris Majors League (N.J.)
- RHP Jeff Gunn '14 (Atlanta, Ga.): Windward Braves, Sunbelt League
- LHP Brad Reynolds '14 (Louisville, Colo.): Ft. Collins Foxes, Mountain Collegiate League or Fairview Knights, American Legion (Colo.)