LEWISTON, Maine -- Just as they aim to pile up the victories in the upcoming 2013 season, quite a few returning members of the Bates baseball team did the same in their various summer league ventures, by helping their clubs win league championships.
Here's a list of summer league championship winners among the upcoming season's returning Bobcats:
- Junior righthanded pitcher Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) and senior shortstop Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.), both with the Syracuse Junior Chiefs of the New York Collegiate Baseball League
- Sophomore C/OF Mekae Hyde (Lewiston, Maine) won the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Collegiate League title with the Riptides.
- Sophomore 1B/OF Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) helped win the Arizona Collegiate League with the Heat.
- Junior lefthander Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) and junior second baseman Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) helped the Nashua Silver Knights win the Futures Collegiate League.
- Sophomore infielder Alex Parker (Lewiston, Maine) helped Yankee Ford win the Maine Twighlight League (Portland).
In all, at least 23 Bobcats played summer baseball in highly regarded collegiate leagues around the country, including four in New England’s prestigious Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
The Bobcats return all but one regular starter and one starting pitcher from the 2012 team that finished 23-17, Bates’ third straight 20-plus win season, the last two under head coach Mike Leonard.
Listed below are the Bobcats’ league and team affiliations:
Futures Collegiate Baseball League
Mike Spinosa – Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
Griff Tewksbury – Nashua Silver Knights
Tom Baroni – Nashua Silver Knights
Brad Reynolds – Sea Coast Mavericks
New York Collegiate Baseball League
Ryan Sonberg – Syracuse Junior Chiefs
Dean Bonneau – Syracuse Junior Chiefs
Myrtle Beach Collegiate Baseball League – The Beach League
Mekae Hyde – Riptides
Steve Burke – Ghost Crabs
Jeff Gunn – Winward Braves, Sunbelt League (Ga.)
Rockwell Jackson – The Heat, Arizona Collegiate Baseball League
Kevin Davis – Medford Americans, Boston Intercity League
Kevin McGregor – Mendham Pastime, Morris County Majors (N.J.)
Mike Antonellis – Watertown Reds, Boston Intercity League (Mass.)
Chris Fusco – Houston Heat, Houston (Tex.) Collegiate League
Portland (Me.) Twilight League
Northbridge (Mass.) American Legion