Baseball Players Complete Successful Summer Seasons

Ryan Brewer (left) and Bailey Hall (right) each threw well against primarily D-I and D-II players. (photos by Scott Eyre)
Ryan Brewer (left) and Bailey Hall (right) each threw well against primarily D-I and D-II players. (photos by Scott Eyre)

Even with their EMU season over, a number of Royals kept on playing baseball into the summer.

This year marked the most EMU players participating in summer leagues in the Ben Spotts era. Well over half of the Royals played summer ball, with an EMU player dotting at least one roster in five different leagues, ranging from upstate New York to heart of Virginia.

Bailey Hall Staunton Braves (Valley Baseball League)

Hall threw 39 innings and led the team with right starts compiling a 2-3 record and a 4.61 ERA.

Ryan Brewer Staunton Braves (Valley Baseball League)

Brewer was a late addition to the roster after throwing well for the Montezuma Braves in the Rockingham County Baseball League. In 10 innings pitched, Brewer walked just two hitters and finished the year with a 2.70 ERA.

Jaylon Lee Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League)

Lee played 30 games in the first season back for the Niagara Power. He finished 7-for-8 on stolen bases and had four doubles.

Brett Lindsay Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League)

Lindsay saw action in 31 games, batting .266 on the season with 10 RBI. He also finished with the highest fielding percentage among 2B, 3B, and SS.

Ray Tricarico Grottoes Cardinals (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Tricarico batted .276 with two doubles and six walks in limited action while recovering from an injury.

Jacob Merica Grottoes Cardinals (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Merica was a fixture at the top of the lineup for the Cardinals and finished among the team leaders in at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, and walks.

Daniel Scott Grottoes Cardinals (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Scott finished the summer with four doubles, 11 RBI, and 13 walks in 23 games.

Matt Curry Grottoes Cardinals/Clover Hill Bucks (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Curry hit four doubles and worked 12 walks after being acquired by the Cardinals.

Michael Wilhite Grottoes Cardinals (Rockingham County Baseball League)

One of the top relievers in the league, Wilhite threw 23 innings and racked up 26 strikeouts while allowing just seven earned runs. He finished the summer with a 2.73 ERA.

Billy Quinn New Market Shockers (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Quinn saw time at shortstop and third base, finishing the year 3-for-3 on stolen bases and scoring six runs in limited action.

Spencer Laitinen New Market Shockers (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Laitinen threw 19.2 innings for the Shockers, allowing 14 hits and striking out 10.

Jonathan Nagle New Market Shockers (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Nagle threw nine innings and struck out 11.

Paul Wilson New Market Shockers (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Finishing third in appearances, Wilson was used as a situational pitcher out of the bullpen.

Blake Schaar Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks (Rockingham County Baseball League)

After moving from Grottoes to the Diamondbacks, Schaar hit .400 over six games, finishing 6-15.

Zach Roberts Montezuma Braves (Rockingham County Baseball League)

After starting the year in the Valley League, Zach moved to the Braves to finish up the summer. He hit .295 over 11 games with four stolen bases.

Jordan Brake Montezuma Braves (Rockingham County Baseball League)

The primary backstop for the Braves, Brake had 10 hits with two doubles and seven RBIs.

John Judy Broadway Bruins (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Splitting catching and pitching duties for the upstart Bruins, Judy hit .365 with eight RBI and just six strikeouts to seven walks. He also threw 22 innings allowing 21 hits and striking out 23 in route to a 2-1 record.

Ethan Mathews Broadway Bruins (Rockingham County Baseball League)

Mathews led the team in appearances and threw 18.1 innings.

Justin Parrish Bon Air Barnstormers (Piedmont League)

Parrish saw primary time behind the plate for the Piedmont League Champions, batting .265 and slugging .380.

Nate Tomlin Pottstown Spartans (Perkiomen Valley Twilight League)

Tomlin finished the season with 11 innings pitched and four strikeouts.

Eastern Mennonite baseball is coming off a 15-24 season, with the young team ending on an upswing, including three straight games won on a walk-off home run.

The Royals also recently announced an Alumni Baseball Game for Saturday, Oct. 6. Contact ben.spotts@emu.edu or adam.posey@emu.edu for more information.