Students start arriving on campus within a couple of weeks, and football is already deep into their opening training camp. For all of college sports’ intents and purposes, fall is in session. And to hammer the point home, the last vestige of summer college sports ended this past weekend: Summer League Baseball.
Last week you were able to read about how most of the Tar Heels had already begun their summer vacation. However, two of them still had some playoff baseball to play. They got one extra game, as the Forest City Owls with Josh Dotson and Connor Ollio played the Macon Bacon in the divisional round of the Coastal Plain League Playoffs.
The game was a pitcher’s duel, lost by Forest City 1-0. Dotson and Ollio did not get into the game as Aaron Beasley from that team eight miles down the road pitched 7 1⁄3 strong innings. Unfortunately he gave up the only earned run of the game, a solo home run to Eastern Kentucky’s Daniel Harris. Kanan Butler from Lenior-Rhyne got the other two outs for the Owls.
The Bacon went on to face the Morehead City Marlins in the Coastal Plain League’s Championship Round, and the Marlins were able to prevail by winning game 3 of the best two out of three series.
Up on the eastern shore of Massachusetts, the Cape Cod League also finished up their season without any Tar Heels playing for the title. The Cotuit Kettlers took down the Harwich Mariners to secure their 17th Cape Cod League Title. Congratulations to the Kettlers.
The summer provided an outstanding opportunity for multiple Tar Heels. The one standout was Angel Zarate, as he was able to bat nearly .400 in his over 100 at bats, and is hopefully a good sign to give some protection to Aaron Sabato in the lineup next season. Speaking of Sabato, it’s more than a little bit strange that he chose not to play summer ball, as he’ll be a draft-eligible sophomore next year and you’d think he’d want scouts to see him play with a wooden bat before using a high draft selection on him. Maybe that’s a sign he’ll be in college a year longer than his minimum, maybe it means nothing, but it’s worth noting.
As we say good-bye to summer baseball and college baseball period until 2020, let’s take one final look at how the Tar Heels performed.
Cape Cod League
Austin Love, Orleans Firebirds
7 App, 4 GS, 20 IP, 2-1, 2.70 ERA, 21 K, 11 BB
Caden O’Brien, Harwich Mariners (Released July 12th)
2 App, 3 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2K, 1 BB
Danny Serretti, Orleans Firebirds (Released July 7th)
11 GP, 34 AB, .206 Avg, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
Coastal Plain League
Clemente Inclan, Wilmington Sharks:
35 GP, 135 AB, .217 Avg, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 15 R, 2 SB
Angel Zarate, High Point/Thomasville HiToms
26 GP, 108 AB, .398 Avg, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 27R, 6 SB
Nik Pry, Holy Springs Salamanders
13 App, 3 GS, 41,1 IP, 2-3, 3.48 ERA, 59k
Chris Joyner, Holy Springs Salamanders
11 App, 10 GS, 43.2 IP, 3-4, 4.53 ERA, 50 K
Austin Elliot, Martinsville Mustangs
7 GS, 25.1 IP, 0-4, 8.88 ERA, 33 K
Davis Palermo, Martinsville Mustangs
9 App, 8 GS, 41.2 IP, 3-3, 3.89 ERA, 36K
Will Schroeder, Martinsville Mustangs
22 GP, 61 AB, .131 Avg, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R, 1 SB
Josh Dotson, Forest City Owls
5 GS, 20.1 IP, 2-0, 6.64 ERA, 16 K
Connor Ollio, Forest City Owls
6 App, 5 GS, 32.1 IP, 4-1, 4.18 ERA, 40 K
Bennett Nance, Lexington County Blowfish
12 App, 7 GS, 32.2 IP, 3-0, 4.68 ERA, 36K