Offseason Update: @GWUBaseball Continues Strong Play In Area Wooden Bat Leagues

J.D. Huggins (Tim Cowie Photo)
J.D. Huggins (Tim Cowie Photo)

BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb's diamond standouts continue to produce well in the nation's summer collegiate wooden bat leagues and three former Diamond 'Dogs are set to begin their professional careers in the minor leagues.

Coastal Plains League (CPL)
Asheboro Copperheads (12-5)
Bradley Hallman (RHP) – Hallman is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts for the Copperheads. He has fanned 15 batters and walked six in 21.1 innings of work.

Wil Sellers (RHP) – Sellers sits at 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA in four appearances, with three coming as a starter. The former Kings Mountain (N.C.) High standout has fanned 19 batters in 19.0 innings of work.

Patrick Morton (RHP) – Morton has made three appearances and one start for the Copperheads. The rising sophomore hasn't factored into a decision and has fanned nine batters in 6.0 innings pitched. He has a 4.50 earned run average so far in 2016.

Forest City Owls (9-7)
Mason Fox (OF) – The speedy rising sophomore has collected six hits for the Owls, including a home run. He has five RBI, has scored four runs and is 1-of-2 on the base paths. Fox also has an outfield assist to his credit.

Gastonia Grizzles (7-12)
Matt Simmons (3B) – Simmons is batting a strong .333 in 17 games, going 19-of-57 with a pair of home runs three doubles and four RBI. His .433 on base percentage is also among the team's best.

High Point-Thomasville HiToms (12-6)
Danny Sullivan (OF/1B) – Sullivan remains hot at the plate this summer, batting .422 with 11 runs scored, seven doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI in 12 games. He ranks second in the CPL in batting average, first in slugging percentage (.711), fifth in on base percentage (.490) and first in doubles.

Wilson Tobs (11-8)
Collin Thacker (2B) – Thacker heated up in his final four games with the Tobs, batting .357 after a slow start. The Wilmington, N.C., native is back on campus participating in workouts and attending summer school second session in preparation for his senior season with the Runnin' Bulldogs. Thacker finished his scheduled stint in the CPL with a .234 average in 11 games.

Great Lakes Collegiate League
Southern Ohio Copperheads (7-9)
Tyler Johnson (RHP) – Johnson has pitched well this summer, forging a 1-1 record and a 2.50 ERA in three starts for the Athens, Ohio, based Copperheads. He has fanned 13 batters in 18.0 innings of work and has allowed only two extra base hits. Teams are batting just .238 against the Columbus, Ohio, rising sophomore.

Prospect League
West Virginia Miners (13-9)
Paul Trick (SS) – Trick also returned to campus to attend second session of summer school and begin workouts in the GWU weight room in advance of his senior season, but made an impact in his half season in Beckley, WV. Trick batted .250 with 18 hits, two doubles and nine RBI during his time with the Miners.

Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League
Rockville Express (3-1)
Corey Howard (LHP/1B) – Howard, who is expected to work on the mound for Gardner-Webb next season, has made one relief appearance for the Express, hurling 0.2 innings of scoreless relief work. He has collected eight hits at the plate with one home run, three doubles and four RBI.

Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL)
Carolina Vipers (12-6)
Justin Kunz (C) – Kunz also shut down for the summer, returning to campus early to begin workouts and attend summer school. The Wake Forest, N.C., rising sophomore made the most of his stay with the Vipers, ranking third in the SCBL with a .360 average. He had 18 hits, scored 16 runs and had seven doubles. Kunz also swiped five bases and saw his .500 on base percentage bolstered by reaching base seven times after being hit by a pitch. That number led the SCBL.

Chris Clary (OF) – The speedy Clary is batting .220 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI for the Vipers and has impressed with a .353 on base percentage. He also has five stolen bases this summer.

Lake Norman Copperheads (6-11)
J.D. Huggins (OF) – Huggins is challenging for the triple crown in the SCBL, leading the league in batting (.386) and home runs (6) and ranking a close second in RBI (13). He also has four doubles and paces the circuit in slugging percentage (.886) and OPS (1.367) so far this summer.

Luke Kaesmeyer (2B/SS) – Kaesmeyer had his summer cut short, but finished with a .400 batting average and eight RBI during his time with Lake Norman. The rising sophomore also forged a .511 on base percentage.

Piedmont Pride (13-4)
Chandler Redmond – The rising sophomore slugger is batting .315 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBI for the first-place Pride. He also has five doubles and a .377 on base percentage this summer.

SBA Bones (12-5)
Aaron Stewart (LHP) – The rising sophomore southpaw has made three starts for the Bones, going 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 10.0 innings of work. Stewart has fanned 11 batters so far this summer.

Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League
Catawba Valley Stars (10-11)
Gage Parham (2B) – Parham is having a great season in the CVCL, batting .340 with four doubles, a home run and 14 RBI for the Stars. He has 17 hits and has forged solid metrics with a .520 slugging percentage and .484 on base percentage in 21 games.

Mid-Atlantic Collegiate League
MACL Bandits
Patrick Jackson (INF) – Jackson earned MACL All-Star honors earlier this week after batting .296 with a double, triple and four RBI in 10 games. The rising sophomore has scored seven runs as well as forging a .367 on base percentage.

Gwinnett Braves (AAA)
Blake Lalli (C) – Lalli is batting .183 in 53 games with the Braves' Triple A affiliate. He has six doubles and 14 RBI so far this season. Lalli has batted .284 with 412 RBI and 191 doubles in 974 career minor league games, dating back to the 2006 season. He has played in 22 major league games with the Chicago Cubs (2012) and Milwaukee Brewers (2013).

Danville Braves (Rookie)
Jeremy Walker (RHP) – Walker, a 5th round selection of the Braves (139), signed his contract earlier in June and was recently assigned to the Danville Braves of the short season Appalachian League. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder is expected to be used as a starter. Danville's season begins on June 23. Walker will wear jersey No. 37, the same number he wore at Gardner-Webb.

AZL White Sox (Rookie)
Ryan Boelter (LHP) – Boelter, a 33rd round choice by the White Sox, made his professional debut in Arizona on June 20, hurling 1.0 scoreless frame against the Dodgers' Arizona League affiliate. Boelter scattered a pair of hits in the relief appearance. Boelter wears jersey No. 74 with the White Sox.

AZL White Sox (Rookie)
Brad Haymes (RHP) – Haymes, a 17th round pick by the White Sox, signed and also joined the White Sox Arizona League affiliate with fellow Gardner-Webb pitcher Ryan Boelter. Haymes, who will wear jersey No. 40, has not made an appearance yet in Arizona.