DURHAM, N.C. – With the remaining summer collegiate leagues wrapping up their postseason play, all Duke players are officially finished with summer baseball. Several Blue Devils have already been back on campus for over a month training for next season, and those that just finished playing in their summer leagues will report back by the end of August.
In the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, Duke teammates Aaron Cohn and Mike Rosenfeld carried the Westhampton Aviators to the ACBL Championship game. In the Coastal Plain League, Jordan Betts’ late season surge vaulted the Forest city Owls into the CPL Semifinals. Duke Freshman All-America Chris Marconcini helped the Harrisonburg Turks compile the Valley Baseball League’s best record, and Matt Berezo emerged as one of the top middle infielders in the Prospect League.
Read on to find out how all of Duke’s summer baseball participants fared over the past few months.
Junior – RHP
Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League) Pitching Stats: 9 starts, 2-6, 4.44 ERA, 52.2 IP, 41 K, 21 BB, .274 B/Avg.
Bebout’s summer in the Coastal Plain League is complete. Bebout ranked third on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts while averaging just under six innings per start. He threw at least five innings in all nine of his outings.
Sophomore – 3B
Forest City Owls (Coastal Plain League) Batting Stats: 49 games, .241 AVG (39-for-162), 23 RBI, 19 R, 8 doubles, 4 HR, 19 BB
Forest City rode Betts’ bat to the Coastal Plain League semifinals and came within one game of reaching the CPL Finals. Betts shook off a slow start to the summer and raked a .303 average over his final 20 games. He hit six doubles, homered once and drove in 10 runs during that 20-game tear before the Owls swept the Asheboro Copperheads in the first round of the playoffs. Betts then helped Forest City take the first game of the semifinal matchup against Gastonia, but the Grizzlies fought back and won the next two games before claiming the 2011 CPL Championship.
Junior – C/1B
Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League) Batting Stats: 34 games, .198 AVG (18-for-91), 8 doubles, 2 triples, 9 RBI, 13 R, 16 BB, .333 OBP
Kremer’s summer in the Coastal Plain League is complete. He started 23 games and drew more walks (16) than strikeouts (13).
Sophomore – SS
Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League) Batting Stats: 56 games, .249 AVG (45-for-181), 12 RBI, 18 R, 7 doubles, 5-6 SB, 8 SH
LaBruna was one of only two players in the entire Coastal Plain League to play in all 56 of his team’s regular season games. The everyday shortstop for the Wilson Tobs, LaBruna played his best baseball in the second half and hit .338 over his final 20 games. He also led the team with eight sacrifice bunts.
Sophomore – OF/1B
Harrisonburg Turks (Valley League) Batting Stats: 43 games, .295 AVG (46-for-156), 17 RBI, 27 R, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR, .376 OBP, 1 SB
Marconcini built off his 2011 Freshman All-America campaign this summer and was one of the top hitters in the powerhouse Harrisonburg lineup. The 6-5, 200-pound first baseman and outfielder owned the No. 5 spot in the Turks’ batting order and ranked second on the team with 15 extra-base hits. He scored 27 runs from that spot and was a key piece of a Harrisonburg lineup that led the Valley League in batting average, on base percentage and hits. Harrisonburg had the best record in the VBL, finishing at 34-14 which was three games ahead of the next closest team.
Sophomore – INF
Butler BlueSox (Prospect League) Batting Stats: 53 Games, .278 AVG (57-for-205), 17 RBI, 36 R, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 13 SB, .361 OBP
Berezo was the spark plug of the Butler offense this season, putting together a .361 on base percentage out of the leadoff spot while leading the team in stolen bases and runs scored. Berezo was a consistent contributor and was named to the Prospect League All-Star Team where he started and hit leadoff in the game, finishing 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Berezo reached base safely in 30 of his last 34 games, including his final nine games in which he crossed the plate 10 times.
Sophomore - INF
Westhampton Aviators (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League) Batting Stats: 38 games, .321 AVG (36-for-112), 18 RBI, 21 R, 4 doubles, 3 HR, 17-17 SB
Cohn and Duke teammate Mike Rosenfeld led Westhampton all the way to the Atlantic Collegiate League Championship game, but could not win it at all as the Staten Island Tide took down Westhampton 7-1. Reaching the championship was the culmination of a breakout summer for Cohn, who hit .417 during the ACBL playoffs while stealing eight bases without being caught in that four-game run. Cohn swiped four bags in the championship game against Westhampton and was a perfect 17-for-17 stealing during the summer while hitting .321 with three home runs.
Sophomore - OF
North Jersey Eagles (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League) Batting Stats: 36 games, .168 AVG (16-for-95), 6 RBI, 11 R, 2 doubles, 33 BB, 12-16 SB
D’Alessandro’s summer in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League is complete. He finished among the top five in the league in walks and led North Jersey in stolen bases.
Senior - RHP
Quakertown Blazers (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League) Pitching Stats: 9 APP, 3-0, 3.60 ERA, 2 Saves, 15.0 IP, 22 K, 12 BB
Putman’s summer in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League is complete. He was Quakertown’s top reliever, finishing 3-0 with two saves and an average of 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Sophomore - C
Westhampton Aviators (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League) Batting Stats: 31 games, .270 AVG (24-for-89), 5 doubles, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 12 R, 6 SB
Rosenfeld and Duke teammate Aaron Cohn took Westhampton to the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Championship game, but the Staten Island Tide came away with a 7-1 win to claim the ACBL crown. Rosenfeld was a regular contributor for the Aviators, starting 30 games while hitting .270. When not the starting designated hitter, Rosenfeld caught a Westhampton pitching staff that logged a 2.62 ERA which was the second lowest in the league. In the ACBL Championship game, Rosenfeld went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.
Junior – RHP/INF/OF
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Pitching Stats: 7 APP, 0.00 ERA, 4 Saves, 8.1 IP, 17 K, 1 BB, .000 B/Avg. Batting Stats: 1 Game, .000 AVG (0-for-3), 1 R, 1 SAC, 1 K
Stroman’s summer with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is complete.
Junior – OF
Orleans Firebirds (Cape Cod League) Batting Stats: 10 Games, .133 AVG (4-for-30), 0 RBI, 4 R, 1 Double, 1 SAC
Piwnica-Worms’ summer in the Cape Cod League is complete. This was his second summer in the renowned Cape Cod League.
Sophomore – RHP
Gambrills Athletics (Maryland Collegiate Baseball League) Pitching Stats: 7 APP, 1-0, 1 save, 3.66 ERA, 19.2 IP, 11 K, 11 BB, 13 hits
Ruffin’s summer in the Maryland Collegiate League is complete. Ruffin was Gambrills’ top reliever, leading the team in relief innings (19.2) and bullpen ERA (3.66).
Sophomore – RHP
Denver Bombers (Colorado Collegiate Baseball League) Pitching Stats: 3-1, 1 save, 2.73 ERA, 26.1 IP, 32 K, 12 BB
Nava’s summer in the Colorado Collegiate League is complete. He was named to the CCBL All-Star Team.
Junior - C
Rome Thunderbolts (New York Collegiate Baseball League) Batting Stats: 20 games, .180 AVG (9-for-50), 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 6 R
Munger’s summer in the New York Collegiate League is complete. Munger was a part of one of the NYCBL’s most successful teams, as Rome finished 27-17 for third place in the East Division. He caught a pitching staff that logged a 3.23 ERA.
Sophomore – INF/OF
Mystic Schooners (New England Collegiate Baseball League) Batting Stats: 18 games, .180 AVG (11-for-61), 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB
Perkins’ summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League is complete. Perkins and the Schooners scrimmaged the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, and Perkins launched a solo home run in that game.