UIC Baseball Touts 22 Players in Summer Leagues

Right-handed pitcher Brian Evak will compete for the Eau Claire Express.
Right-handed pitcher Brian Evak will compete for the Eau Claire Express.

June 7, 2012

CHICAGO – The UIC baseball program sent 22 of its players around the country this summer to compete in collegiate baseball leagues.  Most of the student-athletes have already begun play with their respective teams as the Flames recently ended the 2012 season as the Horizon League runner-up, advancing to the championship game as the No. 4 seed.

Competing for the Eau Claire Express in the prestigious Northern Woods League is pitcher Brian Evak, centerfielder Nick Addison and shortstop Ryan Shober.  Addison already owns the third-best hitting percentage on the squad with a mark of .375 (6-of-16) in the five games he has played. 

In the Prospect League, Alex De LaRosa suits up for the West Virginia Minors.  The Horizon League All-Tournament Team selection has guided his squad to a 7-1 record so far this season, hitting the only two triples recorded for the Minors.

Three UIC players are participating in the Jayhawk League as Joe Betcher, Joey Begel and Jon Ryan play for the Hay Larks.  Betcher leads the Larks with three doubles already this season and is tied for a team-high in RBI with five.  The team boasts and unblemished record of 5-0 as Ryan and Begel will join the team in a few weeks after they recover from minor injuries.

A trio of Flames represents the Midwest Collegiate League as Conor Philbin and Tomas Michelson fill out the Illinois Lincoln’s roster and Cody Dykema dons a Northwest Indiana Oilmen jersey.



The Walter Johnson League will house eight UIC players this summer, the most of any one league.  Mike Schoolcraft, Alex Lee, Zenon Kolakowski and Tyler Detmer all compete for the 6-0 undefeated Hutchinson Monarchs, while Andres Ortegano, Carl Sugihara and Tim Suminski take their talents to the Valley Center Diamond Dogs.  Ryan Hinchley will join the Kansas Cannons later this summer after he recovers from elbow surgery to round out the eight Walter Johnson Leaguers.

Taking the field for the Crestwood Panthers of the Northern Illinois Baseball League will be Bobby Sheppard and Ryan Boss.  Boss ranked tied-for-fourth in the Horizon League with four homers in 2012 and will join the Panthers in a few weeks after recovering from an injury.

Rounding out the UIC contingent is John Coen and Jacob McNamara who have already begun play for the Lombard Oilers in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League.