UIC Baseball Players Winning in Summer Leagues|
June 20, 2012
CHICAGO – Twenty of UIC’s baseball players found homes with nine separate teams around the country this off-season to compete in summer league play. The majority of those student-athletes are experiencing great success as eight of the nine squads are currently above the .500 mark with all teams combining for a 90-57 record.
Just 20 miles west of the UIC campus, Jacob McNamara and John Coen pilot the undefeated Lombard Oilers at 10-0 as they sit atop the Chicago Suburban League. Coen holds a .333 batting and is tied for first on the team with four stolen bases.
Also competing in the Chicago Suburban League is Bobby Sheppard with the 7-5 Crestwood Panthers. The Panthers own the second best mark in the south division behind the Beecher Muskies (7-2) as Sheppard is hitting .300 at the plate.
Just minutes across the Illinois-Indiana border and playing for the 13-3 Northwest Indiana Oilmen is Cody Dykema. Dykema has helped his squad win nine of its last 10 games as he ranks second on the team in RBI (10) and steals (5).
Joe Betcher, Jon Ryan and Joey Begel guide the 10-4 Hays Larks with a 7-4 mark in the Jayhawk League. Betcher owns a .288 batting average and ranks tied for first on the team with 12 RBI and second with 17 hits. Ryan holds a .286 batting clip and has posted six hits, six runs and three doubles in just six games after joining the team late.
Alex De LaRosa stands as the lone UIC representative in the Prospect League, playing for the 13-6 West Virginia Miners. The outfielder is batting .250 and owns a team-best three doubles already this season.
The 8-6 Illinois Lincolns have experienced contributions from Conor Philbin and Tomas Michelson as Philbin ranks third on the team with 11 runs and fourth with 13 hits.
The Hutchinson Monarchs, which house Mike Schoolcraft, Alex Lee, Tyler Detmer and Zenon Kolakowski, also bask in a winning record of 10-5 as does the Valley Center Diamond Dogs at 12-8. Andres Ortegano, Carl Sugihara and Tim Suminski fill out the Dogs roster.
The only team to show a below .500 record is the Eau Claire Express of the prestigious Northern Woods League. Nick Addison, Ryan Shober and Brian Evak don the Express jersey as Addison is tied for the team lead with two homers and ranks second with nine RBI.