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    Jacob McNamara is batting an impressive .437 for the Lombard Oilers.
     
    Jacob McNamara is batting an impressive .437 for the Lombard Oilers.
     
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    July 3, 2012

    CHICAGO –As summer rolls along, the UIC Flames’ baseball players are continuing to bring the heat in their summer league play. Eight of the nine squads are still above the .500 mark with a combined 137-88 record. 

    Jacob McNamara and John Coen are helping pilot their first place Lombard Orioles to a scorching 20-4 record in the Chicago Suburban League.  McNamara’s .437 batting is the third best on the squad and Coen is batting .375 and is tied for first on the team with four stolen bases.

    Bobby Sheppard’s Crestwood Panthers are holding an 11-7 record in the Chicago Suburban League, as he holds a .333 batting average.

    Trying to help move his 15-9 Northwest Indiana Oilmen into first place is Cody Dykema. His 15 RBI is second highest on his team and he also has a .315 batting average.

    Joe Betcher, Joey Begel and Jon Ryan are all playing their part on their 17-8 Hays Larks. Betcher leads his team with 91 at-bats, starting all 22 games he’s played, and batting at .275. Begel is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA, as Ryan is batting at .268.

    Lending strong support to his 21-9 West Virginia Miners is Alex De LaRosa. He is batting.269 and has the second most triples on his team with three.

    Conor Philbin and Tomas Michelson are trying to turn their season around with the 13-9 (7-3 in last 10 games) Illinois Lincolns. Philbin Is batting .288 and Michelson is 1-1 on the season.


     

     

    In the Walter Johnson League are Andres Ortegano, Carl Sugihara and Tim Suminski, playing for the 12-10 Valley Center Diamond Dogs. Ortegano and Sugihara are both batting at .250, while Suminski is 1-0 on the season.

    Also in the Walter Johnson League is the 18-10 Hutchinson Monarchs. They are housed by Mike Schoolcraft, Alex Lee, Tyler Detmer and Zenon Kolakowski.

    Though the Eau Claire Express is the only teams sitting below the .500 mark, Brian Evak, Nick Addison or Ryan Shober aren’t giving up yet. There is more baseball to be played and more flames to be sparked.