Summer Baseball Wrap-Up


MSC baseball players are back on campus, many of whom are returning from collegiate summer leagues throughout the country. Several Aggies excelled in summer league competition, sharpening their skills for the 2015 season as Murray State sets its sights on another championship season.

NJCAA National Team
Trenton Dupre (SO)
Lane Paul (SO)
Zach Crabtree (Head Coach)

Sophomore pitcher Trenton Dupre and sophomore catcher Lane Paul were selected to play for the NJCAA National Team which competed in the NBC World Series in Wichita, KS. The team which was coached by some of the top NJCAA coaches in the country, including Aggie Head Baseball Coach Zach Crabtree, represented the NJCAA well finishing an impressive 3rd place at the historic tournament. The Aggie players did well when given an opportunity with the team. Paul drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in his lone at bat of the tournament and Dupree worked three innings allowing only two hits and one run on the mound for Team USA.

Coastal Plains League
Lane Paul (SO)
Before joining the NJCAA National Team Lane Paul competed for the Fayetteville Swampdogs of the Coastal Plains League in Fayetteville, NC. The Coastal Plains League which is one of the premier collegiate summer leagues in country and boast nearly 1,200 alumni drafted including 65 alumni that have made it to Major League Baseball. Paul had an outstanding summer for the Swampdogs and was named the starting catcher in the Coastal Plains League All-Star game. He finished the summer with a .271 batting average, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homerun, and 24 RBI.

M.I.N.K. League
Daniel Arthur (Alumni)
Former Aggie and Wright State commit Daniel Arthur played for the Sedalia Bombers of the MINK League in Sedalia, MO. The M.I.N.K. League is composed of teams from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas and the league started in 1910 and continues to provide a venue for college players who wish to develop their skills to enter the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft to play baseball in an environment of increased competition. Arthur, who hit .261 with 3 doubles and 10 RBI, helped the Bombers win their division and finish runner-up in the league.

New York Collegiate Baseball League
Tre Edwards (RS-FR)
Fernando Garcia (FR)

Aggie freshmen Tre Edwards and Fernando Garcia were teammates this summer with the Geneva Twins in the NYCBL. Both Edwards and Garcia played outstanding this summer and were named starters for the league’s Western Division team in the NYCBL All-Star Game. The pair led the Twins to league semi-finals and were considered by MLB scouts to be two of the top prospects in the NYCBL. Edwards finished the summer batting .384 with 4 doubles, 2 triples and 7 RBI. Garcia hit .364 with 5 doubles, 4 triples, 3 homeruns, and 23 RBI.

Northwoods League
Keach Ballard (Alumni)
Former Aggie Keach Ballard teamed up with current MSC Hitting Coach Sam Bjorling in Duluth, MN playing for the Duluth Huskies in the prestigious Northwoods League. Ballard had an outstanding summer earning helping lead the Huskies to 1st place second half finish. Ballard earned plenty of individual accolades along the way, being selected by MLB scouts to compete in the NWL Big League Dreams showcase and being named #75 on the NWL top 200 prospects list. Ballard hit .315 for the Huskies this summer and led the team in hits, triples, and RBI.

Puget Sound Collegiate League
Trevor Inman (SO)
Jacob Martinez (RS-SO)
Caleb McDonald (RS-SO)
Jake Patterson (SO)

Aggie sophomores Trevor Inman, Jacob Martinez, Caleb Martinez, and Jake Patterson competed this summer for the Nisqually Silvers in the Puget Sound Baseball League in Washington. The Puget Sound Collegiate League is a developmental league that was created to provide college baseball players an opportunity to further develop their skills during the summer months. The Aggie foursome helped lead the Silvers to the team’s first ever Puget Sound League Championship. Inman had an excellent showing for the Silvers batting .407 with 8 2B and 22 RBI. Martinez finished with 19 hits, 5 doubles and 12 RBI. McDonald got off to a hot start batting .407 with 5 2B and 9 RBI, before a shoulder injury ended his summer. On the mound for the Silvers Patterson had a 4-1 record.

West Coast League
Brandon Grimsley (Alumni)
Brian Greisman (Alumni)
Michael Brinska (SO)
Austin Hagy (SO)
Connor Counce (Alumni)

Five current and former Aggies took their talents to the Pacific Northwest this summer to compete in the West Coast League. The WCL is dedicated to accelerating prospect development and increasing player exposure, founded in 2005 it has quickly become one of the top collegiate summer leagues in the country. Aggie alumni Brandon Grimsley was one of the top performers in the league this summer, leading his team, the Kewlona Falcons, in batting average (.296), finishing second in hits (40), and third in RBI (20). Another Aggie Alumni, Brian Greisman, was on this way to putting together a sensational summer in the West Coast League for the Walla Walla Sweets before an injury cut his summer short. At the time of his injury, Greisman had a 2.02 ERA in 13.1 IP with 12 strikeouts and 8 walks. Further south in Klamath Falls, OR 3 current and former Aggies competed for the Klamath Falls Gems. Sophomores Austin Hagy and Michael Brinska both toed the rubber for the Gems, both spending time starting and relieving games. Former Aggie, and 2014 NJCAA home run leader, Connor Counce also played for the Gems and represented the team in the WCL Home Run Derby.

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