Trojans Take Their Skills to Summer Ball Teams Across the Country|
June 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES - 20 Trojan baseball student-athletes have spread out across the country to hone their skills on summer ball teams from Cape Cod to Alaska.
The most prestigious summer baseball league in the country, the Cape Cod Baseball League opened play yesterday (Wednesday) with three Trojans in action. Right-handed pitcher Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) is spending the summer suiting up for the Bourne Braves, left-handed pitcher Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) the Orleans Firebirds and infielder/outfielder Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) the Chatham Anglers. All three Trojans competed in their team's season openers. Nootbaar threw two innings in relief, allowing only one hit while striking out two as the Braves lost to Yarmouth-Dennis, 2-0. Twomey went 2.2 relief innings and despite not allowing a hit, allowed one earned run with two walks. The to-be sophomore struck out an impressive four batters in his outing as the Firebirds lost 4-2 to Cotuit. Flores started in left field for the Anglers season-opening 4-0 win.
Three Trojans are competing in the Alaska Baseball League. Lefty pitcher Sean Adler (Northridge, Calif./Sierra Canyon HS) and infielder AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) are suiting up for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, while outfielder Tuner Clouse (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley HS) is competing for the Kenai Oilers.
Heading to the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League are pitchers James Guillen (Covina, Calif./Damien HS) and Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS). Guillen suited up for the Loggers last year and helped the team with the Northwoods League title. This year the team is 10-5 and Guillen has made two relief appearances and is 2-0 through two innings of work. He has not allowed a run on two hits and has struck out one. Kriske has made two relief appearances for a total of three complete innings of work. He has struck out one and has allowed two earned runs on one hit and three walks. Outfielder Omar Cotto (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Bonneville School) is also competing for the Northwoods League's Thunder Bay Border Cats.
The majority of the Trojan summerballers are competing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Catcher Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), a 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection, is suiting up for the Plymouth Pilgrims, where he is joined by teammate Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS). Stubbs has played in three games so far, batting .300 to drive in one run. Shortstop Lacey is second on the Pilgrims squad with a batting average of .308 through four contests. He is 4-for-13 with two doubles and two RBIs. Outfielders Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) are competing for the Holyoke Blue Sox and the Newport Gulls, respectively. Through four games Bozoian is batting .333 with one home run and four RBIs, while Robinson is batting .214 through three games, driving in two runs while scoring another.
Left-handed pitcher Sean Silva (Fresno, Calif./Fresno City College) and infielder Reggie Southall (Gardena, Calif./Serra HS) are playing for the West Coast League's Walla Walla Sweets. In the young season, Silva has made two relief appearances and through 4.0 complete innings, he has not allowed a run, while only allowing three hits and striking out four. Southall is 2-for-11 with one walk and one run scored. Lefty pitcher Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) is also competing in the West Coast League, but for the Bellingham Bells. So far he has appeared in four games in relief, and through 3.2 innings of work has only allowed two hits and has struck out five, while not allowing a run and earning two saves.
A few Trojans are set to remain close to home in southern California for summer ball. Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS), who led the team with hit-by-pitches, is suiting up for the Glendale Angelenos. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Richter (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic HS) will compete for the Orange County Wave, while right-handed pitcher/infielder Kyle Davis (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) will play for the Long Beach Legends.
Rounding things out is utility David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS), who is playing for Southern Nevada Baseball Navy.