The weekly installation of Boston College baseball's summer roundup is back! Let's check in with some of the current Eagles as they make their way through some of the nation's elite summer leagues:
Mike King, Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod Baseball League)
We're leading things off with the rising junior ace of the Eagle pitching staff. Pitching for the Artists Formerly Known As The Hyannis Mets, King's thrown two games, starting both. On June 9th, he pitched four innings but did not pick up a win as the Hawks defeated the Falmouth Commodores, 5-3. A week later, he returned to the hill, throwing five innings in a 7-3 win at Cotuit. Both games were won on the road against interdivisional foes.
King's struck out eight while walking only three, and he's surrendered only six hits. Against Cotuit, he faced 18 Kettleers and didn't give up a run, walking only one and giving up two hits.
King's on a full-time contract down the Cape this summer, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares once the full-time players get settled and players adjust to the wooden bats. Remember that the Cape pitching always is at an advantage while aluminum hitters adapt to new surroundings, at least in the beginning of the year.
Johnny Adams, Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Adams ventured down the Cape and had a rough start, going 0-fer in his first game, a 3-1 loss to the Kettleers at home. But he ralled over his next three appearances, stringing together a three-game hitting streak with a couple of knocks against Yarmouth-Dennis and Wareham while going 1-for-4 against Falmouth. He helped drive in two in a 4-2 win over the Red Sox, then drove in one and scored one against Wareham in a 12-11 slugfest.
Adams, whose average was a high of .278, is down to .214 after getting one hit in hist last 10 at-bats, but he's scored runs in four straight games.
Austin Batchelor, North Shore Navigators (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)
Batchelor, an incoming freshman out of Malden Catholic (#WeAreMC alert for this proud alum) got his first taste of action in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsfield Suns. He recorded one out but walked two.
Donovan Casey, Martha's Vineyard Sharks (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)
Casey's been on a tear since arriving on the island, hitting .364 in his first 10 games with five doubles and seven RBI. He's in the midst of a three-game hitting streak, having gone 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI in a 7-4 win over Pittsfield. Against Nashua, he went 2-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI. But his highlight came in an 8-0 demolition of the Bristol Blues, when he went 3-for-3 with three RBI.
His early season average pieaked at .565 after the rout of Bristol, but it's never been below .340. For good measure, MV pitched him four innings against Nashua in that 4-3 win, and he picked up the victory by surrendering only four hits and no runs. He struck out six and walked nobody. Maybe BC's found a new reliever for next year?
Justin Dunn, Cotuit Kettleers (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Dunn's been used out of the bullpen by Cotuit, and he's shown some electric stuff to start things off. Throwing three innings against Hyannis, he gave up three hits but didn't allow a run in striking out two. Four days later, he threw an inning of relief and struck out two while giving up a hit and facing one over the minimum. His WHIP is a 1.00, even though he's yet to pick up a positive decision or appear in a game in which Cotuit had actually scored a run.
Jake Palomaki, Ocean State Waves (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
Palomaki's struggled to start his summer. After going 2-for-4 in each of his first two games, he's gone a combined 4-for-26 since, including hitless games in his last two appearances (against Keene and Sanford). He last had a hit on June 13th in an 11-5 win over Sanford, where he also scored a run and gained an RBI. Hisseason highlight was the 2-for-4 appearance against Danbury where he also had a couple of RBI. Most alarming is his five strikeouts to just three walks and an on-base percentage of .297. It's still early in the summer, though, and he can easily pull out of it once he adjusts.
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