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From The Dugout: Honkers Check In From Rochester

July 16, 2010

After three Oregon Ducks won the 2009 Northwoods League championship with the Rochester Honkers last summer, once again Oregon has a strong representation in Rochester with Danny Pulfer, Ryan Hambright and Andrew Mendenhall on the 2010 squad.

The trio checked in with to catch up Duck fans on their summer in the Northwoods League.

The Rochester Honkers once again kicked off their season with a good start.  After waiting for a late-season injury to heal, Danny got to Rochester a little late, but wasted no time getting into the swing of things.  He reached base in his first seven plate appearances going 5-for-5 with four RBI and a home run. 

Andrew got off to a slow start and was playing uncharacteristic defense, but as of late has snapped back into his game coming up clutch when the Honkers need him. 

Right-hander Joey Housey had a few appearances where he performed really well, but went home to Florida to rehab an injury.

Ryan was the last Duck to arrive.  On a team that is struggling for pitching, Ryan wasn’t quite ready to take the mound, but his bat was alive.  Ryan has gotten off to a good start swinging the bat well, and has made a few appearances on the mound where he was lights out the first appearance but rocky the second.

The Honkers do not have the team they had last year, but managed to win the first half of the season - automatically getting them into the playoffs. 

For the Ducks on the team, improvement is being seen almost daily.  It will be an exciting 2011 season if things continue to progress. Mendenhall is really looking to be a force in the outfield as well with occasional gap power with the bat.  Hambright, with PK Park’s jet stream to right, could potentially hit 5-to-10 home runs next season. And Pulfer, though not performing as well with the bat, is staying consistent with the glove and working on stealing bases and hitting for power.

The season is a little more than half over, but we will all have to leave early to be back for summer school and will not be able to contribute to the conclusion of the Honkers season.  We are all having a lot of fun, and making a bunch of new friends including players we will see in opposing uniforms next year.  The journey is long but the memories will be longer

Team USA
Scott McGough threw five innings of shutout baseball and struck out nine on his way to earning the win in the Collegiate National Team’s 8-1 victory over Korea on Thursday night in Cary, North Carolina. Left-hander Tyler Anderson has yet to make an appearance in the five-game series against Korea, with Game No. 3 beginning tonight at 4:15 p.m. PT (7 :15 p.m. ET) from Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C. Check back HERE later today for video of McGough’s monster outing.

Oregon student manager Sean Kim is also in North Carolina, and was kind enough to send some photos.

Tyler Anderson, Sean Kim, Scott McGough

Athletic Hall of Fame
Oregon pitching coach Andrew Checketts will be inducted into West Linn High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in October. Read more about it HERE.

Cape Cod League
Oregon shortstop KC Serna is enjoying a fabulous summer in the Cape playing for the Falmouth Commodores. Check out a recent article on Serna, written by Russ Carpenter of the Cape Cod Times. Serna is batting .252 for the Commodores, and has a .963 fielding percentage at short. Also, check out this clip of Serna on YouTube as Falmouth deemed his defensive grab the “Play of the Night.” Lefty Christian Jones has also made four starts on the mound for the Commodores and has 3.38 ERA.

Northwoods League
Madison Boer Boer received a late invite to the College National Team Trials, but was not named to the final roster. He returned to the La Crosse Loggers, who are currently third in the South Division standings with a record of 22-19. He is 3-1 on the mound with a 1.29 ERA.

Danny Pulfer, Ryan Hambright and Andrew Mendenhall are currently sitting in second place of the North Division playing for the Rochester Honkers. Hambright is batting .370, and has also pitched two innings on the mound. PerfectGame USA has Rochester ranked seventh in its PG Crosschecker Summer Baseball Top 30 poll.

West Coast League
Mitch Karraker’s Bend Elks lead the West Division with a record of 23-9, while Paul Eshleman’s Kitsap BlueJackets sit at third in the West with a mark of 16-14. Karraker is batting .280 with 12 RBI as Perfect Crosschecker has the Elks ranked 10th in the PG Crosschecker Summer Baseball Top 30 poll. Eshleman is hitting .227 with one home run for Kitsap.

Alaska Baseball League
Nick Wagner has made 21 starts for the Glacier Pilots, while Kellen Moen has made five appearances on the mound with a 2.04 ERA for the Peninsula Oilers.

California Collegiate League
The San Luis Obispo Blues are currently second in the California Collegiate league standings with a 15-7 record. Dylan Gavin is batting .211 with 13 RBI as the PG Crosschecker Summer Baseball Top 30 poll ranks the Blues at No. 12.

Ryon Healy is batting .357 in 30 starts for the Conejo Oaks of the California Collegiate League.
Tyler Kuresa is hitting .277 for the Oahu Paddlers (15-9) of the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League.
In his first at-bat of the summer, Stefan Sabol put one over the fence, and has kept it going batting .323 for the of the Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League.

Erik Stavert is in town this week with his Tri-City Dust Devils playing a five-game series through Saturday at PK Park with the Eugene Emeralds.
Drew Gagnier: Connecticut Tigers (New York-Penn League, Class A Short-Season)
Eddie Rodriguez: GCL Marlins (Gulf Coast League – East, Rookie Ball)
Zack Thornton has already moved up from Rookie Ball to Class A Short Season with the Oakland A’s minor league system. Thornton is currently with the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League, and is scheduled to return to PK Park on Saturday, June 24, for a three-game sting against the Eugene Emeralds.
Check out this article from Ryan Fleckenstein’s hometown paper, The Manteca Bulletin, on his route to the minor leagues and the GCL Rays.