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Broncos Having Success in Summer Wooden Bat Leagues

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 06/19/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Several members of the Western Michigan baseball team are suiting up in summer wooden bat leagues across the country. A total of nine different Broncos are playing on six different teams.

Player - Team (Location) - League
Patrick Borlik - Battle Creek Bombers (Battle Creek, Mich.) - Northwoods
Vinnie Booker - Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, Ohio) - Prospect
Will Nimke - Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, Ohio) - Prospect
Jared Kujawa - Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, Ohio) - Prospect
Chris Bossenbery - Gastonia Grizzlies (Gastonia, N.C.) - Coastal Plains
Patrick Duncan - Victoria Generals (Victoria, Texas) - Texas Collegiate
Andrew Sohn - Lake Erie Monarchs (Maumee, Ohio) - Great Lakes
Nick Bradley - Watertown Wizards (Watertown, N.Y.) - Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
Matt Nestor - Watertown Wizards (Watertown, N.Y.) - Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League

Both Nimke and Bradley have served as starting pitchers, while Borlik, Sohn, Bossenbery and Nestor have been used in relief. Sohn has played on both sides of the ball and leads WMU hitters with a .360 average, collecting nine hits in 25 at bats over the first seven games. He also has one save to his credit. Borlik has dialed in for two saves in seven appearances.

The NCAA sanctions these wood bat leagues, some of which are sponsored in part by a donation from Major League Baseball. Several leagues exist throughout the country and teams are comprised of the top college players from North America and beyond. These summer leagues represent the highest level of pre-professional amateur baseball. Players are not paid so as to maintain their NCAA eligibility.

 

2012 Summer Ball Stats - As of 6/18/12          
                           
Pitching:   W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H  
Patrick Borlik Battle Creek
0 0 5.14 7 0 0 2 7 6 2 6  
Andrew Sohn Lake Erie
0 0 0.00 2 0 0 1 2.1 4 0 1  
Will Nimke Chillicothe 1 2 3.57 4 3 0 0 17.2 7 4 17  
Chris Bossenbery Gastonia 1 0 4.32 7 0 0 0 8.1 5 4 10  
Matt Nestor Watertown 0 1 2.08 3 0 0 0 4.1 3 4 4  
Nick Bradley Watertown 1 0 4.22 2 2 0 0 10.2 5 8 9  
                           
Hitting:   G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Patrick Duncan Victoria 9 28 3 5 0 0 0 1 5 3 0 .179
Andrew Sohn Lake Erie
7 25 4 9 1 0 0 3 0 2 3 .360
Jared Kujawa Chillicothe 12 48 13 16 2 2 1 10 7 4 3 .333
Vinnie Booker Chillicothe 16 63 12 18 1 1 0 4 4 15 2 .286

 

 

 

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