THE FLATS - The 2017 summer baseball season has come to a close for a number of Yellow Jackets, however, a few Tech student-athletes are still helping their teams make a late season surge over the final week for a playoff spot in their respective leagues.
Micah Carpenter and Robert Winborne both led their Anchorage Bucs team to the Top of the World Series in the Alaska Baseball League before falling just short in the three-game series 2-1 to the Mat-Su Miners last week, while Paxton Rigby's Altamonte Springs Scorpions squad lost in the semifinals of the Florida Collegiate Summer League playoffs over the weekend.
Xzavion Curry, Jonathan Hughes, Jake Brace and Cameron Turley all so their summer seasons come to an end two weeks back, as the Brookhaven Bucs lost in the East Divisional Championships to the Atlanta Crackers in the Sunbelt Baseball League.
The Lexington County Blowfish, which includes two Jackets in Austin Wilhite and Connor Thomas, will wrap up their season on tonight, Aug. 7, with an outside chance to make the Coastal League Plain playoffs. Fellow freshman Garrett Gooden and the Green Bay Bullfrogs will wrap up their regular season schedule this week in the Northwoods League and are vying for a playoff spot.
Here is a complete list of where the Jackets are playing this summer:
Alaska Baseball League
- Micah Carpenter, Anchorage Bucs - Pitched in 11 games, starting six contests. He went 1-3 with two saves, a 5.05 ERA and recorded 22 strikeouts over 35.2 innings pitched. He was named to the American All-Star Team for the 2017 Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game.
- Robert Winborne, Anchorage Bucs - Appeared in 25 games out of the bullpen, recording two wins and four saves. He went 2-1 on the summer with four saves, a 1.05 ERA and totaled 24 strikeouts over 25.2 innings on the mound. He was named to the American All-Star Team for the 2017 Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game.
Cape Cod Baseball League
- Joey Bart, Harwich Mariners - Stepped away from the Mariners to play with the USA Baseball team as part of their training camp roster with a chance to earn a spot on their Collegiate National Team. For the Mariners, he played in eight games and hit .167 (5-for-30) with two doubles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. He closed his summer season out on July 10 to recover from an injury.
Coastal Plain League
- Jake Lee, Holly Springs Salamanders - Made five starts on the summer, which included a complete game win. He went 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA and posted 26 strikeouts in 24.0 innings of action, before shutting his arm down in mid-July.
- Connor Thomas, Lexington County Blowfish - Made seven starts on the mound and appeared in eight games overall for the Blowfish. The lefty went 2-3 with a 5.87 ERA and struck out 50 batters in 38.1 innings of work.
- Austin Wilhite, Lexington County Blowfish - Made his debut in early July for the Blowfish. Hitting .293 (17-for-60) with a triple, four doubles, 10 walks, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored in 19 games played. On July 3, he made the Sportscenter Top 10 with this play (click here).
Florida Collegiate Summer League
- Paxton Rigby, Altamonte Springs Scorpions - Played in 32 games on the summer where he hit .187 (14-for-75) with two doubles, 21 walks, 12 RBIs and six runs scored.
- Andy Archer, Green Bay Bullfrogs - Has appeared in four games this summer, making three starts on the mound for the Bullfrogs. He is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and has struck out 11 batters in 15.0 innings of work.
- Garrett Gooden, Green Bay Bullfrogs - After pitching in three games out of the bullpen with the Lexington Blowfish, posting a 2.45 ERA and three strikeouts over 3.2 innings of relief work, he has moved on to play for the Bullfrogs. He has appeared in four games with two starts for Green Bay. Gooden is 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA, while striking out nine batters over 13.2 innings of work for the Northwoods League team.
Sunbelt Baseball League
- Xzavion Curry, Brookhaven Bucks - Hit .226 (19-for-84) in 25 games with two home runs, one double, 11 walks, six RBIs and 10 runs scored on the summer. He struck out one over a scoreless inning on the mound for the Bucks. Was named to the Sunbelt Baseball League East All-Star team.
- Jonathan Hughes, Brookhaven Bucks - Made seven starts on the mound for the Bucks. He went 3-4 with a 6.51 ERA and registered 20 strikeouts in 29.0 innings of action.
- Kyle McCann, Norcross Astros - Played in 16 games for the Harrisonburg Turks before moving to the Norcross Astros in July. For the Astros, he hit .241 (7-for-29) with a home run, two doubles, four walks and three RBIs over nine games.
- Brenton Sanders, Purcellville Cannons - After 11 games with Harrisonburg Turks, he moved to the Purcellville Cannons where he hit .205 (8-for-39) with a double, five RBIs and four runs scored.
Sunbelt Baseball League
- Jake Brace, Brookhaven Bucks - He made seven starts on the summer, including one complete game. He lead the team with 42.1 innings pitched and went 3-3 with a 1.70 ERA on the summer, striking out 31 batters along the way. Was named to the Sunbelt Baseball League East All-Star team.
- Cameron Turley, Brookhaven Bucks - He played in 19 games, going 10-for-51 (.196) with five runs scored and five RBIs at the plate on the summer.