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Husker Baseball: Weekly Summer League Report

We’re tracking how Big Red baseballers are faring across North America during the summer to get an idea of what they’ll bring to Darin Erstad’s team next season. How did week four of Husker Baseball’s summer league journey go?

Coastal Plains League

Jake Placzek added two hits and three walks on July 8 in his best performance of the week. He went hitless over 11 at-bats in four other contests. He did reach base, though. Plazcek added to his immense walk total to the tune of 11 bases on balls over the five games to bring the season total to 40.

Plazcek’s teammate Josh Roeder earned his first decision of the summer this past week, but unfortunately it was on the losing side when he pitched 1.2 innings surrendering four hits and two earned runs.

Roeder was able to notch saves seven and eight this week in his two other appearances. His season ERA is sitting at 2.57 over 14 innings pitched.

Joining the Edenton Steamers and the aforementioned Placzek and Roder is Blake Headley. The first baseman drew a walk and struck out twice in his only game with the team.

Western Major Baseball League

The reserve catcher for the Big Red, Taylor Fish continues to spend his summer in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada and is hitting at a fine .295 clip on the season. This week was tough on young Mr. Fish with only two hits in ten at-bats.

Those came on July 12 when he was able to turn one of them into an RBI.

California Collegiate League

Kyle Kubat, new to the weekly summer league report, pitched one inning for the Santa Barbara Foresters.

He gave up a hit and struck out two resulting in a 0.00 ERA. He has one win and an ERA of 4.91 through three appearances (11.0 innings of work) on the year.

New England Collegiate Baseball League

Pitcher Max Knutson started his fifth game of the season for the Danbury Westerners and earned his second win. Scattering eight hits over seven innings of work, Knutson gave up just two runs in the Westerners’ 7-2 victory. He now has a pair of wins and losses with an 1.96 ERA.

Laconia Muskrats first baseman Ben Miller’s average dipped a bit this week with only two hits in ten at-bats, but Miller was able to knock in a run and score one himself. For the season, Miller has 14 hits, a home run, eight RBIs and a .233 batting average.

Northwoods League

All-American Ryan Boldt was hot at the dish this week, hitting in four of his Rochester Honkers’ five games. The highlight of the week came July 9 when Boldt went three-for-five including a double to plate a run.

His season average is sitting pretty at .315. It appears he isn’t cooling off from the 2014 season.

Austin Christensen had a busy week for the Duluth Huskies. At the plate, he collected five hits in 22 at-bats causing his season average to sit at .247.

On the bump, Christensen took the loss after 4.1 innings of work on July 11. Seven hits and seven runs were too much for him to overcome and pushed his ERA to 6.31.

Texas Collegiate League

Pitcher Jeff Chesnut was dominant in three different appearances. Five total innings of work netted him his second win of the season along with his fifth and six saves resulting in a 0.00 ERA.

He only gave up one hit in those five innings and notched four strikeouts, walking only two.

West Coast League

Starting catcher Tanner Lubach is on a four-game hit streak after collecting four hits in his three games this week. He was also able to push across four RBIs and walk four times. His season average is sky-high at .389 with 10 total RBIs.

Lubach’s teammate Christian Cox spent time pitching and hitting again this week for his Medford, Oregon-based team. On the mound, Cox pitched 6.0 innings giving up six hits and two runs. While batting, he hit seven times in 20 attempts.

Perhaps his best game came on July 7 when he went three-for five-with a double and a fantastic five RBIs.

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