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Nebraska Baseball: Trio Of Huskers In Northwoods' Top 200

It’s been a busy summer for several Nebraska baseball players as they tripped out to various leagues in an effort to keep their skills sharp.

For three Huskers, their hard work has paid off in the form of being named to the 2014 Northwoods League Top 200 list. 

It’ll come as no surprise that outfielder Ryan Boldt, who teamed up with the Rochester Honkers, was among them and he had quite the eventful trip on his way to the No. 22 spot.

According to the Northwood League’s release, he only stepped to the plate 111 times due to a tryout for TEAM USA.

Despite his absence, get this, he shined. He finished the season with a .333 batting average and 20 walks to 19 strikeouts.

The release quoted one manager saying of Boldt,

“He probably has the best tools despite not getting a lot of at bats. He has speed, power to all gaps, balance at the plate and his ability to steal bases.”

Speaking of stealing bases, he pickpocketed 14 in a mere 28 games giving him an on-base percentage north of .450.

Outfielder Austin Darby checked in at No. 88 after spending some time in Duluth, MN.

He arrived midway through July and played 22 games, scoring and driving in 14 runs. “He’s a seasoned hitter,” one coach said of the 6-3 outfielder. “He can hit to all fields and showed gap power.”

Finally, right-handed pitcher Derek Burkamper captured the No. 165 spot.

Three solid stretches under the summer sun clearly did these boys good. Hopefully they can back up the praise they were given and live up to their billing once the season rolls around.

Have a look at the entire list here.

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