SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State baseball players are playing throughout the country and even into Canada in a variety of collegiate leagues this summer. Nine Hornets are playing in seven different leagues in June and July with some of the top collegiate talent in the country.
"I believe summer baseball is an integral part of the development process for our players, especially for our position players," Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christensen said. "It allows them to get more at bats and to become more comfortable. It is exciting to see our guys have success thus far and contribute to their summer teams success. I believe the 2014 season is going to be a special one for the Hornets and I am excited about getting our players back on campus in September. "
Two pairs of Hornet teammates are playing together with two different teams this summer. Outfielder Kyle Moses and first baseman Clay Cederquist are teammates with the Humboldt Crabs in Arcata, Calif. and have led their team to an 18-4 record and second place in the Far West League thus far. Moses leads the team with a .390 average, 10 steals, and 26 runs while Cederquist is hitting .267 with nine RBI.
Also together are catcher Dane Fujinaka and outfielder Nathan Lukes who are both starters for the Chillicothe Mudcats in Missouri, with Fujinaka hitting .278 and Lukes hitting .288 with a team-high 17 runs.
First baseman Rhys Hoskins is playing with the Falmouth Commodores in the prestigious Cape Cod League and has been superb thus far, hitting .292 with a team-best 3 home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs. Outfielder David Del Grande is hitting .364 with six stolen bases with the first-place Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League while freshman All-American Chris Lewis leads the Victoria Harbourcats in British Colombia, Canada with 14 RBI.
The only Hornet pitcher in action this summer is Alex Fitchett, who is in California with the Marysville Gold Sox and has not allowed a run in 10.1 innings pitched with a 1-0 record, a .091 opponent batting average, and 19 strikeouts. Infielder Scott Loper rounds out the summer players and has driven in two runs with a .192 average with the Dodge City A's in the Jayhawk League.
For more on each player and team links see below:
Kyle Moses and Clay Cederquist
Team/Location: Humboldt Crabs - Arcata, Calif.
Record/League: 18-4, second place in the Far West League
Stats: Moses leads team with .390 average, 10 steals, and 26 runs
Cederquist hitting .267 with 9 rbi and 14 runs
Video: Moses Named KVIE Athlete of the Week
Dane Fujinaka and Nathan Lukes
Team/Location: Chillicothe Mudcats in Chillicothe, Mo.
Record/League: 14-11, third place in the MINK League North Division
Stats: Fujinaka hitting .278 as every day catcher, 4 RBI, 4 runs
Lukes hitting .288 as outfield starter, leads the team with 17 runs with 6 rbi
Team/Location: Falmouth Commodores - Falmouth, Mass.
Record/League: 7-5 in the Cape Cod League Western Division
Stats: Hitting .292, leads team with 3 home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs
David Del Grande
Team/Location: Bethesda Big Train – Bethesda, Md.
Record/League: 12-4, first place in Cal Ripken Collegiate League
Stats: Leading the team and 4th in the league hitting .364, leads team with 20 hits, 14 runs, and 6 stolen bases.
Team/Location: Victoria Harbourcats - Victoria, BC, Canada
Record/League: 10-4, first place in West Coast League North Division
Stats: Hitting .250, leads the team with 14 RBI
Team/Location: Marysville Gold Sox - Marysville, Calif.
Record/League: 15-6, second place in the Horizon Air League Don McCullough Division
Stats: 10.1 innings pitched, 1-0, 0 ER, .091 opponent avg., 19 k
Team/Location: Dodge City A's - Dodge City, Kan.
Record/League: 5-10 in the Jayhawk League
Stats: Hitting .192 with 2 RBI