SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Nine Sacramento State baseball players competed in wood bat leagues over the summer and came away with some impressive team and individual accolades.
First baseman Vinny Esposito helped the Bethesda Big Train win the Cal Ripken League championship with a 28-12 record. He hit .321 and led the team with seven home runs and 38 RBIs. He also had a team high 14 doubles and 29 walks with a .571 slugging percentage. Esposito was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship series after hitting .550 with two home runs, seven RBIs and scoring seven times in five games.
Three Hornets led the Humboldt Crabs to a 35-15 record and a victory in the Humboldt Invitational. James Outman led the team in nearly every offensive category, hitting .372 with 4 home runs, 39 RBIs, and 49 runs (all team highs). He had a .473 on base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage.
The Humboldt pitching staff was anchored by a pair of Hornets. Ryan Smith went 2-0 with a 0.70 ERA, allowing only two earned runs in 25.2 innings pitched. He had a 29/7 strikeout to walk ratio and a .180 opposing batting average without allowing a single extra base hit.
Austin Ragsdale also was 2-0 and had a save for the Crabs. He posted a 1.78 ERA with 23 strikeouts and only three walks in 25.1 innings pitched. He tied for the team lead with 18 pitching appearances and had a .194 opposing batting average.
Up north in British Columbia, PJ Floyd and Matt Smith helped lead the Victoria HarbourCats to a league record 40 wins with a 19-game winning streak. Smith played in just 21 games but hit .284 with 8 RBIs and 9 runs. He also stole four bases.
Floyd was named to the all-West Coast League second team as a utility player. He hit .318 with two home runs, 15 RBIs and 31 runs scored. He added seven stolen bases while playing six different positions defensively.
Locally, Blake Edmonson played with the Sacramento Heat and hit .295 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. He stole six bases and scored 14 runs while also pitching in four games and earning a win.
Dan Deely competed for the Liberal Bee Jays in Kansas and hit .257 in 12 games with a pair of doubles, six walks, and two steals. In Alaska, Kody Reynolds played with the Anchorage Bucs and hit .232 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 40 games.