The Tim Best Summer Ball Update: July 14Date: July 14, 2017
The dog days of summer are quickly approaching, but Seton Hall’s “boys of summer” have been busy showcasing their talents in summer leagues across the country.
Now that the MLB’s All-Star break is officially over, here is an update on how their all-star chances in their respective leagues are shaping out:
Shortstop Al Molina looks to be a lock for the NECBL All-Star Game. Entering Friday, he is hitting .323 with 5 homers and 19 runs batted in. On July 5, Molina had his best game of the summer, hitting a home run and driving in six runs in a 15-3 blowout win over the Winnipesaukee Muskrats.
Also in that game, rising sophomore Connor Hood had three hits in five at-bats and also drove in a run.
Over the past week, Ryan Ramiz has hit a pair of solo homers for the Mystic Schooners, although they lost both games. Ramiz is now hitting .279 with the two home runs to go along with six runs batted in.
To round out the best from the NECBL, Ricky Devito threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts for the Vermont Mountaineers in a 6-1 loss to the Keene Swamp Bats on Wednesday. The Staten Island native has a 4.21 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched.
In the ACBL, Tyler Shedler-McAvoy has gotten hot after a mid-season slump for the North Jersey Eagles. In a doubleheader on July 8 against the Ocean Gulls, the rising sophomore hit a home run and drove in eight runs, six of which came in the first game. In those two games, he tallied six hits in 11 at-bats. To add on, he has driven in a run in each of his last three games. Shedler-McAvoy is now hitting .330 with two homers and 22 RBIs in just 23 games entering Friday, and is looking to potentially be a starter in the league’s all-star game.
Rob Dadona is currently in the middle of a five-game hit streak for the Staten Island Tide, driving in three runs and raising his batting average to .301 during this span.
That’s all for this week’s roundup. As the summer heats up, so will the action on the diamond, so make sure to check back here for next week’s update.