BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - Newberry College rising junior Josh McElwee struck out nine batters in seven-plus innings Monday night to help lead the Battle Creek Bombers to a 7-5 win over the Green Bay Bullfrogs in Northwoods League action.
McElwee (Andrews, S.C.) evens his record at 2-2 overall with his second straight win. He now has 44 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched this summer, tying him for second-most in the Northwoods League. On Monday, he gave up five earned runs on nine hits in seven-plus innings, striking out nine and walking only one. With Monday's win, the Bombers now have a 19-11 record and are 2.5 games behind the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League South Division.
McElwee Stats --- Battle Creek Bombers --- Northwoods League
Since our last update, signee and junior college transfer Sanchez Gartman and the New Market Rebels have gone 2-2. On Friday, Gartman went 2-for-5 with a solo homerun and a walk in New Market's 15-5 win over the Rockbridge Rapids. On Sunday, Gartman pinch hit with the bases loaded and the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Woodstock River Bandits. He drew a walk to bring home the deciding run in the Rebels' 6-5 win. The two teams met in a rematch last night, and Gartman went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in New Market's 9-4 loss. New Market is now 9-11 overall and is fourth in the Valley Baseball League's Central Division.
New Market Rebels --- Valley Baseball League
Chris Roman (Kissimmee, Fla.) had his most productive outing of the summer for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs last night in a 7-4 loss to the DeLand Suns. Roman allowed one unearned run in two innings pitched, striking out four and walking four, but allowing no hits. As he returns to form after an early injury, Roman brought his ERA down from 36.00 to 12.00 last night. That number will surely improve with more innings on the mound as Chris continues to rehabilitate from injury.
Winter Park Diamond Dawgs --- Florida Collegiate Summer League
Our summer updates will continue tomorrow, as we wrap up June's minor league action.