BATTLE CREEK, Mich.; NEW MARKET, Va.; and WINTER PARK, Fla. - The three Newberry College baseball players participating in summer wood bat league continued their development over the last week as their respective leagues work around their all-star breaks.
Josh McElwee is now fourth in the Northwoods League in strikeouts with 55 after a shaky outing Sunday night. The rising junior from Andrews, S.C., gave up four earned runs on three hits and seven walks in 2.2 innings pitched, but was not tagged with a loss as his Battle Creek Bombers defeated the Alexandria Beetles, 7-5. At the NWL's all-star break, McElwee has a 3-3 record with a 4.42 ERA in 12 appearances. He has struck out 55 batters in 55 innings.
At the break, the Bombers are in fourth place in the very tight South Division, earning an 8-8 record so far in the second half, just two games behind the La Crosse Loggers and Madison Mallards. The All-Star Game is tonight in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and all teams will have the night off tomorrow. Battle Creek begins a six-game homestand Thursday with two games against the Waterloo Bucks, followed by two games against the Eau Claire Express. At our next update, the Bombers will be in the middle of a two-game set against the Madison Mallards.
McElwee Stats --- Battle Creek Bombers --- Northwoods League
The Valley Baseball League had its all-star break last week, and USC Sumter transfer Sanchez Gartman (Newberry, S.C.) has had three RBIs in the three games since for the New Market Rebels. The Rebels have gone on a three-game winning streak out of the break, with all of the games on the road. On Thursday, Gartman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double in the Rebels' 12-7 win over the Luray Wranglers. After sitting out Saturday's 4-1 win over the Harrisonburg Turks, Gartman went 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 6-0 shutout of the Fauquier Gators.
Gartman is now batting .310 with 31 hits in 100 at bats with 25 RBIs and a .610 slugging percentage, which is second in the league. He leads the Rebels with seven homeruns, which ties him for fourth in the league, and also has seven doubles and a triple. His OPS (on-base plus slugging) percentage is an outstanding 1.044.
New Market now has an 18-15 record after a slow start, and is half a game behind Luray in the standings after last night's game with Fort Royal was postponed due to rain. Fort Royal currently leads the game, 5-4. The Rebels have a busy schedule, with games every night until the season finale on July 30. New Market has four straight home games, starting with tonight's game against Harrisonburg. The Rebels host Luray on Wednesday, Winchester on Thursday and wrap up the homestand against Harrisonburg on Friday. The stretch before our next update ends with three straight road games - at Luray on Saturday, at Harrisonburg on Sunday and at Woodstock on Monday.
New Market Rebels --- Valley Baseball League
Chris Roman (Kissimmee, Fla.) did not pitch in the last week for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League, according to the latest box scores reported to the league. Winter Park closes its season next Monday, playing seven games in that span. The Diamond Dawgs close out their home schedule against Clermont tonight, and play a doubleheader at Leesburg Thursday. Winter Park finishes the schedule at Clermont on Friday, at Sanford on Saturday, at DeLand on Sunday and at Clermont again on Monday.
Winter Park Diamond Dawgs --- Florida Collegiate Summer League