Several Wolves to feature in summer leagues
Thursday, May 24, 2012

A total of eight people associated with the Newberry College Wolves' baseball team will showcase their talents in summer collegiate baseball clubs across the nation. Here's a recap of the personnel involved. will keep up with their progress throughout the summer.

Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) will play for the Allentown (Pa.) Railers in the Wolff Division of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The Railers begin their season on Friday, June 1, with a home doubleheader against the Jersey Pilots to kick off a 40-game season. [Allentown Railers] Baur has played in one season for the Wolves, finishing his redshirt freshman campaign of 2012 with a .269 average and a team-high 37 RBIs playing at the corner infield spots. He had two homeruns (at Armstrong and at Erskine) on back-to-back days and an on-base percentage of .323.

Also playing in a highly prominent league across the nation is starting pitcher Alex Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), who will play for the first-year St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox of the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League plays a 70-game summer season, with the Rox starting on Wednesday, May 30 at Duluth. [St. Cloud Rox] In his freshman season, Roberts pitched in 12 games, starting in 10 with two complete games. He had a 3-3 record with a 4.84 ERA in 57.2 innings pitched, finishing third on the team with 34 strikeouts.

One of Roberts' opponents in the Northwoods League will be the Alexandria (Minn.) Beetles, who will be managed this year by Newberry assistant coach Drew Saberhagen. The Rox and Beetles face off nine times this summer, with the first matchup on Wednesday, June 6, in St. Cloud. [Alexandria Beetles] Saberhagen recently completed his first season on the Newberry staff and has been a member of the Beetles' bench staff in two previous seasons. Drew is the son of 1985 and 1989 AL Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Alexandria's game on June 1 and at St. Cloud's home opener on June 2.

Three Wolves will head to New England, where they will play in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, with two playing for the Brockton (Mass.) Rox and one playing for the Pittsfield (Mass.) Suns. FCBL teams play a 54-game summer schedule. Both Brockton and Pittsfield are in their first season as collegiate teams, as the teams were previously in the independent professional Can-Am League before converting to collegiate summer teams for 2012.

Evan Brown (Columbia, S.C.) and Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) will play for the Brockton Rox. [Brockton Rox] Brockton begins its season at home on Friday, June 8, against the Martha's Vineyard Sharks. Brown appeared in 18 games for the Wolves in 2012 with a record of 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. Rosenberger appeared in 16 games as a freshman with four starts, compiling a 1-4 record with a 5.36 ERA and 34 strikeouts, holding opposing hitters to a .256 average.

Tyler Sturkie (West Columbia, S.C.) will play for Pittsfield, which opens its season at home on Thursday, June 7, against the Nashua Silver Knights. [Pittsfield Suns] Sturkie was a 2011 all-South Atlantic Conference relief pitcher and tied for second in the league in 2012 with seven saves. He led the Wolves with a 2.92 ERA in 14 appearances, pitching 12.1 innings.

The Newberry trio have a chance of facing off against each other six times this season, with the first coming on Sunday, June 24, in Brockton.

Closer to home, Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) will play on a temporary contract for the Columbia Blowfish of the Coastal Plain League. The Blowfish are a local fixture and play their games at Capital City Stadium on Assembly Street, starting their season on Tuesday, May 29, with the first home game the next night. [Columbia Blowfish] In his redshirt freshman season, Kirby was fifth on the team with a .294 average in 39 games with 30 starts. He scored 15 runs and had an on-base percentage of .328 with 11 stolen bases. He had a perfect fielding percentage with two outfield assists.

Rounding out Newberry's summer contingent will be pitcher Taylor Cook (Charlotte, N.C.), who played for the junior varsity in 2012. He will play for the Pineville (N.C.) Pioneers, who are the defending champions of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League [Pineville Pioneers] Pineville plays a 42-game schedule beginning on Tuesday, June 5, with a home game against the Ballantyne Smokies.