Baseball Summer Notebook

Baseball Summer Notebook
Michael Fries (left) and Austin Miller

Bulldogs Help North Fork Capture HCBL Title
    Butler players Austin Miller and Michael Fries were part of a most improbable title run in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League this summer.  In the period of about a month, the two helped the North Fork Ospreys from last place in the league standings to the HCBL championship!

Miller wound up delivering the biggest blow in the Ospreys' championship game against the Center Moriches Battlecats.  The Butler infielder lined a two-out double down the left field line to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Ospreys held on for a 2-1 victory and the HCBL title.  Miller wound up with a pair of hits in four trips to the plate in the victory, while Fries was one for three in the game.

The Ospreys won just two of their first 10 games and stood 10-16 on July 6.  They won 12 of their final 14 games to claim the third seed in the league playoffs and then advanced to the championship game with a victory over Westhampton in the semifinals.

Butler Recruit Shines In California League
    Butler recruit Peter Nyznyk helped the Alameda Merchants to a 30-13 season and a championship in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League.  The left-handed pitcher completed the summer season with a 3-0 record, while posting a 2.40 earned run average.

Nyznyk, who attended Los Medanos Community College, had 36 strikeouts and just 14 walks for the GSCBL champs.  He was named league "Pitcher of the Week" on July 8 after tossing a complete-game shutout, 3-0, against the Auburn Wildcats.

The incoming Butler pitcher was a two-time all-conference performer at Los Medanos, where he won 14 games over two seasons.

Four Butler Players Reach Midwest Collegiate League Finals
    The Northwest Indiana Oilmen completed their 2013 summer season in the championship finals of the Midwest Collegiate League.  The team's run to the league championship series was fueled in part by the solid play of four Butler players.

Infielder Nick Saldutti, outfielder Nick Bartolone, catcher Chris Marras and pitcher Danny Pobereyko each contributed to the successful season by the Oilmen.  Bartolone led the team in hitting during the regular season with a .361 average, and he finished with a team-high 37 runs batted in.  Marras batted .400 in the playoffs, while Saldutti had three RBIs in three playoff games.  Pobereyko pitched in 16 regular season games and had a 2.25 earned run average.

The Oilmen, who captured the 2012 MCL crown, dropped the championship finals to the Southland Vikings.

Kyle Allen Sparks Waynesboro In Playoffs
    Butler's Kyle Allen limited the Strasburg Express to a single run on five hits in five-and-a-third innings to help lift the Waynesboro Generals to a 5-1 win in the second game of the three-game Valley League Championship Series.  The Generals went on to win the final game of the series and capture their first James W. Lineweaver Cup since 2007.

Allen, who picked up his second win in the VBL playoffs, struck out four and walked two in his start against the Express.  He left the game with a 2-1 lead.

This past spring, Allen was 3-1 with the Bulldogs with a 3.44 earned run average in 49.2 innings.

Butler Assistant Coach Cited
    Butler assistant coach Paul Panik was cited in a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch for his role in the baseball development of his younger brother, Joe Panik.  The younger Panik got his start in the sport playing with his older brother, and now he's considered a top prospect of the San Francisco Giants.

Read the full article here.