College baseball is a full-time gig. Just ask the 17 Knights who are on the road across the nation improving their game in a multitude of collegiate summer leagues.
After the season ended June 4, there was no rest for those Knights participating in summer leagues as they headed off to their destinations shortly after returning from Coral Gables. In case you missed the story on where the Knights are this summer, no worries, just follow the link: Heading out for Summer Ball
Several Knights have made quite the impression in their respective summer leagues, including rising senior Jeramy Matos and sophomores Harrison Hukari and James Vasquez who earned player of the week awards.
Matos tore the cover off the ball for the Mystic Schooners in late June and was named New England Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week June 23. The third basemen hit .412 during the seven-day stretch, smashing five homers and driving in eight runs. Matos closed the week on a four-game hitting streak, including homers in three of those contests. He currently leads his squad with six bombs and 12 RBI in 16 games.
Hukari, a 6-foot-6 LHP, nabbed Florida Collegiate Summer League Player of the Week honors earlier this month after he pitched five scoreless frames up the road from campus for the Sanford River Rats. He surrendered just two hits and fanned five batters.
Perhaps the hottest player during the dog days of summer has been OF/1B James Vasquez. With one year of collegiate ball under his belt, Vasquez has made a name for himself in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League with the Herndon Braves.
On June 27, the sweet-swinging lefty earned player of the week honors after he hit in all six of his team's games that week and collected multiple hits in five of them, including a five-hit effort against the DC Grays on June 23. Vasquez started the week amidst a streak of homering in four straight games, an (unverified) League record. He finished the week with three home runs, three doubles and 15 total hits in 24 at-bats (.625).
Into the Numbers
To follow the Knights more closely as they play away from home, stats from each team have been attached.
Mystic Schooners Stats (Jeramy Matos, Spencer Haynes)
Waynesboro Generals Stats (Austin Johnston, JoMarcos Woods, Ryan Breen, Gregg Cooke)
Luray Wranglers Stats (Nick Carrillo)
Mat-Su Miners Stats (Chris Taladay, Jimmy Reed)
Harwich Mariners Stats (Garrett Nuss, Eric Skoglund)
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Stats (Ben Lively)
Bourne Braves Stats (Chris Matulis)
Sanford River Rats Stats (Harrison Hukari, Tommy Williams)
Youse's Orioles Stats (Erik Barber)
Herndon Braves Stats (James Vasquez)
Martinsville Mustangs Stats (Dale Irving)