#STINGDAILY: Summer League Update

Aug 19, 2013

By Jon Cooper
Sting Daily

As school gets back in session, Georgia Tech Baseball can look back on another very successful summer around the nation’s summer leagues. A pair of Yellow Jackets went deep into the playoffs.

Here’s a final look at the playoff runs of pitcher Josh Heddinger and infielder Matt Gonzalez as well as the final numerical totals for all the Jackets during summer league action.

Coastal Plain League
Josh Heddinger, Peninsula Pilots – The sophomore right-hander played a big part in Peninsula capturing the CPL Petitt Cup. After sitting during the three-game East Division Championship series over Edenton, which took place between starts, Heddinger set the Pilots on course toward victory in Game One of the Championship round against Columbia, a 5-4, 10-inning victory. He navigated easily through 5 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run and five hits, striking out six and walking three and left with a 3-1 lead. The lead would grow to 4-1, before a three-run rally in the eighth tied the game and denied Heddinger the win. Peninsula would win in 10 innings. In two postseason starts, Heddinger allowed three runs (two earned) in 12.0 innings, striking out 10 while walking four and held opposing hitters to a .227 batting average.

Peninsula wrapped up the series with a 2-1, eight-inning victory in Game Two, two days later, on Aug. 17.

Cape Cod LeagueMatt Gonzalez, Bourne Braves – Gonzalez helped Bourne get to the Western Division Championship but the Braves lost in two straight to the Cotuit Kettleers. After not playing in the first game, Gonzalez DH’ed and went 2-for-4 with the season on the line, including a two-run single in the top of the sixth that snapped a 1-1 tie. But the Braves would not hold the lead and Gonzalez later struck out with the go-ahead run at third in the eighth and the score tied 3-3. He was in the hole when the season ended.

In Game One of the semifinals, Bourne was on the short end of a 9-2 loss, as Cotuit scored five runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back. The Braves stranded runners in scoring position in four of the first six innings. In the second game, Bourne had one-run and two-run leads but couldn’t hold either, allowing the Kettleers to tie the game in the ensuing half-inning. After failing to score with second and third and none out in the top of the eighth, Cotuit pushed across a run in the bottom half then closed the game out to get to the championship round, which they would eventually win, knocking off Orleans.

Pitching Totals

Player ERA W-L APP GS SV IP H R ER BB SO HR B/Avg
Sam Clay (Norwoods league)
Regular Season 2.07 3-1 13 3 0 34.2 14 12 8 38 37 1 .124
Alex Cruz (New England Collegiate League)
Regular Season 19.28 0-1 1 1 0 2.1 3 6 5 4 4 0 .500
Josh Heddinger (Coastal Plain League)
Regular Season 3.19 3-1 11 4 3 36.2 31 20 13 15 34 4 .223
Postseason 1.50 0-0 2 2 0 12.0 10 3 2 4 10 1 .227
Jared Jillson (Coastal Plain League)
Regular Season 1.80 1-0 4 0 0 5.0 4 1 1 0 2 0 .222
Jonathan King (Coastal Plain League)
Regular Season 4.50 2-1 4 3 0 12.0 9 6 6 10 14 0 .214
Kyle Leach (Hamptons Collegiate League)
Regular Season 1.97 2-0 13 0 4 13.2 17 3 3 5 13 0 .298
Postseason 0.00 0-1 3 0 0 2.2 0 1 0 2 3 0 .000
Devin Stanton (Alaska League) 3.22 1-3 14 2 2 30.2 29 17 11 14 29 2 .261
Regular Season 3.22 1-3 14 2 2 30.2 29 17 11 14 29 2 .261
Postseason 0.00 0-1 3 0 0 2.2 0 1 0 2 3 0 .000
Joe Wiseman (Coastal Plain League)
Regular Season 11.25 0-1 5 0 0 4.0 4 6 5 5 2 0 .286

Hitting Totals

Player AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SB CS SLG OBP E
Alex Cruz (New England Collegiate League)
Regular Season .295 32 112 13 33 3 0 4 19 9 1 32 2 0 .381 .404 7
Dylan Dore (Sunbelt League)
Regular Season .318 7 22 3 7 1 0 0 2 0 1 3 2 0 .364 .333 0
Mitch Earnest (Sunbelt League)
Regular Season .195 14 41 3 8 1 0 0 4 2 3 10 1 1 .220 .277 0
Greg Feinberg (South Florida Collegiate)
Regular Season .176 8 17 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 0 0 .176 .263 2
Matt Gonzalez (Cape Cod)
Regular Season .224 26 85 4 19 5 0 0 6 2 17 0 1 1 .282 .250 7
Postseason .286 2 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 1 .286 .375 0
Cole Miller (Hamptons Collegiate League)
Regular Season .284 30 102 17 29 5 0 5 19 15 1 30 0 1 .406 .356 3
Postseason .500 3 10 0 5 4 0 0 4 2 1 2 0 0 .900 .605 1
A.J. Murray (Cape Cod)
Regular Season .130 8 17 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 11 0 0 .217 .231 0
Thomas Smith (Valley League)
Regular Season .341 39 132 23 45 10 2 2 23 22 1 15 4 0 .492 .428 2
Postseason .125 2 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .222 0
Daniel Spingola (New England Collegiate)
Regular Season .325 40 157 21 51 9 2 2 13 12 2 26 17 4 .446 .380 3
Postseason .286 7 28 3 8 2 0 0 4 2 0 7 1 0 .357 .333 0
Grant Wruble (Florida League)
Regular Season .267 26 90 7 24 2 0 0 10 5 2 17 0 0 .289 .320 3
Postseason .250 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .250 .400 0
Will Young (Cal Ripken League)
Regular Season .264 38 140 14 37 5 1 0 13 10 3 23 8 1 .341 .401 11

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