Aug. 17, 2016
THE FLATS – A total of fourteen current Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets recently wrapped up play this summer in over six different collegiate summer baseball leagues. Take a look below at how they played this summer.
Cape Cod Baseball League
Joey Bart – Tech’s rising sophomore catcher carried over his strong play from the spring season into the summer, recording 30 hits in 30 games to help lead Wareham to a playoff berth. Overall, Bart hit .309 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, 21 RBIs and 13 runs scored over the regular season slate. He also went 1-for-2 with an RBI single for the West in the 2016 CCBL All-Star Game and finished his summer out on a high note hitting .375 with three doubles and two runs scored in the Gatemen’s two playoff games in early August.
Kel Johnson – Highlighted by a 3-for-5 night with two doubles against the eventual Cape Code Baseball League Champions Yarmouth-Dennis on July 29, Johnson played in 24 games over the summer for the Whitecaps. Posting a five-game hitting streak midway through the season, Johnson hit .234 with two doubles, one home run, 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored on the summer.
Coastal Plain League
Morehead City Marlins
Jared Datoc – The right-handed pitcher made 12 appearances out of the bullpen for the Marlins and led the team with six saves. In 15.2 innings pitched, Datoc went 2-2 overall along with those six saves and registered a 2.30 ERA. He tallied 23 strikeouts on the season, held the opponents to a .213 batting average against him and recorded a WHIP of 1.12 for the summer.
Robert Winborne – Also seeing time on the bump for the Marlins’ this summer was rising Tech sophomore Robert Winborne. The infielder and pitcher went 1-0 on the season with an era of 5.52. He made six appearances, including three starts for the Marlins, recording 17 strikeouts and a posting a WHIP of 1.24 over 29.1 innings pitched.
Lexington County Blowfish
Keyton Gibson – A rising sophomore hurler that appeared in 20 games last season as a freshman for Tech will look to grow from a tough summer that ended earlier than expected. The right-hander went 0-3 in seven appearances for the Blowfish, posting an ERA of 7.31 on the season. He did strike out 20 hitters over a total of 28.1 innings pitched.
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Keene Swamp Bats
Brandt Stallings – The Tech outfielder played in 27 games overall for the Swamp Bats, which included an eight game hitting streak midway through the season. Overall, Stallings hit .240 with 25 hits and seven base-on-balls. He totaled nine doubles, one triple and four home runs, while driving in 18 RBIs. He finished with 10 runs scored and three stolen bases for the summer.
St. Cloud Rox
Burton Dulaney – The rising sophomore pitcher, who pitched in 20 games last year for the Yellow Jackets, had a short summer season in which he pitched in two games on June 12 and 17. In his two appearances for the St. Cloud Rox, who are in the second round of the playoffs, Dulaney had three strikeouts and allowed only one hit over 4.0 innings of shutout work.
Sunbelt Baseball League
Will Galloway – The Tech catcher and first basemen got some quality at bats this summer for the Marietta Patriots in the Sunbelt Baseball League. Highlighted by a 2-for-3 performance at the plate against the Phenix City Crawdads on July 16, Galloway hit .147 with a double, six walks and three RBIs in 13 games. He also drove in five runs and picked up one stolen base before shutting it down in mid-July.
Bailey Combs – Following an impressive freshman season last year for Tech, in which he posted an ERA of 0.64 over 11 appearances, the rising sophomore went 3-2 in six starts for the Patriots. After dropping his first two starts and then picking up a no decision in his third start, Combs ran off three straight wins in which he allowed just three runs over 14 innings of work. He ended his summer with a 3.49 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, one shutout and 31 strikeouts over 28.1 innings pitched.
Coleman Poje – The Georgia Tech outfielder split time this summer at first base and in the outfield for the Brookhaven Bucks after suiting up for the Yellow Jackets last season. He started the summer off going 9-of-21 for an average of .429 over his first six games, in which he hit safely in all six contests. Over his last two games, he went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs to bump his batting average up to .232 for the summer. Overall, the transfer from Air Force hit .232 with 16 total hits, three doubles, six home runs, 13 walks, 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored in 21 games for the Bucks. He also went 1-for-5 in two games at the 2016 SE Prospect Showcase event for the Sunbelt League.
Jackson Webb – After redshirting the 2016 season for Tech, the infielder led his Norcross Astros team in hitting with an average of .390 overall. Webb, who played in 13 games for the Astros, totaled 17 hits, one double, one home run, seven walks, six RBIs, five runs and five stolen bases on the year. He recorded a seven-game hitting streak over the summer and had four multi-hit games highlighted by a three hit night, which included a home run, versus the Phenix City Crawdads on July 11. Webb also went 1-for-4 in two games for the Sunbelt League at the SE Prospect Showcase on July 17.
Valley Baseball League
Trevor Craport – One of three Tech players in the Valley Baseball League, Craport was third on his team in hitting with 38 hits and an average of .319 for the season. Seeing time in the infield for most of the summer, the Yellow Jacket utility player played in 32 games. Of his 38 hits, seven were doubles and four were triples, while he also drove in 28 RBIs and scored 20 runs overall. He picked up 12 walks compared to only 10 strikeouts over a total of 119 at bats and also even pitched a scoreless inning for the Turks.
Jake Lee – One of two Yellow Jacket pitchers on the Turks summer squad this year, Lee went 2-0 and posted one save in five appearances on the mound. Seeing action in three games, making two starts, the rising sophomore hurler struck out eight batters, recorded an ERA of 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.17 over 12 innings pitched.
Patrick Wiseman – Playing in eight games for the Turks this summer was Wiseman, who made one start and seven relief appearances. The righty went 0-2 with one save on the season and struck out 11 batters in only 16 innings of work. At the plate, the rising junior total 16 at bats, picking up one double and one sac bunt on the season.
Last season in 2016, Georgia Tech went 38-25 overall and earned an NCAA Regional berth for the 28th time in the past 31 seasons. The Yellow Jackets advanced to the finals of the Gainesville Regional, where they lost to host and No. 1 national seed, Florida.