Week 11: April 24-30

By: Ryan Murphy
Brandon Nylin (Indiana-Southeast)

Professional Baseball-

Mike Kaelin, Los Angeles Angels organization- Kaelin came out of the bullpen for the class-A Burlington Bees on Wednesday, retiring seven of the eight hitters he faced in a loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The Buffalo product, who wore the Dutchmen uniform in 2014, struck out two hitters, and only allowed one batter to reach via a walk. It was his third scoreless relief appearance of the season, and elevated his strikeout total to ten over 10.1 innings in the Midwest League.

NCAA Division I-

Nathan Harris, Louisiana Tech- Once again, Harris was dominant in a starting role for the 30-14 Bulldogs. His sixth win of the season came on Saturday as part of a series sweep over Western Kentucky. The star from the 2016 Dutchmen struck out nine hitters in a complete game, tossing 113 pitches with just five hits allowed. Harris, who did not walk a batter in the victory, has earned a win or a save in 14 of his 18 appearances this season. The nine-strikeout effort moved Harris' season total to 75, a team-high.

Troy Montemayor, Baylor- The Baylor closer hit the ten save mark this weekend with two perfect innings against Kansas. Albany's 2016 PGCBL All-Star helped the Bears to a series victory over the Jayhawks, with both wins closed out in 1-2-3 fashon by Montemayor. Over 17.1 innings on the mound this season, the righthander has struck out 22 hitters with just three walks. Montemayor has been the winning pitcher or has earned a save in 13 of Baylor's 27 wins this season.

Dominic DiCaprio, Rice- Rice won two of three games this week, taking a conference series from UTSA. The sophomore catcher, who played for the Dutchmen in 2015, had two hits in all three games of the series. His best performance of the week came in a 7-4 victory on Saturday, where he drove in runs on a single and double. The 6-for-12 week increased DiCaprio's season average to .359, the best mark on the Rice roster.

JT Genovese, UAlbany- Genovese led the Great Danes to a victory in the series finale of UAlbany's set against UMBC, tossing seven innings without allowing an earned run. The senior scattered seven hits and one unearned run, striking out two UMBC hitters. The win was Genovese's third of the season, and helped UAlbany avoid a home sweep to a conference opponent. He was aided by a Great Dane defense that turned three double plays in the win.

NCAA Division II

Justin Childers, Ohio Dominican- Albany's reigning co-Player of the Year and returning player has hit safely in nine straight games for the Panthers, and has recorded at least two hits in eight of the nine contests. In five ODU games this past week, Childers went 10-for-19, scoring six runs and driving in six. He also hit his eleventh home run of the season in a 9-4 loss to Northwood on Friday. Childers has also hit a double in five consecutive appearances, as well as six of his last seven.

Joe Pokrentowski, Saint Rose- For the second weekend in a row, Pokrentowski tossed a complete game victory for the Golden Knights. This week, the triumph came at the expense of Pace, 7-2. A member of last season's Dutchmen roster, Pokrentowski struck out a season-best nine hitters while allowing two runs on six hits. Saint Rose has won in three of the senior's last four starts, and he is one of two Saint Rose pitchers with multiple victories this season.

Kale Morton, No. 12 Azusa Pacific- Morton kept his perfect record intact on Saturday, winning his sixth game in a 11-1 victory over Concordia. The pitcher from the 2016 Dutchmen tosed seven innings, allowing just one run on eight hits. He struck out four hitters while surrendering just one walk. Azusa Pacific enters the final series of the regular season needing a split of four games against Dixie State to win the PacWest championship.

NCAA Division III

Dylan McGee, Trinity University- In his final start of the season, the 2014 Dutchmen pitcher got Trinity a victory in the SCAC Tournament. McGee moved to 5-2 with five quality innings, where he allowed one run on five hits. The righthander struck out five Texas Lutheran hitters in a 11-2 victory for the Tigers. McGee finished the regular season with 46 strikeouts over 38 innings with a 2.61 ERA. Trinity advanced to a winner-take-all conference championship game, but fell in the title game to Centenary.

NAIA

Brandon Nylin, Indiana-Southeast- Nylin did his part in a 6-0 week for the Grenadiers, who stand at 42-11 and near the top of the River States Conference. A pitcher from the 2015 roster, Nylin allowed three runs over five innings, scattering seven hits. The Herkimer transfer moved to 7-1 on the season with the victory, a 9-3 triumph over Cincinnati Christian. Nylin has made a team-high 12 starts this season, and is second on the roster with his seven victories.

Jeff Rivera, Cumberlands- A member of the 2016 Dutchmen, Rivera tossed three scoreless innings for the Patriots in a victory over nationally ranked Tennessee Wesleyan. Rivera pitched the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, striking out three with just two hits allowed. The righthander also did not walk a batter in the 6-2 victory. It was the first save of the season for Rivera, whose Patriots won a play-in series this weekend to advance to the final four of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Junior College

Micah McHugh, No. 3 LSU-Eunice- Perfect Game's third-ranked junior college team in the nation went 3-1 on the week, propelled by a big week from the two-way player from the 2016 Dutchmen. In four games, McHugh went 9-for-15, driving in three runs for the Bengals. The infielder had two hits in each of the four games, and scored three runs for the 42-9 LSU-Eunice club. On the season, McHugh has driven in 23 runs and has scored 32.



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