Aug 19, 2013
The summer baseball season has wrapped up for members of the Virginia baseball team, and three Cavaliers won summer championships with their teams. John LaPrise and Joe McCarthy each were key contributors for the Northwoods League champion Madison Mallards, while Nathan Kirby pitched for the New England Collegiate Baseball League champion Keene Swamp Bats.
LaPrise was the Northwoods League's batting champion with a .407 average, 40 points better than the second-best average. He also was named to the league's postseason all-star team.
McCarthy hit .303 during the regular season but turned things up in the playoffs, where he batted .524 (11-for-21) and drove in 11 runs in five games. After going 5-for-6 with four runs, four RBI, two doubles and a home run in the clinching Game 2 of the championship series, McCarthy was named the Summer Collegiate World Series MVP. He was 7-for-11 in the series.
Kirby earned the win in the deciding game of the NECBL championship series, firing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. The performance capped off a great summer for Kirby, who went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings during the regular season.
All five Cavaliers who competed in the Cape Cod League reached the playoffs with their respective teams, including Josh Sborz, whose Orleans Firebirds advanced to the championship series. Derek Fisher finished fifth in the Cape Cod League with a .333 batting average.
Thomas Woodruff was named an all-star in the Cal Ripken League. Playing for the Herndon Braves, Woodruff batted .285 and knocked in a dozen runs.
A full rundown of the Cavaliers competing in summer leagues:
Cape Cod League
Branden Cogswell, Harwich Mariners
33 games, .231 BA (28-121), 1 2B, 6 RBI, 12 BB
Brandon Downes, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
36 games, .246 BA (29-118), 6 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI
Derek Fisher, Harwich Mariners
36 games, .333 BA (40-120), 6 2B, 21 RBI, 25 BB, 13 SB
Nick Howard, Harwich Mariners
19 games, .276 BA (21-76), 5 2B, 1 3B; pitching: 5 games, 5 GS, 1-2, 5.14 ERA, 24.2 IP, 4 BB, 25 K
Josh Sborz, Orleans Firebirds
8 games, 6 GS, 1-2, 5.71 ERA, 28.1 IP, 38 H, 27 K
Cal Ripken League
Thomas Woodruff, Herndon Braves
35 games, .285 BA (35-123), 20 R 3 2B, 2 3B, 12 RBI, 2-4 SB
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Kevin Doherty, Saratoga Brigade
17 games, 3-3, 2.61 ERA, 2 saves, 31.0 IP, 8 BB, 24 K
Nate Irving, Keene Swamp Bats
5 games, .267 BA (4-15), 1 RBI, 3 BB
Nathan Kirby, Keene Swamp Bats
8 games, 7 GS, 3-0, 1.67 ERA, 43.0 IP, 28 H, 18 BB, 60 K
David Rosenberger, Vermont Mountaineers
8 games, 5 GS, 2-1, 2.64 ERA, 34.0 IP, 27 H, 8 BB, 21 K
Cameron Tekker, Saratoga Brigade
13 games, 2-2, 4 saves, 5.30 ERA, 18.2 IP, 18 H, 14 BB, 28 K
Kenny Towns, Vermont Mountaineers
20 games, .250 BA (16-64), 7 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 3 SB
Rob Bennie, Wisconsin Woodchucks
44 games, .220 BA (33-150), 18 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 2-3 SB
Robbie Coman, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
41 games, .319 BA (46-144), 22 R, 7 2B, 25 RBI, 16 BB, 0-2 SB
John LaPrise, Madison Mallards
47 games, .407 BA (77-189), 45 R, 6 2B, 3 3B, 29 RBI, 17 BB, 14-16 SB
Joe McCarthy, Madison Mallards
49 games, .303 BA (59-195), 34 R, 9 2B, 3 HR, 41 RBI, 33 BB, 7-8 SB
Mike Papi, Lakeshore Chinooks
38 games, .313 BA (40-128), 28 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 36 BB, 5-5 SB
George Ragsdale, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
47 games, .230 BA (35-152), 25 R, 9 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 12 BB, 1-5 SB
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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