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Summer Leagues: McKenna and Samuelson Produce Walkoff Singles

Summer Leagues: McKenna and Samuelson Produce Walkoff Singles
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly junior-to-be outfielder Alex McKenna and incoming freshman infielder Tate Samuelson produced walk-off singles in recent summer league play.

McKenna singled with two outs and the bases loaded as Yarmouth-Dennis edged Hyannis 4-3 on July 15.

Named to the East Division All-Star team, McKenna is hitting .311 in 26 games with eight doubles and two triples, driving in 12 runs. He has stolen seven of 10 bases.

The Cape Cod League All-Star Game will be played Saturday at Clem Spillane Stadium in Wareham, Mass.

McKenna went 3-for-4 with two doubles against Brewster on July 1 and duplicated the feat July 9 against Wareham. He has nine multi-hit games this season.

Samuelson capped a San Luis Obispo Blues comeback from a 4-1 deficit in the ninth inning with a run-scoring single as the Blues edged the Santa Barbara Foresters 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Thanks to an 8-for-17 performance during a five-game hitting streak, Samuelson is hitting .377 in 21 games with two doubles and five RBI.

Meanwhile, catcher Myles Emmerson is hitting .286 for the Blues with four doubles, one home run and nine RBI. He homered against the Ventura Halos on Tuesday night, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Pitcher Bobby Ay is 2-1 with a 5.32 ERA for the Blues, striking out 20 batters over 22 innings. He pitched six scoreless innings for his second win July 15 against the MLB Academy Barons with five strikeouts, allowing three hits and a walk.

Another pitcher, Austin Dondanville, has made three quality starts for a 1.50 ERA but has a 1-2 record, striking out 24 batters over 20 innings.

The right-hander earned his win July 1, allowing one run over eight innings in a 4-1 victory over the Southern California Catch. On July 8, he struck out 10 in another eight-inning stint in a 2-1 loss to the Pacific Union Financial Caps and, six days later, struck out 10 more in eight innings but the Blues lost 1-0 to the MLB Academy Barons.

Also in the California Collegiate League, southpaw Kyle Smith is pitching for the Santa Barbara Foresters. He has pitched six innings over four games and has not allowed a run.

In the Northwoods League, Kyle Marinconz is hitting .242 and Scott Ogrin .213 for the Eau Claire Express. Marinconz went 3-for-4 with one RBI against Rochester on July 8 while Ogrin hit a two-run single against St. Cloud on July 14.

Pitching for Eau Claire, Craig Colen joined the team in early July and has appeared in just two games, tossing two scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts. He pitched one inning each against Waterloo on July 12 and La Crosse on July 16.

Catcher Nick Meyer (pictured at right) has completed his summer season with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, going 3-for-16 (.188) at the plate. He threw out three of five base stealers and played in 14 of Team USA's 20 contests (15-5). 

Nine current or future Mustangs are playing in the West Coast League.

Infielder Bradlee Beesley is hitting .264 for Yakima Valley with seven doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI over 22 games. He has stolen five of six bases. Outfielder Colby Barrick is hitting .217 in 10 games at Bellingham.

A trio of Mustangs are at Corvallis. Infielder Jack Kuzma (pictured at left) is hitting .179 with two doubles and five RBI. He singled and doubled, driving in three runs, against Walla Walla on July 9. Connor Redmond sports a 1-2 record and 2.89 ERA. In four games (three starts), he has struck out 14 batters over 18 2/3 innings.  

Darren Nelson is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in seven games, all in relief, for Corvallis, striking out 14 batters over 11 2/3 innings. He pitched two scoreless innings for the win July 7 against Walla Walla. He also is hitting .310 with two RBI.

Others in the West Coast League are Connor Gurnik (.264, three doubles, one triple, nine RBI) and Andrew Alvarez (0-0, 12.27 ERA, eight strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings) at Kelowna and Gabe Barthelmass (.136, one triple, one RBI in eight games) and Dylan Doherty (0-for-2 in three games) at Gresham.

Five future Mustangs are playing for the Utah Marshalls, who recently completed a perfect 7-0 road trip to Portland and Salt Lake City.

Nick DiCarlo is hitting .343 with 29 RBI, Cole Cabrera .320 with 19 RBI and Blake Wagenseller .293 with 20 RBI. Zach Chalmers has a 1.41 ERA with 25 strikeouts over 28 innings while Matt Arens has struck out 27 over 18 innings with a 6.31 ERA.

Aidan Goicovich is pitching for the Pacific Union Financial Caps, who have won 21 of 27 games so far this summer. The team plays its home games in Palo Alto.