SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Incoming freshman pitcher Taylor Dollard earned West Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors for his performance against the Cowlitz Bears last week.
Pitching for the Yakima Valley Pippins, the future Cal Poly right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts for the win as Yakima Valley earned a 1-0 victory on August 1. Dollard allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter.
The Crespi Carmelite High School graduate finished the regular season with a 6-0 record and 1.92 ERA this summer, striking out 24 batters and walking just five over 32 2/3 innings.
In the opening round of the West Coast League playoffs Tuesday night, Yakima Valley defeated Corvallis 9-3. Dollard went 5 2/3 innings for the win, allowing three runs and eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Also in that game, second baseman Bradlee Beesley went 2-for-5 at the plate for Yakima Valley, knocking in one run with one of his two singles.
Beesley finished the regular season with a .300 average (45 of 150), compiling seven doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 28 RBI. He was eight-for-10 in stolen bases and notched 12 multiple-hit contests, going 4-for-6 against Corvallis on July 23.
Beesley had an eight-game hitting streak snapped two weeks ago by Port Angeles and went 16-for-32 (.500) during the run with a triple, home run and seven RBI.
In the Northwoods League, infielder Kyle Marinconz closed out Eau Claire's regular season with a .298 average, four doubles and three home runs. He ended the season with a seven-game hitting streak, going 11-for-24 (.458) during the run with a double, two home runs and seven RBI.
Marinconz knocked in 33 runs in 42 games and stole four of six bases, producing 13 multiple-hit games.He hit home runs in back-to-back games last weekend.
Marinconz played three games for the Santa Barbara Foresters before transferring to Eau Claire and hit .250 with a double.
Also at Eau Claire, Scott Ogrin hit .220 in 31 games with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI. He had five multiple-hit games this summer and hit a solo home run against Mankato on July 24. Pitcher Craig Colen was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA, pitching eight innings over four relief appearances with nine strikeouts.
Junior center fielder Alex McKenna has a .298 average for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League. In 31 games this summer, he has nine doubles and two triples, stealing 15 of 22 bases and knocking in 16 runs.
McKenna, who has 11 multiple-hit games this season, singled in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on July 22, leading the East to a 5-3 win over the West.
Senior outfielder Colby Barrick lifted his batting average at Bellingham 102 points in just two games by going seven-for-nine with two doubles, a home run, five runs scored and two RBI on July 30 and 31. Hitting .186 before the weekend, Barrick's average is now .288 over 18 games with two doubles, one triple, a pair of home runs and nine RBI.
Incoming freshman Tate Samuelson finished his summer season with a .338 batting average for the San Luis Obispo Blues. Samuelson produced two doubles, seven RBI and two steals in 25 games with seven multiple-hit games, going 3-for-5 with a double against the Academy Barons on July 16.
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 July 19.
Also playing for the Blues, sophomore catcher Myles Emmerson hit .289 with six doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. He had five multiple-hit games this summer, including a 3-for-4 contest with two singles and a home run July 18 against the Ventura Halos.
Junior right-hander Bobby Ay was 2-1 on the mound with the Blues, compiling a 5.32 ERA. He struck out 20 batters over 22 innings and pitched six scoreless frames with five strikeouts and three hits in a win over the Academy Barons on July 15.
Austin Dondanville, also a junior righty, was 1-2 with a 1.50 ERA for the Blues, striking out 24 batters over 24 innings. His win came on July 1 against the Southern California Catch as allowed one run and eight hits over eight innings with four strikeouts.
On July 8, Dondanville 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 Academy Barons.
Also in the California Collegiate League, southpaw Kyle Smith is pitching for the Santa Barbara Foresters, who competed in the National Baseball Congress Semi-Pro World Series. Smith pitched 8 2/3 innings over eight games and has not allowed a run with nine strikeouts.
The Foresters won Pool C at Wichita last week but were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Catcher Nick Meyer 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).
In addition to Dollard, Beesley and Barrick, seven other current or future Mustangs played in the West Coast League.
A trio of Mustangs are at Corvallis. Sophomore infielder Jack Kuzma is hitting .137 with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI. He singled and doubled, driving in three runs, against Walla Walla on July 9 and has a trio of two-hit games this season.
Sophomore right-hander Connor Redmond sports a 1-2 record and 3.00 ERA. In six games (five starts), he has struck out 22 batters over 29 innings.
Incoming freshman Darren Nelson is 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 10 games, all but one in relief, for Corvallis, striking out 22 batters over 18 2/3 innings. He pitched two scoreless innings for a win July 7 against Walla Walla and tossed four scoreless innings for another win against Salem on July 25, allowing one hit and striking out three. He also is hitting .280 with two doubles and five RBI.
Others in the West Coast League are Connor Gurnik (.264, three doubles, one triple, nine RBI) and Andrew Alvarez (1-0, 7.44 ERA, 18 strikeouts over 29 innings) at Kelowna and Gabe Barthelmass (.107, one triple, one RBI in 11 games) and Dylan Doherty (0-for-2 in three games) at Gresham.
Alvarez allowed just one earned run in his last three appearances on the mound (10 innings) with nine strikeouts. He earned a win July 28 against Bellingham, giving up one run in four innings.
Five future Mustangs are playing for the Utah Marshalls, who compiled a perfect 7-0 record on a recent road trip to Portland and Salt Lake City and captured its third straight Phil Singer Summer Series championship in San Diego, posting a 12-2-2 mark in pool play.
The Marshalls were 70-11 this summer, Nick DiCarlo leading the way with a .342 average and 33 RBI. Cole Cabrera hit .303 with 24 RBI and Blake Wagenseller .318 with 32 RBI. Zach Chalmers has a 1.76 ERA with 30 strikeouts over 36 innings while Matt Arens has struck out 27 over 20 innings with a 8.56 ERA.
Aidan Goicovich (2.46 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings over 12 appearances) pitched for the Pacific Union Financial Caps, who won 29 of 37 games this summer. The team plays its home games in Palo Alto.
Photo at top of Taylor Dollard courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography