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Summer Baseball: Nine Mustangs Qualify to Compete in League Playoffs

Summer Baseball: Nine Mustangs Qualify to Compete in League Playoffs

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Three Cal Poly baseball players at Eau Claire, two more at Corvallis and one at Waterloo will be competing in postseason play as the summer collegiate leagues wind down.

Pitcher Craig Colen, infielder Nick Marinconz and outfielder Cole Cabrera (pictured below at left) are playing at Eau Claire, which leads the second-half Great Plains East Division standings in the Northwoods League. Outfielder Blake Wagenseller plays for Waterloo, which won the first-half Great Plains East Division title. The regular season ends Sunday.

In the West Coast League, Corvallis won the first-half South Division title and leads the second half as well. Shortstop Brooks Lee and pitcher Chase Watkins are playing for Corvallis. The regular season ends Sunday and the WCL playoffs start Tuesday with Corvallis at Walla Walla and Victoria at Wenatchee.

Catcher John Mackay, pitcher/infielder Drew Thorpe and pitcher Bryan Woo (pictured above and below at right) played for the Peninsula Oilers, who lost two of three games to the Anchorage Bucs in the first round of the Alaska Baseball League playoffs last week.

Woo went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in the regular season and also had one at-bat, stroking a two-run single to cap a four-run 12th-inning rally as Peninsula defeated Chugiak-Eagle River 6-2 on July 20. He was the winning pitcher as well with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts.

Woo also went 5 1/3 innings on the mound in a playoff game against Anchorage, striking out seven and allowing one run and two hits, but Peninsula lost the game 4-0.

Mackay and Thorpe did not compete in the playoffs. During the regular season, Mackay hit .189 with two doubles and four RBIs in 20 games while Thorpe hit .239 with three doubles and six RBIs in 24 games and also posted a 2-2 mark and 2.48 ERA on the mound with two saves and 17 strikeouts over 25 1/3 innings.

In the Cape Cod League, Yarmouth-Dennis qualified for the postseason and defeated Orleans twice in the first round before dropping a pair of 5-1 decisions to Harwich in the East Division finals.

First baseman Tate Samuelson went 8-for-17 (.471) in the playoffs with a double and five RBIs while outfielder Bradlee Beesley was 4-for-14 (.286) with a double and two RBIs.

During the regular season, Beesley hit .280 with 10 doubles and three home runs, driving in 12 runs, while Samuelson compiled a .240 mark at the plate with two doubles, a home run and nine RBIs. Relief pitcher Taylor Dollard, who did not compete in the playoffs, was 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA and five saves and 27 strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings.

At Eau Claire, Cabrera finished first in the Northwoods League with his .514 on-base percentage and fourth with 30 steals in 32 attempts. Cabrera is hitting .294 with eight doubles, two triples, four home runs and 30 RBIs. He has scored 42 times and has drawn 59 walks in 43 games. Read a story on Cabrera by the Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls Leader-Telegram by clicking here (subscription required) and view a video here from WEAU-TV, which named Cabrera Athlete of the Week.

Marinconz sports a .284 average with 23 hits in 20 games, including a double and two home runs with eight RBIs. Colen has a 2-3 record and 5.62 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts), striking out 37 batters over 40 innings.

At Waterloo, Wagenseller is hitting .283 with 36 hits in 37 games, including seven doubles and three home runs. He has knocked in 28 runs and went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs versus Thunder Bay on Wednesday.

For the Corvallis Knights, Lee  (pictured below at left with his father, head coach Larry Lee) has a .343 average with 48 hits in 35 games, including 13 multi-hit contests. The incoming freshman has 12 doubles and two home runs with 28 RBI, has stolen 12 of 18 bases and has compiled a .420 on-base percentage.

Watkins is 2-0 with a 0.90 RA in five games (three starts), striking out 28 over 20 innings.

Also in the West Coast League, Conagher Sands is hitting .224 at Kelowna with 13 hits in 16 games. He hit a solo home run at Port Angeles on July 19 and has knocked in five runs this summer..

Middle infielder Willie Cano is hitting .283 at Ridgefield with 17 hits in 14 games, including two doubles and a triple. He has knocked in 11 runs and sports a five-game hitting streak, including a 3-for-5 game with a double at Walla Walla on Saturday. Noah Taylor has a .121 average with three doubles and seven RBIs.

Four Mustangs are playing at Yakima Valley.

Third baseman Nick DiCarlo is hitting .270 with 20 hits in 21 games, including three doubles, one triple and a home run with 12 RBIs. He homered and knocked in three runs in a 3-for-3 game against Bend on July 17.

Bo Henderson is 1-1 with a 7.22 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings while Ryan Jameson is 0-3 with a 3.33 ERA, striking out 37 batters over 27 innings. Brett Wells is hitting .213 with 10 hits, including two doubles, and five RBIs in 15 games.

Three incoming freshmen played for the Utah Marshalls in Kearns, Utah, this summer.

The Marshalls finished their season with a 71-5 record after winning the 2019 Pathway Games in Omaha in June and the 2019 Marshall Gates World Series in Kearns, Utah, in early July. The Marshalls also posted a 6-0 mark in pool play at the Phil Singer Elite Summer Series in San Diego and went 7-2 in bracket play to finish second.

Outfielder Kyle Ashworth (Foothill High School in Santa Ana) hit .284 with 21 hits and eight RBIs while pitcher Cameron Mahaffy (Newport Harbor High School) tossed four scoreless innings with one strikeout. Kyle Scott (Mater Dei High School) had 22 strikeouts and just four walks over 16 innings with a 2.79 ERA this summer.

The San Luis Obispo Blues, managed by former Mustang outfielder Danny Marple, completed their season July 26 with a 31-21 record.

Taison Corio, a transfer from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, hit .335 and was tops on the team with 54 hits and 38 RBIs. He stole 13 of 16 bases, produced 16 multiple-hit games and contributed seven doubles, a triple and two home runs.

Corio had an 11-game hitting streak come to an end July 12. He went 23-for-43 (.535) during the streak.

Andrew Alvarez posted a 1-2 mark and 1.82 ERA with 31 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings. He earned his win July 26 against the California Expos, tossing five innings and allowing one run (unearned) and one walk with nine strikeouts.

Derek True was 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA, earning 33 strikeouts over 23 innings. His victory was against the Conejo Oaks on June 25 as True pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Connor Wilford had no decisions and a 3.60 ERA, notching 23 strikeouts over five innings, while catcher Myles Emmerson hit .231 with a double and three RBIs.

Shut down for the summer were pitchers Aidan Goicovich, Matt Arens and Darren Nelson, infielders Connor Gurnik and Jack Kuzma, utility player Scott Ogrin and incoming freshman pitcher Kaden Sheedy of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield.

Photos of Bryan Woo courtesy of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska