Monday, June 14, 2010

MU in Summer Ball

Here's a partial list of where MU players will be playing in the summer wood bat leagues. If you have more information about other players' plans, let me know at

A good source for news about the summer wood bat leagues is

Alaska Baseball League

Peninsula Oilers
• Ryan Gebhart
California Collegiate League

San Luis Obispo Blues
• Dane Opel
• Former MU Pitching Coach Chal Fanning is the head coach of the Blues
Cape Cod League

■ Falmouth Commodores
• Eric Anderson was scheduled to pitch for the Commodores, but will instead spend the summer rehabbing from his season-ending injury
Hyannis Harbor Hawks
• Jeff Lusardi
Northwoods League

Duluth Huskies
• Scott Sommerfeld
M.I.N.K. League

Sedalia Bombers
• Zach Hardoin
• Ryan Clubb
St. Joseph Mustangs
• Sam Lind (former Tiger)
Prospect League

Hannibal Cavemen
• James Hudelson (JuCo transfer to MU)
Texas Collegiate League

East Texas PumpJacks
• Jesse Santo
Texas Tomcats
• Eric Garcia
• Andre Rodriguez
Victoria Generals
•Conner Mach
West Coast League

Cowlitz Black Bears
• Garrison McLagan
• Jake Walsh
■ Former Tiger Bryson Leblanc (05-06) is the head coach for the Bears
It's a nomad's life for Black Bears' skipper (
Bryson LeBlanc is always up for a challenge.

In 2009, he hooked on with the University of Oregon baseball team as a volunteer assistant coach, working with the outfielders and coaching first base as the Ducks returned to the diamond for the first time in 28 years.

Several months after Oregon's season ended, LeBlanc was hired as the first head coach for the Cowlitz Black Bears, the newest entry in the West Coast League.
Another new team, another new challenge.

Wood bats a welcome challenge for Black Bears hitters (
With a wooden bat, barrel must meet baseball exactly right, and even perfect contact generates less oomph than its metallic descendants.

Miss the sweet spot by an inch, you kill a rally.

Miss by more, you kill a bat.

For the members of the Cowlitz Black Bears who are making their first full-time adjustment from aluminum to wood, that's just the way they like it.

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