July 23, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Three summer league all stars highlight current UConn student-athletes performing at a high level this summer in leagues across the country. Blake Davey, Aaron Hill and Sam Nepiarsky were named all stars of their respective summer leagues, while several other Huskies are also having strong summers.
Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) headlines UConn's contingent in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, earning a starting spot on the West Division All Star Team playing with the Bourne Braves. In 33 games with Bourne, Davey holds a .254/.360/.438 slash line with 12 extra base hits, including three home runs, and 16 RBI. The All-Conference, ABCA All-Region and NEIBA All-New England First Team member is second in the CCBL with 24 runs scored and is tied for fourth with seven doubles.
Also playing on the Cape this summer is NEIBA New England Player of the Year Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.), playing with his hometown Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Melley is batting .237 in 28 games for Hyannis, with six doubles and 20 RBIs. His RBI total places him seventh in the Cape League.
UConn teammates and classmates Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) are pitching together for the Wareham Gatemen, and fellow rising sophomore hurler Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) is a member of the Brewster Whitecaps. Kay has pitched in multiple roles for the Gatemen, making 12 appearances including two starts and holding a 3.03 ERA with a save in 26.2 innings. Zapata has also made 12 appearances with a start, and has struck out 13 in 12.1 innings. Ruotolo has tossed 21 innings over 13 appearances for Brewster, posting a 2.57 ERA and a pair of saves thanks to a sterling 21:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
In the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), Hill (Groton, Conn.) is having a standout summer for his hometown Mystic Schooners. The rising sophomore shortstop has played in 29 contests for Mystic and is batting .330 with seven doubles, two home runs, 17 RBI and seven stolen bases. He played in the NECBL All Star Game as a reserve last week, going hitless in two at bats. Hill is 12th in the NECBL in average and 11th in RBIs.
Also representing UConn in the NECBL are rising juniors Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) of the Laconia Muskrats and Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) of the North Adams Steeplecats. Sundberg is sixth in the league with 13 stolen bases, after leading UConn and placing among the national leaders with 27 swipes during the 2014 season. Siena has driven in 11 runs for North Adams in 76 at bats.
Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) started his summer alongside Sundberg at Laconia, but has since joined the large UConn contingent in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) on the Nashua Silver Knights. Headlining the group is an FCBL All Star in Sam Nepiarsky (Orange, Conn.). After not pitching for UConn in 2014 in an anticipated redshirt season, Nepiarsky has starred for the Silver Knights, making six starts in eight appearances and holding a 5-0 record along with a 2.63 ERA. In 44.1 innings for Nashua, the 6'3 righty holds an impeccable 38:8 strikeout to walk ratio. He is tied for third in the FCBL in wins and in a deadlock for sixth in the league in strikeouts. He will play in the FCBL All Star Game for the West team on Thursday (July 24) in Brockton, Mass.
Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) has also enjoyed a productive summer in the FCBL. The right-handed hitter has appeared in 24 games for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks, compiling a .288 batting average in 73 at-bats. The slugger has knocked one homerun and currently holds a .477 slugging percentage. On the basepaths, Testanti has swiped four bags after recording just one steal during his last two seasons at UConn.
Griffin Garabedian (Hamden, Conn.), Trevor Holmes (Ashland, Mass.) and Sullivan have also had strong summers for Nashua. Garabedian has 11 stolen bases and six extra-base hits for the Silver Knights in 34, games while Holmes has struck out 17 batters against five walks in 19.2 innings pitched. Sullivan has already made an impact in his first seven games in the FCBL, posting three doubles and three RBI in 22 at bats. Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich, Conn.) and Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.) are also representing UConn in the FCBL for the Torrington Titans and Worcester Bravehearts, respectively. Olmstead has driven in 13 runs and stolen 10 bases in 30 games for Torrington, while David is batting .238 in 42 at bats for Worcester.
Rounding out the Huskies in summer ball are five student-athletes playing the summer months in Wisconsin in the Northwoods League. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.), Callahan Brown (Jupiter, Fla.), Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) and Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.) have all gone to the Badger State for their summer play, joining native son Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.) in the league. Daniello is batting .217 with 11 runs and five stolen bases for the Battle Creek Bombers, and has also taken a turn on the hill with 0.2 scoreless innings. Brown has tossed 30 innings over 11 appearances and a start for the Kenosha Kingfish, holding a 1-0 record with a 4.20 ERA and 27 strikeouts against 11 walks. Radue has been terrific for the Lakeshore Chinooks, making eight appearances to the tune of a 0.63 ERA in 14.1 innings. Over and Slade are both members of the Madison Mallards, with Over posting a 3.33 ERA and Slade a 4.15 mark this summer out of the bullpen.
Stay tuned for updates upon the conclusion of these respective summer seasons, leading you up to the UConn fall ball season in September and October.