STORRS, Conn. – After a successful 2016 season which saw the Huskies capture their first-ever American Athletic Conference crown and reach the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in seven seasons, over 20 members of the UConn baseball team continue to stay active on the diamond, competing in summer leagues across the nation.
In total, 21 Huskies are competing in seven summer leagues throughout the country, highlighted by five All-Star selections.
Rising junior 3B Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) is one of four Huskies to earn playing time in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League and was tabbed as an All-Star for the Bourne Braves. The American Athletic Conference First Team member has appeared in a team-best 36 games for the Braves, hitting .298 to go along with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. Teammate Ronnie Rossomando joined Yahn in Bourne, holding a stellar 1.89 ERA in 19.0 innings out of the bullpen. The rising sophomore has notched 23 strikeouts against seven walks in 11 appearances.
RHP Wills Montgomerie, who enjoyed a break 2016 campaign for Connecticut, has made six appearances with three starts for the Y.D. Red Sox, collecting 20 strikeouts in 21.1 innings of work with a 2.10 ERA.
Seven Huskies have seen time on the field in the NECBL, including All-Stars Sam Nepiarsky (Orange, Conn.) and Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) Nepiarsky ranks eighth in the league with a 2.51 ERA in six stars for New Bedford and is joined on the Bay Sox roster by rising sophomore P.J. Poulin, who has collected 14 strikeouts in five appearances with three starts.
Hill, who takes home his third-straight NECBL All-Star honor, has registered a .296 batting average in 34 games for the Mystic Schooners, notching 37 hits as the team’s primary shortstop. Other Huskies that have earned playing time for the Schooners include lefty reliever Doug Domnarski (Pawcatuck, Conn.), RHP Joe Rivera (Plantsville, Conn.), and upperclassman catcher Alex LeFevre (Mansfield, Conn.), who also competed with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape League earlier in the summer.
CJ Dandeneau (North Smithfield, R.I.) has continued an excellent 2016 run, holding a 2.64 ERA in 12 appearances for the Plymouth Pilgrims. The Husky reliever has struck out 32 batters and issued just 11 free passes in 30.2 IP.
2016 All-Star selection Dan Rajkowski (New Canaan, Conn.) is one of six UConn players competing in the Futures League and has allowed just four runs with 28 strikeouts in nine appearances for the Brockton Rox. Infielder Jack Lambrecht, who missed the 2016 season due to injury, is hitting .300 for the Rox with three home runs, 14 RBI, and three steals. A pair of Husky hurlers, Randy Polonia (Stamford, Conn.) and newcomer Jake Wallace, have earned time with the Bristol Blues, combining for 11 appearances, while incomers Conor Moritary (Pittsfield) and Mason Feole (Worcester) have impressed in their final summer before joining the program.
John Russel is the program’s lone representative in the Coastal Plain league, allowing opponents to hit just .213 with a 2.54 ERA in 28.1 innings pitched for the Edenton Steamers.
Rising senior RHP Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) collected All-Star honors in the ACBL for the Staten Island Tide, picking up a pair of wins in 34.1 innings of work, while incoming infielder Anthony Prato is hitting .316 with 25 hits for the Tide.
Alex Hintze represents the team in the Northwoods League, coming out of the ‘pen on 13 occasions for the Madison Mallards.
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