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College: Pitcher of the Year Watch List

Press Release by College Baseball Hall of Fame

LUBBOCK, Texas — Miniscule earned-run averages and double-digit wins highlight the statistics of players on the newest watch list for the 2016 National Pitcher of the Year Award, presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock as part of the annual Night of Champions event.

St. John’s right-hander Thomas Hackimer continues to lead the watch list candidates with a 0.21 ERA in 43 1/3 innings. He also has eight saves and 59 strikeouts.

Michael Rucker, a junior right-hander at BYU, and Ryan Foster, a senior right-hander at UNC Wilmington, lead the watch list in wins with 10 each. Rucker is 10-0 with a 2.58 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings. Foster is 10-1 with a 2.49 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched.

“This process is already becoming difficult,” said Brian Melakian, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. “With so many pitchers having great seasons, it was difficult to get the list down this far. We are already splitting hairs. It’s obvious that the semi-finalists and finalists will be both deserving and the best of the best.”

Southeast Missouri State’s Joey Lucchesi, a senior left-hander, leads the country in strikeouts with 115. In 80 2/3 innings, Lucchesi is 8-4 with a 2.01 ERA.

Navy’s Luke Gillingham leads the watch list and the country in complete games with eight. In 11 starts this season, the senior left-hander is 8-2 with a 1.32 ERA and 80 strikeouts through 75 innings.

“It’s amazing to see how consistent these young men have been through this point in the season,” said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. “Some of the numbers they have put up are already very impressive, and there’s still time left in the season. It will be fun to watch how the rest of the season plays out.”

For more information on the Night of Champions event, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.

2016 PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST

Name

School

Conference

Sam Donko

VCU

A10

Pat Krall

Clemson

ACC

Jim Voyles

Florida State

ACC

Drew Harrington

Louisville

ACC

Kade McClure

Louisville

ACC

Brendan McKay

Louisville

ACC

Bryan Garcia

Miami

ACC

Adam Haseley

Virginia

ACC

Connor Jones

Virginia

ACC

Andrew Beckwith

Coastal Carolina

Big South

Kyle Nelson

UC Santa Barbara

Big West

Jack Anderson

Penn State

Big Ten

Tyler Buffett

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Thomas Hatch

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Luken Baker

TCU

Big 12

Dalton Horton

TCU

Big 12

Hayden Howard

Texas Tech

Big 12

Davis Martin

Texas Tech

Big 12

Thomas Hackimer

St. John’s

Big East

Ryan Foster

UNC Wilmington

Colonial Athletic

Adam Atkins

Louisiana Tech

Conference USA

Glenn Otto

Rice

Conference USA

Eric Lauer

Kent State

MAC

Jimmy Lambert

Fresno State

MWC

Joey Lucchesi

Southeast Missouri State

OVC

Troy Rallings

Washington

Pac-12

Luke Gillingham

Navy

Patriot

Thomas Burrows

Alabama

SEC

Shaun Anderson

Florida

SEC

Logan Shore

Florida

SEC

Josh Reagan

South Carolina

SEC

Clarke Schmidt

South Carolina

SEC

Brigham Hill

Texas A&M

SEC

Kyle Simonds

Texas A&M

SEC

Patrick Raby

Vanderbilt

SEC

Jordan Sheffield

Vanderbilt

SEC

Kyle Wright

Vanderbilt

SEC

Adam Oller

Northwestern State

Southland

Kevin Hill

South Alabama

Sun Belt

Joseph Camacho

Alabama State

SWAC

Tyler Howe

Alabama State

SWAC

Michael Rucker

BYU

West Coast

A.J. Puckett

Pepperdine

West Coast

Corbin Burnes

St. Mary’s (Calif.)

West Coast

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Rouen Huskies Take 2016 Challenge de France Title

The Rouen Huskies defeated the Senart Templiers for the 2016 Challenge de France title over the past weekend. Rouen finished the weekend 4-0 sweeping its way to the title.

Rouen won 5-2 on Sunday to claim the title. With the win Rouen booked a ticket to the European Cups in 2017. Rouen scored three late runs to pick up the win and the title. Senart led 2-1 into the eighth inning but couldn’t hold the lead.

Both teams headed into the title game undefeated. Senart advanced with a 6-0 win over Stade Toulousain while Rouen advanced with a 2-0 win over Montpellier.

The two teams will pick back up in the French Division I League this coming weekend facing off with one another in a battle of the top two teams.

Full Results and Box Scores

Photo by Rouen Huskies

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Euro League Games Postponed

Some bad news for the new Euro League Baseball came down from the CEB (European Federation) notifying the league that players competing in the ELB will not be able to participate in the European Champions Cup. So the games this coming weekend between Amsterdam Baseball and Draci Brno will have to be postponed since some of the L&D Amsterdam Pirates play for Amsterdam Baseball.

The players will be allowed to play after the European Champions Cup, but scheduling may be an issue for the ELB since the teams already have a full slate of league games.  The ECC will take place the first week of June. The league has not announced if/when the games will be rescheduled.

Press Release Euro League Baseball

(Amsterdam)- The management of Euro League Baseball and Team Amsterdam have decided to postpone the games of Team Amsterdam which were scheduled for May 15 and 16.

The reason for this, is the odd move of CEB (European Federation) to inform L&D Amsterdam that its players may not be eligible to play European Cup (EC) games if they participate in the ELB.

Rule:
All the players participating in the European Cups shall be:
– regularly registered with their club.
– regularly registered in the national competition with their club the running year, with which they participate in the European Cup competition. The player is not allowed to play for another team in the running year till the start of the European Cups.
In case of a complaint, the information received by C.E.B. from the National Federation, will rule.

The original reason for the introduction of the rule was to ban competition fraud, which is not the case in this particular situation. In the past, there has been similar situations which didn’t lead to disqualification. It’s comparable with college players returning to their parent club in Europe.

Despite we’re convinced that the rule is misused to put pressure on L&D Amsterdam to drop out, we can’t ask the team’s management to take the risk of losing players’ eligibility.

This is a big disappointment since the KNBSB (Dutch Federation) recently informed all involved parties that it agreed on the participation of its members in Team Amsterdam.

It’s still not clear why the turnaround in the approach of the CEB came so unexpected and not before this weekend, while they previously informed us that they would follow the National Federations.

We’ll keep you informed about any developments regarding team Amsterdam and are grateful for the big support we’ve received. We still believe the team would be a great addition for European baseball and its fans.

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The Independent San Rafael Pacifics Will Have First Woman Manager

The San Rafael Pacifics will make history this summer when Justine Siegal manages two games this June. It will be the first time a woman has managed a game in professional baseball.  San Rafael plays in the Pacific Association.

Siegal created the national organization “Baseball for All” and has done many other things in the past including being the first woman coach in a Major League organization when she became a guest instructor with the Oakland A’s.

You can read more about the games and about Siegal through the Pacifics official press release.

Pacifics Will Make History This Summer

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2016 China Baseball League Schedule Announced

The schedule for the 2016 season of the China Baseball League has been announced. Over at Chinese Baseball, William Chu has posted the schedule and format for the season.

The league will start later this month and continue through the end of August with the championship series coming in early September. The top two teams will face off in a best-of-five series to determine the winner.

The teams for 2016 are as follows:

Beijing Tigers
Shanghai Golden Eagles
Jiangsu Pegasus
Guangdong Leopards
Tianjin Lions
Sichuan Dragons

You can see the whole schedule over at Chinese Baseball.

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Germany: Stuttgart Reds Keep Lead in South Division

This past weekend in the German Bundesliga South Division the Stuttgart Reds held onto the top spot with a weekend sweep over the Bad Homburg Hornets. With the wins they hold a half game lead over three teams. All three teams tied for second place swept their weekend series as well.

The Reds took care of the Hornets 12-6 in Game 1 coming back after trailing 4-0 after two innings. Hagen Ratz settled down and allowed only one more run over the next four innings as the Reds bats came alive. The game was tied 6-6 going into the eleventh inning when the Reds exploded for six more runs to pick up the win.

The Reds pounded out 16 hits and walked eight times against Hornets pitching. Both Xavier Gonzalez (3-for-5) and Quinn Tiernan (3-for-6) led the way with three hits apiece. Marcel Hering pitched five innings in relief to pick up the win.

Game 2 was a close one as well as once again the Hornets jumped out early to a 2-0 lead. Xavier Gonzalez again had three hits in the contest as did Gavin Ng (3-for-5) who also stole two bases. David Rider pitched well to earn the victory going seven strong allowing just two runs, one earned.

The Reds (7-2) will face off with Heidenheim (9-3) the weekend after next. This series will start to possibly help separate the division leaders from the rest of the pack. Mainz will have the weekend off while Regensburg will play Mannheim.

Current German Budesliga South Division Standings:

  1. Stuttgart Reds 7-2
  2. Regensburg Leagionaire 9-3
  3. Mainz Athletics 9-3
  4. Heidenheim Heidekopfe 9-3
  5. Mannheim Tornados 4-4
  6. Haar Disciples 3-9
  7. Bad Homburg Hornets 1-9
  8. Tubingen Hawks 1-10

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Germany: Paderborn Sweeps Solingen; Bonn alone atop North Division

The Paderborn Untouchables swept the German Bundesliga North Division leading Solingen Alligators over the weekend. The two losses by Solingen dropped them from the top of the standings as they fell to 7-3. The wins for Paderborn were huge bringing them back to .500 and put them in the playoff hunt.

The Bonn Capitals stayed atop the standings after sweeping the Hamburg Stealers over the weekend winning 7-4 and 4-3. The wins gave the Capitals a two game lead in the division over the Alligators.

Bonn jumped out early in Game 1 against the Stealers with three runs in the first inning. Wilson Lee homered and drove in a pair of runs for Bonn in the win. Sascha Koch picked up the win for Bonn going six strong innings. Koch gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight. Nathan Poff homered in the loss for the Stealers.

Game two was a closer match with Bonn picking up a run in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. They held onto the lead for the sweep and a two game lead in the division. Wilson Lee again drove in two runs while Eric Brenk set the table from the top of the lineup going 2-for-3 and scoring twice. Lee also picked up the win on the hill tossing seven innings.

Bonn will travel to Solingen on the 21st of the month as the top two teams in the division will square off. Bonn will look to extend its lead while Solingen looks to end its losing streak. The league is off the next weekend and will pick back up May 20-21.

Upcoming North Division Schedule:

Bonn Capitals @ Solingen Alligators

Hamburg Stealers @ Cologne Cardinals

Current German Bundesliga North Division Standings:

  1. Bonn Capitals 9-1
  2. Solingen Alligators 7-3
  3. Paderborn Untouchables 5-5
  4. Hamburg Stealers 4-4
  5. Hanover Regents 4-6
  6. Cologne Cardinals 3-7
  7. Dortmund Wanderers 2-8

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2016 Independent Leagues

With the Major League Baseball season underway and the minor leagues already going strong, I thought we’d take a look at the independent leagues that will get going soon. Every year there seem to be new players and old ones going by the wayside. This year there are still a few strong leagues poised to have strong seasons.

Atlantic League

Easily the most successful league, the Atlantic League has been strong for years featuring many former MLB players. The eight team league has already kicked off the season with the league’s defending champion off to a 14-4 start as the Somerset Patriots continue to field a strong team. The league has also conditionally approved a 9th franchise for 2017 in the Virginia Beach Neptunes.

Frontier League

This coming week the longest running independent league will kick off its 2016 season. The league will feature 12 teams located around the mid-west all the way from Missouri to Pennsylvania. The Traverse City Beach Bums look to defend the franchise’s third title, but the first since the team moved from Richmond in 2006. The league has been going since 1993.

Empire Professional Baseball League

The newest entry into the independent game is the Empire League with four teams from the Northeastern US. The league is a replacement for the North Country Baseball League that lasted a single season. Three of the teams from the NCBL will play in the Empire League this summer starting in June.

Pecos League

The Pecos League is back for its 6th season with teams in the Southwestern USA.  The league will feature 10 teams with the Roswell Invaders looking to defend their 2015 title and third overall.  The league will kick off its season this coming week.

Pacific Association

The Pacific Association is back for its 4th season. The league has four teams around California. The season will begin in just under a month with the San Rafael Pacifics look to defend their 2015 title. The Pacifics are the two-time defending champs.

Canadian American Association

The Can-Am League kicks off its 12th season in just under two weeks time. The six team league looks to build on its experience and the support it has built up in Canada and in places like New York and New Jersey. The Trois-Rivieres Aigles look to defend their 2015 title and first in franchise history. The New Jersey Jackals will look to break through into the championship column after finishing runner-up for the past five seasons. The Jackals have won four championships in franchise history back in the old Northeast League Days of the last 90s early 00s.

American Association

The AA is back as well for its 11th season as the Laredo Lemurs look to defend their title from a year ago. The 12 team league has had some strong teams in recent years and has former MLB talent running several teams including last years champion Laredo with Pete Incaviglia. The league will kick off its 2016 season later this month.

We hope to bring you some updates on the leagues as the season progresses. We intend to take another look at the managers in the different leagues and highlight some of the up and coming stars there. We also hope to bring you some interviews and photos from some of the stadiums as we travel and take in a few games.

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Spain: Division de Honor News and Notes

The Spanish Division de Honor is through six weeks of play so far after today. So far the Astros Valencia are leading the way with a 10-2 record after sweeping their weekend series with San Inazio Bilbao. Right behind the Astros are the Tenerife Marlins at 9-3. The Marlins were leading the league but dropped two over the weekend to CB Barcelona who sites right behind the Marlins in third place at 8-4.

It appears the league will be a three team race as no other club is above .500 at this point in the season. However, there is a lot of baseball left to be played with eight more weeks to go.

The game of the week might have been the first game between the Marlins and CB Barcelona. Barcelona used two errors in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Marlins and pick up the win.

Both teams picked up great pitching performances from their starters. Elian Leyva tossed eight strong innings giving up just a single run while striking out eleven for Barcelona, but he did not factor into the decision. Eric Paez picked up the win for Barcelona pitching a scoreless ninth. Yorfrank Lopez pitched great for the Marlins giving up only two runs, both unearned, while striking out nine taking his first loss of the season.

Current Division de Honor Standings:

  1. Astros Valencia 10-2
  2. Tenerife Marlins PC 9-3
  3. CB Barcelona 8-4
  4. CBS Sant Boi 6-6
  5. San Inazio Bilbao 6-6
  6. Baseball Navarra 5-7
  7. CD Pamplona 4-8
  8. CB Viladecans 0-12

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France: Division 1 Schedule and Standings

With six weeks in the book so far in the French Division 1 season, the Senart Templiers are out in front of the standings at 12-0 after a weekend sweep of the Cubs last weekend. Right on the Templiers tail are the ever powerful Rouen Huskies who sit at 11-1 setting up a showdown this next weekend of the top two teams in the division.

The lone loss for the Huskies came in Week 6 with a 4-3 loss in Game 1 of their series with the Montpellier Barracudas. The Barracudas are the only other team in the league that are over .500 as they sit in third place at 8-4.

Senart will travel to Rouen this weekend in hopes of stretching their lead in the division. Montpellier will face off with Clermont at home hoping to push Clermont under .500 and move closer to one of the top two teams.

Both Rouen and Senart are getting it done on both sides of the ball. Rouen leads the league in both hitting at a .330 clip and ERA at just 1.60. Meanwhile, Senart is close behind in both categories as the only other team hitting over .300 at .304. The Templiers team ERA sits at a very good 2.02 which is a run better than the next best team.

Week 7 Schedule (5/15):

Senart Templiers @ Rouen Huskies

Clermont @ Montpellier Barracudas

Paris UC @ Chartres French Cubs

Savigny Lions @ State Toulousain

Current Standings:

  1. Senart Templiers 12-0
  2. Rouen Huskies 11-1
  3. Montpellier Barracudas 8-4
  4. Clermont 6-6
  5. Stade Toulousain 5-7
  6. Savigny Lions 3-9
  7. Chartres French Cubs 2-10
  8. Paris UC 1-11

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Euro League Baseball Begins Play

Perhaps the biggest development in European baseball this past year has been is the Euro League that was established and started play this spring.

Initially there are four teams playing in the league from different leagues around Europe. Amsterdam Baseball was created to compete in the league and will be comprised of some of the Dutch League Amsterdam Pirates.

Each team will play twelve games with six home and six away. The season began on April 19th and will continue through September.

This is a huge step forward in forming a Europe wide league that could encompass many of the great leagues that are already present in countries like Germany, Italy, France, and so many more.

Inaugural Euro League Teams:

Netherlands 
Amsterdam Baseball

German Bundesliga
Buchbinder Leagionaire
Haar Disciples

Czech Extraleague
Draci Brno

Stay tuned as we will bring you updates on games, standings, and news and notes from around the league as it progresses.

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College: Florida Remains Atop BA Top 25 Poll

The SEC is dominating the College Baseball world so far this year. The conference posted seven of the top thirteen teams in the latest Baseball America Top 25 poll.

Florida was once again the No. 1 team in the land after splitting a weekend series SEC rival South Carolina. Fellow SEC teams stayed at No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 3 Mississippi State.

Michigan, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, and Louisiana-Lafayette all fell out of the poll this week, while Florida Atlantic, Washington, Michigan State, and Creighton took their place.

Records indicated are through May 1 and do not include ties.

COLLEGE TOP 25
Rank Team W-L
Last Week
Previous Rank
1. Florida 37-7 1-1 1
2. Texas A&M 35-9 3-1 2
3. Mississippi State 30-14 3-1 3
4. Miami 33-8 3-0 4
5. Florida State 29-12 1-1 5
6. South Carolina
34-9 1-1 6
7. Mississippi 33-12 2-2 9
8. Texas Tech 34-13 3-1 13
9. Louisville 35-9 4-0 10
10. Vanderbilt 34-10 4-0 11
11. N.C. State
31-12 3-1 12
12. Texas Christian 30-12 2-2 7
13. Louisiana State 28-16 1-3 8
14. Rice 27-14 2-1 15
15. UC Santa Barbara 29-10 4-0 17
16. Virginia 30-17 4-0 22
17. Oregon State 28-12 2-2 18
18. Oklahoma State 28-15 3-1 25
19. Florida Atlantic 30-12 2-2 NR
20. Tulane 28-14 2-1 20
21. Southern Mississippi 31-14 2-2 14
22. Minnesota 27-13 2-2 24
23. Washington 25-15 3-1 NR
24. Michigan State 30-11 3-1 NR
25. Creighton
30-9 3-0 NR
Dropped out: Michigan (16), Coastal Carolina (19), East Carolina (21), Louisiana-Lafayette (23)

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High School: Baseball America Top 25

Dallas area high school Coppell remained at No. 1 in the Baseball America High School Top 25. So far the Coppell Cowboys have lost just once this season. Their lone loss came on April 15th against Euless Trinity and now they look to head into the state playoffs looking for the schools first Texas state title.

Three other Texas teams help fill out the Top 10 with No. 2 Deer Park, No. 6 Corpus Christi Calallen, and No. 8 Lake Travis out of Austin.

Rank School Record Previous Rank
1 Coppell (Texas) High 27-1 1
2 Deer Park (Texas) High 28-0 4
3 Douglas High, Parkland, Fla. 24-2 7
4 Buchanan High, Clovis, Calif. 23-1 6
5 Rockledge (Fla.) High 27-1 5
6 Calallen High, Corpus Christi, Texas 22-2 8
7 Archbishop McCarthy, Southwest Ranches, Fla. 25-2 2
8 Lake Travis High, Austin, Texas 26-1 11
9 Walton High, Marieta, Ga. 24-4 12
10 Basic High, Henderson, Nev. 28-4 NR
11 Jserra High, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 19-6 15
12 Bryant (Ark.) High 21-2 NR
13 Providence High, Charlotte, N.C. 22-2 21
14 Basha High, Chandler, Ariz. 23-4 19
15 De La Salle High, Concord, Calif. 15-3 25
16 Verdigris High, Claremore, Okla. 24-1 20
17 Canterbury High, Fort Myers, Fla. 26-1 23
18 O’Connor High, Phoenix, Ariz. 26-5 16
19 Davis (Calif.) High 18-3 9
20 Jackson High, Massillon, Ohio 16-0 22
21 Buford (Ga.) High 25-3 NR
22 Pope High, Marietta, Ga. 22-6 NR
23 Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High 16-6 3
24 St. Thomas Aquinas High, Overland Park, Kan. 14-1 25
25 Allatoona High, Acworth, Ga. 25-3 14

These rankings are compiled by a committee of voters from Baseball America and the Baseball Coaches Association. All records are as of May 1.

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Germany: Notes & Standings from the Bundesliga

As we take a quick look at the German Bunesliga we notice there are no more undefeated teams. In the South Division there is a log jam of teams at 7-3 creating an interesting set up for future match ups. Regensburg, Mainz, and Heidenheim are all sitting near the top of the standings in the North at 7-3. However, all of them are trailing Stuttgart right now who has started out 5-2.

Up north it is a different story. Solingen and Bonn are leading the North Division with 7-1 records and are slowly building a lead in the division with most teams already with losing records. The only other team in the division with a winning record is Hamburg (4-2).

Upcoming Series:

One of the more interesting series this coming weekend is Bonn and Hamburg. Bonn looks to keep its elite status in the North Division as it faces off with third place Hamburg in a weekend set. Co-division leader Solingen will take on Paderborn (3-5).

North Division Standings:

  1. Solingen Alligators 7-1
  2. Bonn Capitals 7-1
  3. Hamburg Stealers 4-2
  4. Hannover Regents 4-6
  5. Paderborn Untouchables 3-5
  6. Cologne Cardinals 3-5
  7. Dortmund Wanderers 0-8

South Division Standings:

  1. Stuttgart Reds 5-2
  2. Regensburg Leagionaire 7-3
  3. Mainz Athletics 7-3
  4. Heidenheim 7-3
  5. Mannheim Tornados 4-2
  6. Haar Disciples 3-7
  7. Bad Homburg Hornets 1-7
  8. Tubingen Hawks 1-8

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