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Lancers stand out in summer baseball leagues

For the Longwood University baseball players spread across the eastern seaboard playing collegiate summer ball, the summer is just about at an end as the playoff push continues for some teams and the season is over for others. Lancers Cody Boydstun, Eric Crain, John Gregory, Jawan McAllister, Sammy Miller, Justin Mitchell, Ryan Shull and Antwaun Tucker have all but wrapped up the 2017 summer session ahead of the 2018 Longwood baseball season.

“The players that headed out for summer leagues did an outstanding job of representing our program,” Lancers Head Coach Ryan Mau said. “They were able to experience a lot of success and should be able to build off that going into this fall. We are excited for their return back to campus and look forward to seeing the strides they have made.”

Following are highlights from some of the Lancers active this summer.

Justin Mitchell – 1B/OF – Senior

Prospect League (West Virginia Miners)

Summer Stats: .313 batting average, 55-for-176, two home runs, nine doubles, one triple, 35 RBIs, 29 runs scored, 409 slugging percentage, .417 on-base percentage

Mitchell, a junior college transfer, burst onto the scene in his first season with Longwood, finishing second on the team with 32 RBI. As of Friday with the Miners, Mitchell had been riding a six-game hitting streak, putting together back-to-back two-hit games with three RBIs each.

Sammy Miller – OF – Senior

Coastal Plain League (Morehead City Marlins)

Summer Stats: .302 batting average, 49-for-162, one home run, two doubles, one triple, 21 RBIs, 28 runs scored, .346 slugging percentage, .421 on-base percentage

Longwood’s starting center fielder, Miller, led the team with 31 walks, a .402 on-base percentage, and 22 stolen bases in 2017. Miller has been the most consistent hitter on his summer squad, hitting .302, the second highest average on the team, in 48 games played with 43 starts — both team-high marks.

The Marlins, winners of six in a row entering Friday’s action, were making a push for the playoffs.

Cody Boydstun – RHP – Junior

Coastal Plain League (Morehead City Marlins)

Summer Stats: 2.96 ERA, 2-0 record, 17 appearances, 27.1 innings pitched, 32 strikeouts

A go-to bullpen arm in his sophomore season, Boydstun struck out 36 batters in 24.0 innings across 17 outings in 2017, a rate of 1.5 punchouts per inning pitched.

He picked up his second win of the summer with 3.0 innings without a hit or walk allowed and three strikeouts on Aug. 1 against Fayetteville.

Boydstun has put together a four-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio in a team-high 17 appearances.

John Gregory – LHP/1B – Sophomore

Valley League (Harrisonburg Turks)

Summer Stats: 4.33 ERA, 1-2 record, 12 appearances, three games started, 35.1 innings pitched, 35 strikeouts, two saves

As a freshman, Gregory was used exclusively as a relief pitcher, making 11 appearances for the Lancers with one save during the regular season.

With Harrisonburg, Gregory was one of the go-to arms, finishing second on the team with 35 strikeouts. The season ended July 30 for Harrisonburg with a 5-3 loss in the first round of the playoffs to the Waynesboro Generals.

Antwaun Tucker – IF/OF – Sophomore

Valley League (Staunton Braves)

Summer Stats: .274 batting average, 29-for-106, one home run, four doubles, two triples, 11 RBIs, 25 runs scored, .377 slugging percentage, .364 on-base percentage

A standout as a freshman Lancer, Tucker last played July 16 as a part of the 2017 Summer Showcase he took part in after being voted to the Valley League All-Star team.