High standard set in collegiate summer ball

Published 8:31 am Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Longwood University provided an update on six of its baseball players in a July 25 press release. Nate Blakeney, Daniel Brandon, Eric Crain, Nick Fuchs, Jawan McAllister and Antwaun Tucker are each competing in premier summer leagues across America and Canada.

Nate Blakeney – IF – Junior

Coastal Plain League (Asheboro Copperheads)

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Summer Stats: .220 BA, 9-for-41, 2 HR, 1 2B, 8 RBI, 9 R, 11 K, 8 BB, .390 SLG%, .365 OB%, 0-0 SB

Nate Blakeney has been limited to just 14 games this summer, last playing June 28 for the Asheboro Copperheads. Longwood’s power-hitting infielder is primed for a big season as the rising junior is the returning leader in a number of offensive categories, including average (.260) and hits (53).

Daniel Brandon – LHP – Sophomore

Valley League (Harrisonburg Turks)

Summer Stats: 6.95 ERA, 2-0, 14 APP, 0 GS, 0 CG, 22.0 IP, 25 H, 17 R, 17 ER, 11 BB, 23 K, 0 SV, .294 BAA

Daniel Brandon has averaged a strikeout per inning with the Harrisonburg Turks this summer and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than 2:1 through 14 appearances. Recently Brandon has been in decent form, holding opponents to five hits and two walks in the last four outings, spanning 4.2 innings pitched. On the season Brandon has struck out at least one batter in 12 of his 14 appearances.

Eric Crain – OF – Redshirt Senior

Western Major Baseball League (Edmonton Prospects)

Summer Stats: .338 BA, 26-for-77, 1 HR, 4 2B, 1 3B, 13 RBI, 15 R, 14 K, 6 BB, .455 SLG%, .384 OB%, 2-2 SB

After a nine-game hitting streak raised his average from .250 to .383, capped by a 4-for-6 game with three runs scored July 17, Crain has established himself as one of the top threats in the Edmonton Prospect lineup and is holding down cleanup duties. He is third on the team in average and has collected eight multi-hit games in 21 games played.

Nick Fuchs – RHP – Redshirt Junior

Prospect League (Butler BlueSox)

Summer Stats: 4.61 ERA, 3-1, 6 APP, 6 GS, 0 CG, 27.1 IP, 27 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 15 BB, 26 K, 0 SV, .262 BAA

Nick Fuchs has been a reliable arm for the Butler BlueSox, picking up a win in half of his starts this season. After a great start to the summer, Fuchs finished strong by coming within one out of a quality start July 12 against Chillicothe with 5.2 innings of three-run ball and 10 strikeouts. Fuchs is likely done for the summer, being shut down with an injury July 14.

Jawan McAllister – OF – Redshirt Senior

Cal Ripken League (D.C. Grays)

Summer Stats: .265 BA, 26-for-98, 3 HR, 3 2B, 2 3B, 16 RBI, 19 R, 15 K, 14 BB, .426 SLG%, .366 OB%, 15-16 SB

Jawan McAllister was a bright spot for the D.C. Grays throughout the summer as a power threat at the plate and a threat to go on the bases. He picked up eight extra-base hits in 33 games and stole 15 bases in 16 tries. He’s tied for seventh in the league in stolen bases. His play helped the D.C. Grays finish second in the Cal Ripken Collegiate South, qualifying for the playoffs. McAllister ended his season with a 2-for-4 game and two RBIs, also drawing a walk in the first round of the League Championship Series on July 22.

Antwaun Tucker – SS – Junior

Coastal Plain League (Wilson Tobs)

Summer Stats: .359 BA, 14-for-39, 0 HR, 3 2B, 1 3B, 9 RBI, 9 R, 9 K, 7 BB, .487 SLG%, .468 OB%, 2-3 SB

A great start to the season for Antwaun Tucker earned him a spot on the CPL Select Team, a unique opportunity for Coastal Plain League (CPL) players to compete in an exhibition against the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on June 27, but Tucker missed that game and has been sidelined with an injury since June 21. The rising junior played in just 13 games this summer.