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Auburn Baseball Summer Update: August 7

Aug. 7, 2008

Cape Cod League
Today is the final day of the regular season on the Cape before the playoffs begin on Saturday ... Cotuit, where Kevin Patterson has been playing, goes into the final day in first in the Western Division but still not assured of a playoff spot while Joseph Sanders' Harwich Mariners are in second in the Eastern Division and have already locked up a playoff spot ... Falmouth, where Brian Fletcher is playing, is third in the West and plays the second-place team tonight with a playoff spot on the line ... As for Patterson's numbers, he upped his average to .297 over the past week and continues to lead the team in RBI, registering 27 so far ... Sanders is hitting .273 with a team-high 11 doubles (tied for third in the Cape) and four RBI, driving in 17 runs ... Fletcher is down to .153 in 98 at bats with six doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBI.

Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League
Ben Jones and the Bethesda Big Train came up a game short of reaching the finals in the Cal Ripken, Sr., Collegiate Baseball League, falling 16-10 to the league runner-up College Park Bombers, 16-10, a week ago ... Jones did not play in the loss and finished the summer hitting .229 in 83 at bats, collecting five doubles, a triple and two home runs, driving in 11 runs and scored 14.

Coastal Plain League
Sean Ray and the Peninsula Pilots secured the No. 4 seed in the Petitt Cup Tournament and advanced onto the semifinals with a 4-1 win Thursday morning at Capital City Stadium in Columbia, S.C. ... Ray earned the win in his final regular season outing, tossing 4.1 innings of one-hit relief, striking out five in Monday's 4-3 come-back win ... Heading into the playoffs, Ray was 1-2 with a 5.21 ERA in eight appearances (two starts), logging 19.0 innings and striking out 22.



Florida Collegiate League
Tony Caldwell and the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs lost a stunner in the semi-finals of the Florid Collegiate Summer League playoffs, allowing the regular season champion Belleview Bulldogs to score six runs after there was one out in the ninth to end the Diamond Dawgs season ... Caldwell finished the season hitting .283 in 99 at bats with eight doubles, two triples, a homer and 16 RBI while scoring 13 runs ... A complete recap of the season can be found here ... As for fellow FCSL participant Scott Shuman, his Orlando Suns squad was knocked out of the playoffs by Caldwell's Dawgs in the play-in game ... Shuman finished the summer 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in five starts, registering a complete game in one of his starts ... In 28.0 innings, he struckout 25 while issuing just nine walks ... To read a complete recap on the Suns' season, click here

Clark Griffith League
Chris O'Neil and Rus Harper's summer with the Fairfax Nationals came to a close last week with a 6-2 loss to the Beltway Blue Caps in the Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League playoffs ... O'Neil got the start and took the loss in the elimination game, surrendering two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings, striking out five ... O'Neil finished the regular season 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 24.2 innings, appearing in nine games (two starts) while Harper was 2-2 with a 5.34 ERA in 30.1 innings, making nine appearances (five starts) and striking out 28.

New England Collegiate League
David Cunningham and the Newport Gulls have advance to the NECBL best two-out-of-three championship series, which begins on Saturday ... Newport is undefeated in four games in the playoffs, winning 9-2 and 9-3 to advance past Manchester in the quarterfinals and then 13-5 and 6-3 to knock out Pittsfield in the Southern Division Championship Series ... Cunningham is hitting .400 in the playoffs, stroking a double and driving in a run in two games (five at bats).

Valley League
The Valley League put the finishing touches on its summer season with a championship game on Wednesday night ... It was once again a successful summer for the Tigers playing in the league as Jon Luke Jacobs finished the summer 4-1 with two saves and a 1.84 ERA in 44.0 innings of relief, striking out 72 while walking just 13 ... His teammate, Austin Hubbard, was 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 20.2 innings, fanning 24 ... Fauquier went 0-2 in the playoffs while Winchester, whom Trent Mummey and Bradley Hendrix both played for, went 1-2.

Check back next week for complete stats on all of the Tigers that participated in summer ball. is once again following the student-athletes around the nation this summer. If someone is missing from the list, please contact Dan Froehlich at

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