Lightning impresses in Collegiate Summer Leagues – 71Bait

KENT, OHIO- The Golden Flashes baseball team had an impressive summer in multiple collegiate leagues this summer.

Collegiate Summer Leagues are slugger leagues that give players the opportunity to show off their skills in a professional environment and continue to improve on the spring season.

Connor Ashby-IF – Chillicothe Paints – Prospect League

Ashby appeared in 25 games for the Paints that summer, recording a pair of doubles and a homer while driving in 13. Ashby has continued to show patience on the plate, completing 10 percent of his plate appearances and finishing fourth on the team for eight steals. He was a key member of the Paints’ Prospect League title.

Calvin Bickerstaff-RHP-Lakeshore Chinooks-Northwoods League

Bickerstaff was a staple of the Chinooks’ bullpen, leading the club with 17 appearances. In 32 innings, Bickerstaff went 3-3 with an earned running average of 3.09 sterling. The right-hander also hit 33 batters in his 32 innings against just four walks.

Peyton Cariaco-LHP-Macon (Ga.) Bacon-Coastal Plains League

Cariaco has established itself in the bacon rotation this summer. Through 37 innings, the lefty went 2-2 with an earned run average of 4.06 and a WHIP of 1.221 (walks+hits per pitched innings). In nine appearances and seven starts, Cariaco knocked out 32 batters, completed one game shutout and one save.

Jake Casey-OF-Johnstown Mill Rats-Prospect League

Casey absolutely raked for the Mill Rats this summer. In 47 games, Casey hit .273 and led the Mill Rats in home runs (8), runs batted in (31), runs (34), and hits (44). Casey also added nine doubles and four triples while playing 16-on-19 in stolen bases. He also worked on transitioning from an infielder to an outfielder this summer, playing the primary midfield role for the Mill Rats.

Eric Chalus-LHP-Lakeshore Chinooks-Northwoods League

Chalus earned an All-Star nod in the Northwoods League after a great start to his summer. In the team’s best 38 innings, the left-hander is 4-0 with an earned run average of 1.89. Chalus has continued to show swing-and-miss stuff with 44 strikeouts in his 38 innings against just eight walks.

josh johnson-OF-Lakeshore Chinooks-Northwoods League

Johnson has continued to impress after a strong 2022 season for the Golden Flashes. In 32 games, he finished with 28 hits and nine stolen bases. Johnson also had five doubles, a homer and 14 runs.

Hunter Klotz-C-Chillicothe Paints-Prospect League

Klotz was the Paints’ main catcher that season, appearing in 43 games. He led the club in 35 walks and added 21 RBI while hitting two doubles, a triple and two homers. Behind the plate, he had a .995 fielding percentage and knocked out nearly 20 percent of would-be base stealers. He played a big part in the Paints 2022 Prospect League Championship.

Caden Leonard-RHP-Keene Swamp Bats-New England Collegiate Summer League

Leonard worked in the Swamp Bats rotation and bullpen this summer. Over 14.1 innings and seven appearances, Leonard had finished two games to start a game. He showed swing and miss stuff and averaged one strikeout per inning.

Aidan Longwell-IF/LHP-Lakeshore Chinooks-Northwoods League

Longwell continued to show off his two-way skills, seeing time in both the Chinooks’ infield and the bullpen. At the plate, Longwell finished with 26 carries hit in 43 games with three doubles, three triples and four homers. From the bullpen, the left-hander appeared in seven games and went 2-0 on one save and a 3.38 earned running average. In eight innings, he allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six.

Justin Miknis-C-Cotuit Kettleers-Cape Cod League

Miknis served as the team’s main catcher, playing in 18 of the Kettleers’ 44 games that season. He was one of five players with multiple homers this summer, hitting two with a double and seven drive-ins. Behind the plate, he had the best fielding percentage among the team’s catchers and had just one error against 12 assists. He went on to thwart the running game by knocking down a pair of base stealers in 11 chances. Miknis also helped the Cotuit staff achieve a team earned run average of 3.32.

Jake Reifsnyder-IF – Chillicothe Paints – Prospect League

Reifsnyder joined the Paints midseason and played in 17 games. During his time with the Paints, he had 11 hits, including 1 double, 4 stolen bases and 7 runs batted in. He was also a key figure in the Paints Run to the Prospect League Championship.

The 2022-23 Golden Flashes baseball team will be in action at Schoonover Stadium this fall. Come out to see how Kent State take on Malone on Wednesday, October 5thfirst pitch is at 6 p.m

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