July 15, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - A number of Saint Joseph's baseball players have performed well and earned All-Star honors while playing in various summer leagues in 2008. Six Hawks were named to their league's respective All-Star teams.
Rising juniors Matt Barnathan and Randy Mower have been named Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars. Barnathan, a member of the Long Island Mustangs, will play for the Kaiser Division All-Stars. The outfielder has a .296 average in 28 games, ranks second on the club with 14 runs batted in, and leads the team with 20 walks.
Mower was tabbed for the Wolff Division squad as a member of the Quakertown Blazers. The southpaw has put up stellar numbers, notching a 5-0 record and a 2.76 earned run average in eight appearances. He has two complete games and has fanned 28 hitters while walking just six in 42.1 innings.
Joe Cook currently leads the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League in hitting with a .449 average in 20 games for the first-place Maryland Orioles West. He leads the team with 31 hits, eight doubles, and nine stolen bases, while ranking second with 18 runs scored and 12 walks. Cook was named to the MCBL All-Star squad, which fell to the Clark Griffith League All-Stars, 4-3, on July 5th.
Rising senior Justin Trudell is among the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League leaders with a 5-0 record and a 1.84 earned run average in 44.1 innings. The fireballer, playing for the Protocall Starz, has notched 44 strikeouts against just 18 walks. For his efforts, Trudell was named an ABCCL All-Star for the second year in a row.
Rising senior closer Chris Prescott was named to the All-Star team for the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Prescott, playing for the North Shore Navigators, leads the NECBL with eight saves. He has a 0.73 earned run average after allowing just a single earned run in 12.1 innings of work. He has also notched 16 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .095 batting average in his 12 appearances.
Finally, Ben Wendle was selected to the Valley Baseball League All-Star squad but did not play in the game due to injury.