is a prime time for North Carolina A&T baseball players to prepare for
another year competition. While many
student-athletes spend the summer hours working out in the gym and getting a
jump start on their strength and conditioning, baseball players compete in
various wooden bat summer collegiate leagues around the region.
standouts Luke Tendler, Brandon Wilkerson, Stefan Jordan, Dairio Little, Andre
McKoy, Tyler Boone, Brent Moore and Shane Carter are all competing in various
summer leagues this offseason.
in summer leagues is important because our players can gain some more
experience and get some more reps, especially for the offensive guys," said
A&T head coach Joel Sanchez, who completed his first season at the helm of
the program in 2012. "And for the
pitchers, they get to continue to work on their stuff facing the wooden bat. For pitchers you can gain some confidence in
pitching more to contact."
summer collegiate leagues is not only a great way to stay in shape for the
upcoming 2013 season, but is a crucial way of showcasing their skills for
professional scouts, who are looking for players who can compete professionally
with wooden bats.
leagues are good leagues," Sanchez said. "You're facing good pitching and the
pitchers are facing some good hitters.
So they continue to get experience, continue to work on some
fundamentals of baseball that they can hopefully carry into the following
Aggies are succeeding in their summer league competition.
second-team third baseman Luke Tendler, who posted a 20-game hitting streak for
the Aggies this past season, is playing with the Asheboro Copperheads of the
Coastal Plains League. For the Aggies in
2012, Tendler batted .305 with 10 doubles, six triples, six home
runs and a team-leading 55 RBI. He was
one of five players to hit over .300 for the Aggies.
Aggies can be
found in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League and the Carolina-Virginia
Collegiate League as well. Rising
sophomore outfielder Brandon Wilkerson is a member of the Lake Norman
Copperheads while catcher and rising junior Stefan Jordan is competing with the
Pineville Pioneers in the SCBL.
Wilkerson, who ended the 2012 season with a pair of MEAC Rookie of the
Week honors, a .328 batting average, four doubles, five triples and 24 RBI, is
having a strong summer with the Copperheads.
Wilkerson has helped Lake Norman by hitting better than .300.
are the defending SCBL Champions, and are making a run for another title this
summer. Jordan had a strong year for the Aggies,
batting .260 for the Aggies in 40 games.
Kernersville Bulldogs in the CVCL feature rising senior outfielders Dairio
Little and Andre McKoy, and rising junior right-handed pitcher Tyler
Boone. The Bulldogs are at the top of
the standings, and are looking to win their 10th league championship
crown. McKoy is hitting the ball well,
scoring runs and stealing bases.
was the Aggies starting left fielder in 2012, batted .298 with 11 doubles,
three triples, three home runs and 31 RBI this spring for A&T. Little is also playing well. In 55 games for
A&T this year, the starting right fielder hit .264 with 13 doubles and 28
RBI, with a team-high 28 walks. Boone
has tallied a 2.74 ERA (7 ER/23.0 IP) with a 4-2 record in six starts. He has struck out 22 and allowed just eight
walks this season for the Bulldogs.
Boone posted a 5-6 record and a 4.68 ERA (40 ER/77.0 IP) with 51
strikeouts for A&T as the No. 2 starter in 2012.
is competing in the Greensboro National Adult/Collegiate Baseball League. The
southpaw pitcher and rising senior is a member of the Greensboro Reds
finished the 2012 season with a team-best 3.01 ERA, a 5-6 record and 37
strikeouts in 74.2 innings. He's picked
right up where he left off in May with the Aggies. Moore holds a 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP after 15
innings pitched. He's fanned 12 and
allowed just one walk in three appearances for a 2-1 record for the Reds.
sophomore pitcher Shane Carter is competing with the Western Forsyth Post 522
team this summer. He's tossed 17.1
innings over three appearances so far this summer.
A&T student-athletes involved in summer leagues is a priority for the
baseball coaching staff.