Summer baseball leagues are in full swing, and Georgia State players and signees are scattered across the country working on their craft. Among the highlights, three Panthers in three different leagues are leading their respective teams in batting average, and another leads his league in home runs and RBI.
Read more about some of the current and future Panthers who are excelling this summer.
Infielder Matt Rose leads the Harrisonburg (Va.) Turks of the Valley League with a .408 batting average (third in the league) and nine RBI in 12 games. He was named the Turks “Week One Player of the Week” last week, which included an 11th-inning, game-winning home run.
Left-hander Garrett Ford is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA after three starts for the Turks. He was honorable mention Week Two Player of the Week after pitching 8.0 innings to earn a victory on Saturday.
Rising sophomore outfielder Ryan Blanton leads the Ocean State (R.I.) Waves with a .346 batting average, primarily from the leadoff spot. Last week, Blanton contributed a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning for a Waves victory.
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League
Playing for the D.C. Grays, outfielder Trae Sweeting leads the league with a .500 average (10-for-20) in eight games. The speedy sophomore has scored eight runs and stolen nine bases.
Also in the Ripken League is signee Tanner Love, a junior college pitcher from Middle Georgia College. In his first start for the Herndon Braves, the right-hander allowed just four hits and one unearned run in five innings to earn a victory.
GSU pitchers Kevin Burgee and Kenny Anderson, both rising seniors, are teammates on the St. Cloud Rox in the Minnesota-based Northwoods League.
Burgee is off to a tremendous start in the St. Cloud bullpen with a 2-0 record, three saves and an ERA of 0.00. In 8.2 innings, he has allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out 14.
After four starts, Anderson is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA.
In the Atlanta-based Sunbelt League, GSU signee Cam Sperry, an outfielder from Chattahoochee Valley C.C., is leading the league with four homers and 10 RBI in just four games for the Windward Braves.
Senior Connor Stanley, pitching for the Sag Harbor (N.Y.) Whalers, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances. He has eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
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