Returning Boilers Summer League Update No. 1

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Kyle Bischoff is off to a good start while playing primarily third base in the Prospect League.
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Kyle Bischoff is off to a good start while playing primarily third base in the Prospect League.
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June 13, 2011

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Bischoff | Dixon | Hansen | Miller | Perkins | Plawecki | Sudbury | Wittgren

June 14 Boilers in the Pros Update: Purdue alumni Dan Black, Mitch Hilligoss and Josh Lindblom have each enjoyed some recent success at the pro level.

Black (2007-09) has been on a recent tear for the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League, going 7-for-11 with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in his last three games (as of June 13). He has homered in three straight games and four of the last five. Black has connected for 10 home runs this season and leads Kannapolis with 19 doubles and 43 RBIs.

Hillgoss (2004-06) played all 23 innings at third base for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans June 12 in a wild extra-innings thriller with the Kinston Indians. The game was played in six hours and 27 minutes after Hilligoss tied it with a two-out single in the ninth inning. June 8, he delivered a walk-off double in the 12th inning of a 5-4 victory against Winston-Salem. He was 4-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs in the win.

In the Big Leagues, Lindblom (2007-08) pitched two innings of hitless relief June 13 against the Cincinnati Reds in his longest relief outing since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 30. He retired five of the six batters he faced. Lindblom has now pitched in six games for the Dodgers, surrendering only one run. 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Highlighted by David Miller's first-place Asheboro team in the Coastal Plain League and Cameron Perkins' nine-game hitting streak in the Northwoods League, a number of returning Purdue baseball players are off to good starts in their summer collegiate wood bat leagues.

Miller has seen action in each of the first 12 games for the Asheboro (N.C.) Copperheads, helping his team race out to a league-best 10-2 record thanks in part to a recent eight-game winning streak. June 11 in a walk-off win against Martinsville (Va.), he delivered the game-winning double with a runner on first base and two outs in the ninth inning. He was also on base in the 12th inning of a June 9 walk-off victory versus Outer Banks (N.C.). As of Sunday, the shortstop is batting .234 (11-for-47) with seven walks and eight RBIs.

Perkins has reached base safely in 11 of his first 12 games for the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks. He has raised his batting average over .100 points during his current nine-game hitting streak and is now hitting .304 (14-for-46) with five doubles.

Meanwhile elsewhere in the Northwoods League, Andrew Dixon has already been part of three walk-off wins with his Duluth (Minn.) Huskies team. Dixon walked and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth in the June 2 win against St. Cloud (Minn.). June 7 and 8, the Huskies scored multiple runs in their last at-bats to win twice more in walk-off fashion versus Mankato (Minn.). In the 10-inning victory on June 8, Dixon led off the four-run frame with a walk and scored on a bases-loaded triple. The outfielder has reached base safely in each of the first 10 games in which he has played, batting .250 (9-for-36) with seven walks.

Action in the prestigious Cape Cod League got underway this weekend and Kevin Plawecki and Nick Wittgren helped lead their Hyannis (Mass.) Harbor Hawks to wins in each of their first two games.

Wittgren starred on the mound in the schedule-opening win at Wareham (Mass.) June 10. He worked 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out five of the nine batters he faced to earn the win in the 10-inning victory. After Hyannis took the lead in the top of the 10th, Wittgren stranded the potential tying run at third base, pitching over an error by striking Wareham's No. 3 hitter, William Carmona of Stony Brook, for the second out of the inning. Carmona, a Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2011, was 3-for-4 with a home run entering his at-bat against Wittgren.

Plawecki started at catcher and collected a hit in both victories. In the Wareham win, he drove in Harbor Hawks' first run of the season with a fourth-inning sac fly. In this sixth inning, he put the ball in play with runners on second and third and two outs. Both runners scored after the second baseman was unable to make the play.

Closer to home in the Prospect League, Kyle Bischoff and Mike Sudbury have made some early contributions. Bischoff has reached base safely in each of his first seven games, hitting safely in six of the seven, for the Richmond (Ind.) RiverRats. In a wild walk-off win against the Butler (Pa.) Blue Sox on June 7, he delivered a two-run double in the ninth inning. It turned into an inside-the-park home run after an error. Richmond won the game moments later on a walk-off home run. Bischoff has seen action at third base, first base and catcher and is batting .320 (8-for-25) with five RBIs.

Jake Hansen also recently joined the RiverRats and delivered a two-run single in his first game, a June 11 victory against Chillicothe (Ohio).

Also in the Prospect League, Sudbury earned a save while closing out a June 6 win for his Springfield (Ill.) Sliders team at DeKalb County (Ill.). The lefty retired all four men he faced in relief, working a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning after leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. Sudbury has pitched in three games and also got a chance to bat twice and play left field in a June 5 slugfest with Quincy (Ill.).

Player Team Location League
Kyle Bischoff Richmond RiverRats Richmond, Ind. Prospect
Lance Breedlove East LA Dodgers Los Angeles Western Baseball
Jack DeAno Waterloo Bucks Waterloo, Iowa Northwoods
Andrew Dixon Duluth Huskies Duluth, Minn. Northwoods
Pat Gannon Waterloo Bucks Waterloo, Iowa Northwoods
Jake Hansen Richmond RiverRats Richmond, Ind. Prospect
David Miller Asheboro Copperheads Asheboro, N.C. Coastal Plain
Cameron Perkins Waterloo Bucks Waterloo, Iowa Northwoods
Kevin Plawecki Hyannis Harbor Hawks Hyannis, Mass. Cape Cod
Mike Sudbury Springfield Sliders Springfield, Ill. Prospect
Nick Wittgren Hyannis Harbor Hawks Hyannis, Mass. Cape Cod