WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue baseball's Skyler Hunter was part of a summer ball championship celebration the same weekend that alumnus Matt Frawley made his team debut with the Tampa Yankees after a promotion to the Florida State League.
Hunter's Palm Springs Power completed their championship season in the Southern California Collegiate League with a 35-3 overall record, sweeping the San Diego Force in the championship series. The Power clinched its eighth SCCBL title Saturday (July 22). Hunter led the SSCBL with 55 hits and drove in the first run in the Power's series-opening win in San Diego.
Frawley (2014-16) was promoted in the New York Yankees farm system last week, joining the Tampa Yankees of the Class A Advanced Florida State League. He was credited with the win in his team debut Friday (July 21), working 2 2/3 innings of one-run relief. He recorded three strikeouts and did not walk a batter. While pitching for three different minor league teams this season, Frawley has 59 strikeouts vs. just 6 walks in 54 innings pitched -- a 9.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also has a 0.93 WHIP and 1.50 ERA, surrendering just 44 hits and one home run in the 54 innings. The Yankees acquired him in a trade with the Pirates last month.
The SCCBL was one of the first summer wood bat leagues to wrap up its season. Hunter recorded 17 multi-hit efforts in his 34 games, batting .393 with 10 doubles and 33 RBI. The Power set 10 team records while averaging over 10 runs a game en route to a plus-283 run differential. Harry Shipley and Daniel Sander (2015-16) helped Palm Springs win its last SSCBL title in the summer of 2015.
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OTHER PLAYOFF-BOUND BOILERMAKERS IN SUMMER LEAGUES
Jacson McGowan, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of Northwoods League -- Clinched the first-half South Division title and has a league-best 38-13 overall record. NWL playoffs begin Aug. 14.
Stephen Kalina, Healdsburg Prune Packers of California League -- Clinched a playoff berth in the North Division and leads the division with a 24-9 record. CCL playoffs begin July 28.
Kyle Van Hoeck, Lake Erie Monarchs of Great Lakes League -- Clinched the Northern Division title with a 22-10 record. GLSCL playoffs begin Aug. 1.
Evan Kennedy and Evan Warden's Lafayette Aviators (28-20) remain in first place in the West Division of the Prospect League. Prospect League playoffs begin Aug. 6.
Harry Shipley and Bryce Bonner's Victoria HarbourCats (9-6) are tops in the West Coast League's second-half standings in the North Division and now have a division-best 23-19 overall record.
Alec Olund's Northwest Indiana Oilmen have won seven straight as of July 23 to move within a half game of first place in the Midwest Collegiate League and should qualify for the playoffs, which begin in early August.
RECENT SUMMER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS
Shipley has played in some wild games recently for the Victoria HarbourCats. He batted twice in an eight-run ninth inning as Victoria rallied to force extra innings in a 14-12 win at Gresham on July 22. Six days earlier, he was 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI and three runs scored in a 17-17 tie vs. Burnaby on July 16. Multiple runs were scored in 11 different half innings.
Kennedy remains one of the hottest hitters in the Prospect League. He's compiled an impressive .351/.529/.743 slash line in his 24 games since recovering from a wrist injury that had sidelined him since the end of March. He homered twice in a July 15 win and five times over a six-game stretch from July 13 to 18. The rising senior had four hits and four RBI in a July 18 win and recently had a seven-game RBI streak. Kennedy played first base in Caleb Sleeman's seven-inning no-hitter vs. Kokomo on Sunday (July 23).
McGowan had 10 RBI over a four-game stretch sandwiched around the Northwoods League all-star break. He had consecutive three-RBI games before the break and a four-RBI effort in the nightcap of a July 22 doubleheader against Mike Madej's Kenosha Kingfish. Madej recorded consecutive two-hit games in the series with Wisconsin Rapids.
After helping the East Division team win the July 22 Cape Cod League All-Star Game, Nick Dalesandro had an opportunity to be part of the CCBL's practice day at Fenway Park on July 24.
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Josh Lindblom (2007-08) worked four innings of scoreless two-hit ball in his July 22 season debut for Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Nick Wittgren (2011-12) earned his third win of the season July 22 in Cincinnati after working a scoreless inning of relief for the Miami Marlins. He struck out Reds slugger Adam Duvall to strand runners on the corners in the fifth inning and then got a rare at-bat as a relief pitcher in the top half of the following frame after the Marlins took the lead on catcher J.T. Realmuto's second home run of the night. Wittgren struck out Joey Votto the following day.
Cameron Perkins (2010-12) made highlight reels for a leaping catch at the wall in left field while colliding with Philadelphia Phillies teammate Odubel Herrera on July 17 in Miami. Perkins robbed Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton of extra bases with the catch. He had two hits and two RBI the following day in a Phillies win. A pinch-hit RBI double highlighted another two-hit effort July 22 in a game in which he got an opportunity to play first base in the big leagues for the first time.
Kyle Wood (2013-16) homered in consecutive games (July 20-21) for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League. As of July 23, Windy City leads the wild card race in the Frontier League's East Division. The playoffs begin Sept. 5.
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