July 10, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB baseball players Chase Davis of the Lima Locos (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) and Dylan Munger from the San Luis Obispo Blues (California Collegiate League) were each recently named all-stars from their respected summer leagues. Both midsummer classic games will take place on Wednesday, July 11.
Munger, will play in Los Angeles at the MLB Urban Youth Academy Stadium in the CCL All-Star game, which will air on Fox College Sports Network and locally on Fox Sports South at 9 p.m. CT. Billy MacDonald and Steve Lyons will have the call.
The Blues are 21-11 overall and second in the league standings, thanks in part to a strong first half from Munger. The southpaw has contributed a perfect 2-0 record with a 1.50 ERA. He has yielded just four earned runs off 17 hits in 24 innings with 23 strikeouts compared to six walks.
Munger’s 1.50 ERA is the seven lowest in the CCL, while he has held opponents to a .193 batting average.
In Avon, Ohio, Davis will take the field at All-Pro Freight Stadium, representing the GLSCL’s top team, the Lima Locos, which sit at 17-7.
Davis owns the league’s third highest batting average at .413 (26-for-63), with 16 runs scored, 10 RBI and eight extra-base hits. Davis, who has played both corner infield positions and the outfield, is one of only three players in the league to have a batting average above .400.
OTHER NEWS & NOTES
NINE STRAIGHT HITS FOR AUSTIN: Former Blazer standout outfielder Jamal Austin, now a member of the Class-A Clinton LumberKings, collected hits in nine consecutive at bats over a two-game span. On June 30, Austin went a perfect 5-for-5 vs. the Beloit Snappers, before roping hits in his first four at bats on July 1 against the Burlington Bees.
The hits in nine-straight ball games set a LumberKings record and was just one hit shy of tying the Midwest League’s best mark of 10, set by Fort Wayne’s Rene Lopez from May 27-29, 1993.
Austin, who earlier in the season was named a Midwest All-Star, is hitting .298 (95-for-319) with 45 runs scored, 23 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
DE JESUS HEATS UP: Outfielder Ivan De Jesus has been swinging a hot bat for the Lima Locos as of late, raising his average to .370 (17-for-46), second best on the team trailing only Blazer teammate Chase Davis. Over a recent six-game span, De Jesus recorded five multi-hit games and went 15-for-27 (.556) at the plate.