Blazer Flare in Summer Baseball Leagues

Rising junior Jeff Schalk smacked four home runs in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Aug. 7, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB baseball team has remained busy in the summer months, playing in summer leagues across the United States. Eight members of the 2014 squad have remained in action this summer.

In the Cape Cod Baseball League, rising junior Jeff Schalk was a member of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Schalk crushed four home runs on the season, which ranked eighth in the league. For his long ball prowess, Schalk was invited to the league's Home Run Derby. He hit for a .221 average on the summer and recorded 12 RBI, as well.

Griffin Gum, a rising redshirt sophomore outfielder, played for the Chugiak Chinooks of the Alaska Baseball League. Gum was an ABL All-Star and was a participant in the league's Home Run Derby. He hit at a clip of .274 in 124 at-bats for the season. His 20 runs scored was the fourth-best in the ABL and he finished seventh in doubles (7) and hits (34), as well.

UAB signee Johnny Lieske played for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. This summer, Lieske held a record of 1-1 in seven outings for the Bay Sox. He had an ERA of 3.00 with 31 strikeouts. For his efforts, Lieske was named to the Eastern Division All-Star squad, helping the team to a 2-1 victory against their Western Division-foes.

Matthew Furuto, a rising sophomore infielder, played in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League as a member of the Lima Locos.  Furuto was one of the Locos' top hitters, owning a .333 average in 69 at-bats. He hit seven doubles, which tied for 10th-best in the league. Furuto and the Locos begin their quest for the GLSCL Championship on Saturday, August 10 with a best-of-three series against the Licking County Settlers.

Rising sophomore infielder Jacob Armstrong played his summer ball for the Dubois County Bombers in the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League. In 37 games played, Armstrong hit .272 and scored 28 runs, which ranked sixth in the league.

Fellow rising sophomore pitcher Adam Lamar played for the Woodstock River Bandits in the Valley Baseball League. In 10 appearances, Lamar held a 2-1 record for the River Bandits. In addition, he owned a 2.45 ERA and struck out 22 batters while only walking seven. Lamar helped Woodstock to a North Division title, as well.

Lastly, rising junior pitchers Nick Altobella and Alex Luna were both members of the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League. Altobella saw action in nine games for the Sharks. He pitched a total of 10.1 innings for Wilmington, fanning 12 batters. Luna started six games for Wilmington, holding a 1-2 record on the season. He owned a 2.43 ERA, struck out 25, while only walking nine batters.