BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Summer collegiate baseball is in full swing across the country, and five Camels are honing their skills in three leagues.
Jimmy Brenneman (Hamilton Joes / Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) – Brenneman still stands among the leaders in the Great Lakes League in a number of categories, tying for the lead in times hit by pitch with seven after leading the NCAA and setting a new school record in the spring at Campbell. The rising senior is second in walks with 15, tied for third in stolen bases with eight, forth in runs scored at 15, tied for 11th in hits at 21 and ranks 16th in batting average with a .323 clip. Over the last 14 games, Brenneman has notched a hit in 13 of them, with the only exception being a June 28 contest against the Lima Locos where Brenneman did not record an official at-bat. In that game, Brenneman walked, posted a sacrifice and was hit by a pitch in a 4-3 Joes win. He is hitting .340 over that span. The Joes are 9-13 on the year.
Ryne Briley (Gastonia Grizzlies / Coastal Plain League) – Briley is batting .169 for Gastonia, collecting 11 hits in 25 games with 21 starts. The Seattle Wash. native has scored seven runs and driven in six over the course of the summer. Briley has stolen six bases in nine attempts for the 15-15 Grizzlies.
Erick Gaylord (Watertown Wizards / Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League) – Gaylord has seen his summer average climb from .270 to .323 in a week, now standing just outside the PGCBL's top-15 (No. 15 owns a .324 batting average). The rising Campbell senior is also tied for third in the league in RBIs with 20 and second in stolen bases with 11. Gaylord has posted a pair of home runs with three doubles, scoring 13 times. The Wizards are 8-10 on the season, but are winners of five of their last seven (since June 28) after dropping five in a row from June 19-26.
Matt Marksberry (Hamilton Joes / Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) – Marksberry owns a 1-3 record and a 4.87 ERA in four starts for the Hamilton Joes. The Batavia, Ohio native has allowed only 15 hits in 20 1/3 innings, striking out 14. In his only appearance last week, Marksberry surrendered five runs, four earned, on five hits with three punchouts and a pair of walks in an 11-2 loss to the Southern Ohio Copperheads. The Joes are 9-13 on the year.
Ryan Mattes (Peninsula Pilots / Coastal Plain League) – Mattes has fashioned a 2.00 ERA in four appearances with a 1-0 record after picking up a win in his last appearance. The rising junior has fanned eight and walked only one in nine innings for the 18-13 Pilots.
Jake Smith (St. Cloud River Bats / Northwoods League) – Smith made his first appearance with St. Cloud on June 28, allowing one unearned run in 4 1/3 frames with five hits, three walks and a strikeout. In his next start, Smith picked up his first win of the summer, tossing six shutout innings with three hits and one strikeout. Smith has also made a pair of relief appearances, earning a save in his last outing, fanning two of the three batters he faced in a perfect inning against Duluth. The River Bats are 12-17 on the season, and are 6-4 in their last 10 games.