A handful of Tars chose to use their summer to improve their game in collegiate leagues throughout the country. Here's a quick peek at how they have been doing:
Florida Collegiate Summer League
A total of eight Rollins players played in the FCSL this summer, across four separate teams. The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, who tied a league record for regular season wins after going 30-7, feature a quartet of Tars.
- Leading the way on offense is junior outfielder Luke Reidy, who has enjoyed a phenomenal summer. He appeared in 35 games for the Dawgs, slashing .341/.407/.470 with five doubles and four home runs. His batting average was the 5th highest in the league, and his 45 hits and 32 RBI were both second most in the league. Reidy was named an All-Star starter.
- Junior outfielder Cameron Meehan joined the Dawgs in mid-July and has provided a spark, hitting .324 in 11 games. He had a two-home run game on July 13th against the Leesburg Lightning.
- Tate Stone-Frisina took home the league ERA title after finishing the regular season with a 1.78 mark. In twelve appearances spanning 35.1 innings, the junior righty allowed only seven earned runs while also striking out 27 batters. He was named to the All-Star team, and also traveled to North Carolina in July as part of the Florida League Prospect Team.
- James Hoelle appeared in nine games for Winter Park, totaling 32 innings of work He was efficient in his outings, allowing 27 hits, striking out 28 and posting a 4.32 ERA.
- Jared Herron played in 28 games for the Sanford River Rats, seeing most of his time at 3rd base. He slashed .256/.376/.462 with seven doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI.
- Senior Sam LaFontaine also joined the Rats late in the season after working a summer internship. He played in nine games for Sanford.
- Redshirt Freshman Parker Smith made up for not playing in the spring by crushing it for the Seminole County Scorpions. He played in all 39 games for the Scorps, slashing .274/.393/.460. He had 12 extra-base hits, including a team-best seven doubles and 18 RBI.
- Pitcher Justin Driscoll saw action in nine games for the Winter Garden Squeeze, tossing 25.2 innings with 17 strikeouts.
South Florida League
Rollins sent a pair of arms to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area for the summer. Sophomore Kyle Kramer worked 18.1 innings for the Boynton Beach Buccaneers over ten games, tallying 23 strikeouts. Redshirt freshman Ryan Moore saw action in six games for the Pompano Beach Clippers, recording eleven punchouts in ten innings while only allowing seven hits.
Gulf Coast League
Kyle Bachle stayed near home for the summer, and played for the Sarasota Cat-5 in the newly formed Gulf Coast League. While stats for the games were not accessible, Bachle played well enough to earn a spot on the Blue All-Star team.
Junior catcher Joe Cosgrove hopped across the pond for his extra work this summer. Cosgrove was the starting catcher for the Ireland National Team who played in the European Baseball Championship July 1-6. Over the course of five games, Cosgrove hit .363 with two runs, a triple, four walks and two steals. He also appeared once on the mound, striking out five batters in two innings of work.