Illini in Summer Ball Update 1
July 5, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A number of Fighting Illini players have proved to be key contributors on their summer teams as many leagues hit the halfway point of their summer schedule in early July. Senior outfielder Justin Parr ranks 10th in the Northwoods League in batting average at .358 while senior outfielder Davis Hendrickson leads the NWL with five triples. Sophomore outfielder Will Krug's 14 stolen bases pace the Chicago Suburban Baseball League.
In addition to his .358 average, Parr has five doubles, one home run, 14 RBIs and 17 runs for the Rochester Honkers, and is hitting .423 (11-for-26) in the last six games. Also on the Honkers, junior first baseman Jordan Parr is hitting .233 with two hhomers, two doubles, a triple, 10 RBIs and 10 runs. Sophomore Reid Roper is hitting .227 with three homers, four doubles, a triple, 14 RBIs and 12 runs, while posting a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings over six appearances. Senior pitcher Kevin Johnson has scuffled so far this summer, going 0-1 with a 6.09 ERA in 23 2/3 innings over five appearances.
Also in the NWL, senior third baseman Brandon Hohl is hitting .282 with three homers, six doubles, a triple, 14 RBIs and a team-high 27 runs for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Junior pitcher Ronnie Muck posted scoreless outings in seven of 14 appearances and is 2-1 with a 4.10 ERA and one save with 26 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings. Hendrickson is thriving with the Waterloo Bucks, hitting .284 with a homer, two doubles, five triples, 19 RBIs and 24 runs, while stealing 12-of-13 bases. Junior shortstop Thomas Lindauer has stolen 10-of-12 bags despite hitting .210 with four doubles, 15 RBIs and 20 runs.
In the Prospect League, four Illini have been very valuable for the Springfield Sliders. Sophomore infielder David Kerian is hitting .305 with three homers, five doubles, a triple, 20 RBIs and 18 runs, while sophomore infielder Michael Hurwitz is hitting .263 with two homers, three doubles, two triples, 19 RBIs, 23 runs and a league-leading 31 walks. Sophomore outfielder Chase Hainline is hitting .212 in limited playing time. Sophomore pitcher Rob McDonnell is back in action after missing most of the spring, going 1-2 with a 6.97 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.
Sophomore outfielder Will Krug is hitting .352 with five doubles, 12 RBIs, 16 runs and a league-leading 30 stolen bases in 29 games for the Crystal Lake Cardinals and sophomore pitcher Anthony Milazzo has struck out 27 against only six walks in 23 innings of work, posting a 1.96 ERA. Recently graduated pitcher Brian de la Torriente is 2-0 for the Cards with a 3.47 ERA in 23 1/3 innings.
Also in the CSBL, sophomore pitcher Josh Ferry has a 0.90 ERA and is 1-0 with seven strikeouts in 10 innings of work over two starts for the Lombard Orioles. Redshirt-freshman P.J. Brennan has a 9.98 ERA in 15 1/3 innings and redshirt-freshman Brian Kost has an 8.00 ERA in nine innings, both for the Homestead Ranchers.
Drasen Johnson is Illinois' lone player with the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League this summer and he is thriving, holding a 2-0 record with a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings, striking out 18 and walking one. Most recently, he led the SwampDogs to a 3-2 victory on July 4 by allowing only one run on six hits and no walk over seven innings, striking out one.
In the Great Lakes League, sophomore John Kravetz and junior Luke Joyce both are pitching for the Lake Erie Monarchs. The pair of Illini are struggling, with Kravetz holding a 1-2 record and 7.29 ERA in 21 innings over five appearances, and Joyce posting a 13.50 ERA in four innings over three appearances.
Farther west, sophomore catcher Kelly Norris-Jones and sophomore pitcher Tyler Hamer are leading the Derby Twins of the Jayhawk League. Norris-Jones is hitting .314, third-best on the team among regular players, with three doubles, seven RBIs and 12 runs. Hamer has a 2.54 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with 13 strikeouts.
Closer to home, redshirt-freshman Charlie Naso is excelling for the Southland Vikings of the Midwest Collegiate League, posting a 2.38 ERA that ranks ninth in the league. He has 24 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings over eight appearances. Also in the MCL, junior catcher Alex Lincoln is hitting .200 with six RBIs and seven runs for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen.