Illini Wrap Up Summer Action
Aug. 15, 2012
Fighting Illini players wrapped up action in summer leagues across the country, with many of them finishing strong. One of the most notable was sophomore-to-be Will Krug being named to the National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series All-Tournament team after leading the Crystal Lake Cardinals to the semifinals of the tournament.
For the summer, Krug hit a team-best .375 in 201 at bats, driving in 29 runs and scoring 45 while stealing 55-of-57 bases for the Cardinals. Fellow sophomore-to-be Anthony Milazzo posted solid numbers for Crystal Lake, going 2-3 with a 3.91 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. And former Illini Brian de la Torriente pitched valuable innings for the Cardinals, going 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 38 1/3 innings. Also in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League, redshirt-freshman-to-be P.J. Brennan went 3-2 with a 5.56 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 43 2/3 innings for the Homestead Ranchers, while redshirt-freshman-to-be Brian Kost was 2-1 with a 4.35 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 31 innings for the Ranchers.
In the Northwoods League, the Illini quartet playing for the Rochester Honkers played well down the stretch. Sophomore-to-be Reid Roper raised his average 21 points by going 9-for-21 over the final five games, including a contest in which he played each of the nine positions (August 8 against Alexandria). He also capped his summer by hitting a grand slam in the season final, a 6-0 Honkers win over St. Cloud. Roper hit .250, notched six home runs and drove in 30, while going 3-3 with a 4.07 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings pitched.
In that 6-0 victory, Illini senior-to-be Kevin Johnson helped shut out the Rox, tossing five scoreless innings and striking out four while allowing only two hits. He won his final three starts of the summer, striking out 11 in 18 innings while walking only five. He finished the summer 3-3 with a 5.22 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings.
The Parr twins also had a successful summer in Rochester, with senior-to-be Justin Parr wrapping up his NWL career on a team-record 24-game hit streak that pushed his average to a .370 mark that ranked third in the league. He had eight homers, 18 doubles, 44 RBIs, 48 runs and stole 26-of-28 bases. Junior-to-be Jordan Parr also hit well, finishing with a .284 average, eight home runs, 15 doubles, 36 RBIs, 35 runs and 14-of-15 steals.
In Waterloo, senior-to-be Davis Hendrickson hit .270 with four homers, 33 RBIs, 45 runs and 22-of-26 steals, while junior-to-be Thomas Lindauer hit .229 with 30 RBIs, 47 runs and 21-of-26 steals. And senior-to-be Brandon Hohl hit .256 with eight homers, 28 RBIs, 45 runs and 4-of-10 steals for Wisconsin Rapids while junior-to-be Ronnie Muck was 3-2 with a 5.45 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings pitched for the Rafters.
In the Prospect League, sophomore-to-be Michael Hurwitz led four Illini playing for the Springfield Sliders with a .289 average, four homers, 30 RBIs, 44 runs and 5-of-12 steals. Sophomore-to-be David Kerian hit .281 with four homers, 30 RBIs and 36 runs and sophomore-to-be Chase Hainline hit .238 with six RBIs and 19 runs. On the mound for the Sliders, Rob McDonnell went 1-2 with a 7.63 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings.
Drasen Johnson posted a solid summer for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League, going 2-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 26 2/3 innings. He started three games and pitched in relief in six others.
In the Midwest Collegiate League, junior-to-be Alex Lincoln helped the Northwest Indiana Oilmen to a 2012 MCL championship as he hit .217 with 10 RBIs and 11 runs in 25 games. Also in the MCL, redshirt-freshman-to-be Charlie Naso was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 24 innings of relief for the Southland Vikings.
Sophomore-to-be Kelly Norris-Jones hit a solid .333 with nine RBIs and 14 runs for the Jayhawk League's Derby Twins, while sophomore-to-be Tyler Hamer had a 2.81 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.
A pair of Illini pitched for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes League, as junior-to-be Luke Joyce and sophomore-to-be John Kravetz spent the summer there. Joyce struggled with consistency, going 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA and three strikeouts in six innings, while Kravetz was 1-2 with a 6.96 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 22 innings.