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Bronco Baseball Summer Ball Update

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 07/25/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Several members of the Western Michigan baseball team are tearing it up in their respective summer ball leagues. Outfielder Jared Kujawa and left-handed pitcher Steve Laudicina each recently earned all-star recognition. Those two, as well as shortstop Andrew Sohn and right-handed reliever Gabe Berman are among statistical leaders in their leagues.

Kujawa represented the Lake Erie Monarchs on the North All Star Team in the Great Lakes League. He ranks third in the GLL with a .351 batting average through 23 games. Kujawa also has one home run, six doubles, 33 hits, seven RBIs and five stolen bases.

Laudicina made the East All Star squad in the Prospect League while playing for the Chillicothe Paints. Laudicina currently leads the Prospect League with seven wins, touting a 7-2 record, and ranks fourth in the league with a 1.72 ERA. He has thrown one complete game and allowed just 10 earned runs over 52.1 innings. He has struck out 36 and walked just nine batters.

Playing for the Alexandria Blue Anchors, Sohn leads the Northwoods League in hits (77) and is fourth in batting average, hitting .356 over the course of 52 games. He also ranks in the top five in the league with 14 doubles and 23 stolen bases. Sohn also has five home runs to his credit. He was named Northwoods Player of the Night July 4, after leading his team to a 10-9 victory with a 4-for-5 evening at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs.

Berman has seven saves for the Battle Creek Bombers, tying for the sixth most saves in the Northwoods League. Berman has appeared in 20 games and thrown 24 innings, striking out 27. He has a 2.63 ERA. Berman was recently recognized by the Jewish Sports Review as a 2013 Division I College Baseball First Team All-American for his freshman collegiate season.

“It is great to see our guys continue to improve and put up great stats in their respective summer leagues,” said WMU head coach Billy Gernon. “Player development is without question a process, not a strike of a match and this summer has been instrumental for our players in regards to confidence and skill enhancement.

Andrew Sohn is having an amazing summer, coming off a college season where he was First Team All-Mid-American Conference as a sophomore. His numbers have been outstanding all year.”

A total of 13 Broncos are suiting up on 10 different teams in leagues around the nation. The NCAA sanctions these wood bat leagues, some of which are sponsored in part by a donation from Major League Baseball. Several leagues exist throughout the country and teams are comprised of the top college players from North America and beyond. These summer leagues represent the highest level of pre-professional amateur baseball. Players are not paid so as to maintain their NCAA eligibility.

Player - Team (Location) - League - stats/roster link
Gabe Berman - Battle Creek Bombers (Battle Creek, Mich.) - Northwoods - stats
Vinnie Booker - Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, Ohio) - Prospect - stats
Nick Bradley - Lake Erie Monarchs (Maumee, Ohio) - Great Lakes - stats
Steve Buglione - Arvada Colts (Arvada, Colo.) - Rocky Mountain - stats
Brandon Cable - Rockford Foresters (Rockford, Ill.) - Midwest - stats
Kurt Hoekstra - Rockford Foresters (Rockford, Ill.) - Midwest - stats
Jared Kujawa - Lake Erie Monarchs (Maumee, Ohio) - Great Lakes - stats
Steve Laudicina - Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, Ohio) - Prospect - stats
Will Nimke - Plymouth Pilgrims (Plymouth, Mass.) - New England - stats
Theo Piccirilli - 22U Michigan Bulls (Novi, Mich.) - stats
Derek Schneider - Springfield Sliders (Springfield, Ill.) - Prospect - stats
Andrew Sohn - Alexandria Blue Anchors (Alexandria, Minn.) Northwoods - stats
Jordan Tillman - Arizona Iggi's (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League - stats
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