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Clarksville, TN – From coast to coast and even Canada, Austin Peay State University has several of its baseball players plying their skills on several summer-league teams, as they continue to improve their skill for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.
Several of the Govs are hitting over .300 this summer for their respective teams, but arguably having the best summer across the board at the plate is outfielder Imani Willis, who is currently hitting at a .350 clip for the Kokomo (IN) Jackrabbits of the Prospect League.
His batting average, as well as his totals in stolen bases and triples are also among the best in the league.
Overall in 24 games, Willis has five doubles, four triples and two home runs among his 28 hits, while also scoring 13 runs, driving in 11 and stealing 11 bases.
Also having a great summer at the plate is Brandon Kelley, who is playing for the Paducah Chiefs of the Ohio Valley Summer League batting .354, with three doubles, while scoring 26 runs and stealing 22 bases in 106 plate appearances so far.
APSU teammate Tyler Hubbard also plays for the Chiefs, and has a home run among his five hits, while scoring seven runs and driving in five.
There are three more pairs of Austin Peay teammates that are playing together his summer, with Parker Phillips and Tyler Thompson playing for the Waynesboro (VA) Generals of the Valley Baseball League; while Jacques Pucheu and Malcolm Tipler are playing for the Anchorage (AK) Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League and pitchers Zach Neff and Ricky Heagarty playing for the Fayetteville (NC) Swampdogs of the Coastal Plans League.
Phillips is having a solid summer, batting .250, with a couple of doubles and home runs for the Generals, while scoring 13 times and driving in 20.
Thompson has posted a 1-1 record so far, with a save, in eight games pitched – covering 14.2 innings, with 13 strikeouts and a 3.68 ERA.
As for Pucheu and Tipler in Alaska, Pucheu has posted a 1-2 mark in four games, with 14 strikeouts in 15.2 innings and a 4.59 ERA.
Tipler is currently batting .222 with two doubles, five runs and four RBIs in 15 games.
Neff is having a great summer so far holding a 5-0 record for the Swampdogs, with an ERA of 1.69 and 43 strikeouts in 37.1 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .150 versus Neff.
Heagarty had eight appearances out of the bullpen, with two saves, 12 strikeouts in 10.2 innings and a 4.22 ERA.
Also playing in the Coastal Plains League is infielder/pitcher Landon Kelly – on the Asheboro (NC) Copperheads – where he has posted a 2-0 record in three starts, with a 1.09 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched. As a hitter, Kelly is batting .192, with a couple of doubles in eight games.
The Northwoods League sees three Govs doting rosters this summer, with Nick Walker playing for the Battle Creek (MI) Bombers, Brett Newberg for the Mankato (MN) Moondogs and Michael Costanzo for the Kenosha (WI) Kingfish.
Walker is batting .308 for the Bombers, with nine doubles and one triple, while scoring 19 runs and driving in 17.
Newberg is batting .268 for the Moondogs – including a double and a home run – with five runs scored and seven RBI.
On the mound, Newberg is 1-4, with a 3.90 ERA in five starts.
Finally, Costanzo has posted a 3-1 mark in five starts, with a 3.71 ERA in 26.2 inning pitched, while striking out 34 and walking only five.
Out in Kansas, infielder Max Remy is playing in the JayHawks League on the Hays Larks, batting .317 in 14 games, with eight runs scored and five RBI.
In Mayland, Garrett Kueber is playing for the Bethesda Big Train of the Cal Ripkin League, batting .213 – which includes five doubles, one triple and a home run – while scoring 12 runs and driving in 13.
Down in Florida, Josh Shouder is playing for the Florida Pokers of the South Florida Collegiate League, batting .192 in 13 games, with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Finally, infielder Andrew Flaherty is seeing action this summer in the Mile High Collegiate League, for the Denver (CO) Generals.
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
TopicsAndrew Flaherty, APSU, APSU Baseball, APSU Men's Baseball, Austin Peay, Austin Peay State University, Brandon Kelley, Brett Newberg, Canada, Clarksville TN, Florida, Garrett Kueber, Governors, Govs, Imani Willis, Jacques Pucheu, Kansas, Landon Kelly, Malcolm Tipler, Max Remy, Michael Costanzo, Nick Walker, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Parker Phillips, Ricky Heagarty, Tyler Hubbard, Tyler Thompson, Zach Neff
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