Current Lancers, alumni make strides in summer baseball league

[Courtesy of Athletics]

Despite the fact that the baseball team’s season came to a close in May, both current and former Lancers excelled on the diamond over the summer.

As a handful of California Baptist University alumni made their way through the pipeline of Major League Baseball clubs, numerous returning players competed in collegiate summer leagues.

Lancer right-hander Garrett King joined a long list of CBU pitchers drafted by major league clubs when he was selected by the Detroit Tigers earlier this summer, proving the Lancers do, indeed, deserve their nickname, “Pitcher U.”

Currently, three former Lancer pitchers are competing at the Triple-A level of Minor League Baseball: Trevor Oaks and Adam Hofacket in the Pacific Coast League and Caleb Dirks in the International League.

“We are extremely proud of all of them,” said Gary Adcock, head coach of the baseball team. “We watch, cheer and support them all in their pursuit of becoming a major leaguer.”

Meanwhile, players who will be on the 2018 Lancer team took their talents to summer collegiate baseball.

Four Lancers participated in the West Coast League. John Glenn, sophomore communication studies major and first baseman, and Matt Amrhein, sophomore business administration major and pitcher, joined the Walla Walla Sweets. Nick Plaia, sophomore anthropology major and infielder, and DJ Porter, senior journalism and new media major and outfielder, signed with the Yakima Valley Pippins and Victoria Harbourcats, respectively.

Ryan Williams, senior kinesiology major and outfielder, and Seth Kaneen, junior sociology major and pitcher, headed north to the Anchorage Bucks of the Alaska Baseball League.

The Lancers also received summer baseball all-stars in Riverside Community College transfer Ryan Mota, junior sociology major and infielder, of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League (SCCBL), and Justin Montgomery, junior criminal justice major and pitcher, of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Mota also took home the SCCBL Home Run Derby title.

“Competing in a Home Run Derby was something I have never done before. Finishing first is a great achievement,” Mota said.

Along with being an all-star, Montgomery was also named the CCBL Mid-Season Pitcher of the Year.

“In a league that is as prestigious as The Cape, being given those [honors] means a ton,” Montgomery said.

“We are excited about next year,” Adcock said. “The commitment made by a number of our returners and newcomers has really been impressive.”

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