New York Collegiate League: West Division to East Division Leaders
The West Division of the New York Collegiate Summer League is home to the 3 rd place Webster Yankees. With a record of 8-6, they are 2.5 games behind the divisions 1st place Hornell Dodgers. The Yankees are featuring an interesting middle infielder named Cory Goeggleman who is currently leading the league in hitting. After 32 at bats, his line is .428/.512/.500. The consistency in his bat is similar to what he did this past spring as a sophomore at Waynesburg University. Goeggleman hit .367 after 139 at bats, and with that type of momentum, he’s banging down barn doors of the New York Summer League. Also in the West Division, a pitcher for the Alfred Thunder is putting on one of the best early summer performances in the league. Trey Frazier is a 6’4 202lb right hander that has gone 26.2 innings with an ERA of 1.01, 2 complete games, 1 shutout, and 2 saves. The fact that Frazier’s record is 1-2 is misleading, proof of that is that hitters are only hitting .191 against him. This past spring Frazier was a red shirt freshman at the University of Kentucky. He didn’t get any playing time, but it’s clear that there are high expectations for Frazier.
Moving on to the East Division part of the league, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles are tied for 1st place with Amsterdam Mohawks with a record of 10-6. Glens Falls is not leading the league in any statistic as a team, but they have a pitcher by the name of Kyle Sumple who’s exhibiting an excellent growth in his game. He’s gone for 26.1 innings with a record of 2-1, and an ERA of 1.03. Opposing hitters are only hitting .200 against him, and slowly the senior is learning to use his pitches more effectively. This past spring at Siena University, Sumple pitched in 15 games and collected 68.2 innings. His ERA was high (6.29), with a record of 3-7, but scouts were still very positive about his abilities, “Versatile pitcher with good velocity and control. He possesses a sound breaking pitch and has unlimited potential.” At only 6’0, the right hander is finishing his last year of summer ball eligibility with an expressive exclamation point.
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The East Division is also fully aware of a special catcher within their ranks. Playing for the Amsterdam Mohawks is Luke Maile is a young catcher who’s simply hitting his way to the top of the league this summer. After 36 at bats he’s hitting .417 with a slugging percentage of .583. He’s 6’3, 200lbs and has already scored 10 runs for his team. The fact that he has an on base percentage of .476 makes it possible for him be a big part of the teams overall run production. Maile’s power is not quite there yet, but with his size, you know that it could be just around the corner. Last spring he was the backup backstop for the University of Kentucky. As a freshman he was considered one of Kentucky’s most prized prospects. Maile spent the season playing behind the beloved senior Marcus Nidiffer who the teams’ tough emotional leader. Regardless of that, Maile optimized the little playing time he did get by hitting 3 homeruns in 35 at bats. He was the 43rd draft pick of the Boston Red Sox out of High School but chose to attend Kentucky instead. The pressure of entering and succeeding at a D1 school is immense, but Maile has officially completed his first season and is poised to be the starting catcher for Kentucky next year. As for his summer, Maile is building his momentum and helping the Mohawks stay afloat and in 2nd place behind Glens Falls. The Mohawks have the 3rd best team batting average (.280) and lead the league in team pitching (2.51).
By Adrian Nevarez
DFN Sports Staff Writer