July 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown rising senior baseball player Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) has been able to live the dream of summer baseball in one of the most famed leagues in the country
Leeson, a 39th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in the Major League Baseball Draft, started the summer in the Cape Cod League in Massachusetts. But after a week of play with the Harwich Mariners, he began play with his current team, the Bourne Braves.
"Harwich was awesome and the team was really great," Leeson said over the phone. "I played a few games there and their roster filled up, but their Coach and Coach Wilk helped set me up over here. I came in and didn't play the first game, but they put me in center field the next day and I haven't looked back since."
Leeson played five games for Harwich, batting .214 with one home run, but has been in the lineup the last eight games for the Braves, batting seventh, carrying a .238 average with two doubles and two RBI.
"I've had a lot of positive at-bats and I've been hitting the ball hard and playing every night," he explained. "It's all I could ask for. I'm really blessed and grateful for the opportunities I've had."
Leeson also knows that he's just another example of a Georgetown baseball player competing with some of the best in the country.
"It's really cool and I feel like I'm an ambassador for our program," he said. "People like (Dan) Capeless and (Mike) Garza paved the way and I'm hoping that can continue to pave the way for future Georgetown baseball players so they can play here too."
Leeson is not the only Georgetown baseball player enjoying a solid summer. Rising junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) has continued his torrid play for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Anderson is second in the league in batting with a .356 average and has hit two doubles, two home runs and driven in 12 runs for the Gulls, who are 12-4 and lead the league's Eastern Division.
Rising junior pitcher Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Episcopal) is 2-0 in a pair of starts for the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaskan Baseball League (www.goldpanners.com). Vander Linden has thrown 10.1 innings, while giving up two runs on 11 hits with four walks and 13 strikeouts.
Rising sophomore shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) is batting .400 for the Chillcothe Mudcats in Missouri as part of the MINK League. He has appeared in 30 games, with seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 21 RBI. He is second in the league in batting and tied for third in RBI.
Sophomore Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) has appeared in five games, with one start, g for the Quakertown Blazers (www.quakertownblazers.com) of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and is 0-0 with a 6.39 earned run average
Three Hoyas - rising sophomore Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) and rising juniors Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's Country Day) and Justin Abbott (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) - are playing in the Midwest Collegiate League. Abbott and Venditti are playing for the Dekalb County Liners (www.dekalbcountyliners.com). Abbott has appeared in 16 games and is batting .316, with five doubles, one triple and one home run, while Venditti has appeared in all 19 games for the Liners, and is batting .237. Allen is playing for the Dupage Hounds (www.dupagehounds.com) and is 0-2 with a 6.91. ERA.
Rising sophomore Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) has made three appearances, one start, for the Strasburg Express (www.strasburgexpress.com) of the Valley Baseball League. He is 1-1 with a 6.75 earned run average.
Georgetown finished the 2012 season with a 24-29 overall record and a 10-17 mark in the BIG EAST. Georgetown tied for eighth place in the league and missed out on an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament by percentage points. The team's 24 overall wins and 10 league wins were the most for the program since 2006.
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