July 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - Rising junior Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) and rising sophomore Simon Matthews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School) both earned nods into their respective summer league All-Star games, bringing the total to four Georgetown baseball players who have been named summer league all-stars. Collins and Matthews join rising junior Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) and rising sophomore Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton), who were both selected to participate in the Coastal Plains All-Star Game earlier this month.
Collins, playing for the Chatham Anglers in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, will serve as the second catcher for the East Division in the mid-summer classic, to be played on Sunday, July 27. Collins is batting .342 in 25 games with a home run and 12 RBI. He has hit safely in eight of his past 10 games, hitting .389 (14-36) in that span with five RBI and four multi-hit games.
Matthews, a transfer from Temple who will be eligible to play this upcoming season, represented the Brockton Rox in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) All-Star game on Thursday, July 24. Matthews struck out the side in his one inning of work and was named the Pitcher of the Game. In nine starts this summer, Matthews is 6-0 with a 1.90 ERA and a 32-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 47.1 innings. He is tied for the league lead in wins and is third in ERA.
Smith took his first loss of the summer last week after his all-star appearance. He still has a 5-1 record for the Forest City Owls with a 2.84 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched. Bialkowski, playing for the Florence RedWolves, is batting .336 (48-for-143) with 17 RBI and a .406 on-base percentage in 39 games.
Rising senior Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) is also in the Cape Cod League, pitching for the Falmouth Commodores. He has made six relief appearances, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out seven in 7.2 innings.
Rising sophomore second baseman Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) is playing for the Alexandria Aces in the Cal Ripken League, is batting .266 (21-for-79) in 24 games and has a home run, four doubles and nine RBI. Rising junior relief pitchers Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Felix van der Vaart (Annandale, Va./Flint Hill School) are in the same league, suiting up for the Vienna River Dogs and the Herndon Braves, respectively. Davis has made seven starts and eight overall appearances this summer, going 1-2 with a 2.26 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. Van der Vaart has a 6.00 ERA in 11 relief appearances, covering 12 innings.
Rising junior catcher Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary's) is playing in his home state of California, suiting up for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League. The Bells own a league-best 28-10 record and, in 19 games, Webber is batting a team-high .333 (20-for-60) with eight RBI, 13 runs scored and a .456 on-base percentage.
Rising sophomore pitcher Chris Giordano (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland) is playing for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate League. In 11 appearances, including three starts, Giordano has a 1-0 record with a 3.27 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
Ryan Toomey (Mendham, N.J./Pingry School), a rising sophomore outfielder, is suiting up for the Albany Dutchmen of the New York Collegiate League. In 23 games, Toomey is batting .246 (15-for-61) with two doubles, two triples and six RBI.
Right-handed pitcher Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret), a rising sophomore, is pitching in the Hamptons League for the Sag Harbor Whalers. In nine appearances this summer, covering 26.1 innings, Leonard is 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick), a transfer from Catholic University who sat out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules, is playing for the BCC Big Train of the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League. In 28 games, Dillon is batting .256 (21-for-82) with 11 RBI, six stolen bases and nine runs scored.