WASHINGTON - This summer, 14 current members of the Georgetown baseball team played around the country in various summer collegiate baseball leagues. Additionally, four former Hoyas are playing professionally for major league organizations and two signed with independent league teams.
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Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice) was one of three Hoyas who pitched for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox in the Northwoods League this summer. The rising sophomore made 21 appearances out of the bullpen, going 5-0 with nine saves while compiling 42 strikeouts and a 0.37 ERA in 24.1 innings. In two playoff appearances, Killam struck out 10 in 4.1 innings while not allowing a run, helping lead St. Cloud to the Northwoods title. He retired both batters he faced in July's all-star game and also fired 1.1 scoreless innings in front of nearly 80 major league scouts at the Major League Dreams Showcase.
Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) also pitched for the Rox, going 3-1 in six starts with a 1.80 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 35 innings before reaching his innings limit.
Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy), who set Georgetown's single-season appearances record (30) as a freshman, pitched for the Sag Harbor (N.Y.) Whalers in the Hamptons Collegiate League. He compiled a 2-2 record and a 2.94 ERA in 12 appearances, including four starts and two complete games. He struck out 46 in 36.2 innings, earning a selection to the all-star game where he fired a perfect inning in relief. Upon the conclusion of the Hamptons League season, Morreale joined St. Cloud's roster and made two starts, striking out one in 9.1 innings. He also pitched two scoreless innings in the playoffs.
Wilson Salomon (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) was Morreale's teammate with Sag Harbor and had two hits in 13 games, including a double, and an RBI.
Richie O'Reilly (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Loyola HS) and Ryan Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) suited up for the Long Beach Legends in the California Collegiate League. O'Reilly batted .276 (16-for-58) with a home run, five doubles and nine RBI in 18 games, earning a selection to the all-star game where he scored a run as the starting catcher for the south all-stars. In 25 games, batted Davis .341 (15-for-44) with three doubles, six RBI and 13 runs scored.
Three Hoyas - Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont), Casey Goldenberg (North Palm Beach, Fla./Suncoast Community) and Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) - all played locally for the Herndon (Va.) Braves in the Cal Ripken League. Bernauer batted .256 (32-for-125) in 36 games with a home run, five doubles, 16 runs scored and 18 RBI. Goldenberg went 1-2 in eight appearances, including seven starts, covering 34 innings, with 24 strikeouts and a 5.02 ERA. Stevens played just eight games due to injury but batted .333 (8-for-24) with a double, a home run and four RBI.
Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) provided the game-winning RBI with an eighth-inning single as the Charlottesville (Va.) Tom Sox won the Valley Baseball League championship. DeRenzi batted .271 (16-for-59) in 26 regular season games with a 14 runs scored, three doubles and three RBI. In four playoff games, he hit .500 (6-for-12) with a home run, two doubles and five RBI. Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) was on the Tom Sox for the first week of the season on a temporary contract, scoring four runs in five games.
Noah Abdalla (Raleigh, N.C./Northern Highlands [N.J.]) pitched for the Carolina Pirates in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League. In two starts, covering 8.2 innings, Abdalla went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts.
Freddy Achecar III (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) played for the Norcross (Ga.) Astros in the Sunbelt League. He led the team with a .293 (22-for-75) batting average in 25 games, including two doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored.
Jeremiah Burke (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central/La Salle Institute) suited up for the Albany (N.Y.) Dutchmen in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. He made 11 appearances, including three starts, and went 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 26.2 innings, striking out 22 and walking just four.
Simon Mathews (C'17) signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels and has started his professional career. In his first 14 appearances, Mathews has compiled a 6-1 record to go along with a 3.41 ERA and 40 strikeouts while pitching at three different levels. He was 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings in the Arizona League before being promoted to the Angels' short-season team. In seven appearances with Orem (Utah), including three starts, Mathews is 2-1 with 19 strikeouts. He was called up to Double-A Mobile for one appearance on August 2, picking up the win with three innings of one-run relief with three strikeouts.
Tim Adleman (N'10) is in his second season with the Cincinnati Reds after making his Major League debut last May. This season, he is 5-10 with a 5.23 ERA and leads the Reds with 102 strikeouts and 115.1 innings pitched. His story of perseverance in reaching the major leagues was recently featured in the Washington Post.
David Ellingson, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners following his junior year in 2016, is pitching for the Everett AquaSox -- Seattle's short season rookie team. In 11 appearances, he is 1-3 with three saves and 13 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.
Matt Smith (B'16), who was drafted six picks ahead of Ellingson by the Milwaukee Brewers, will miss the 2017 season due to injury. He pitched at three different levels last summer, compiling a 4.13 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 48 innings.
Zach Racusin, who suited up for the Hoyas as a graduate student in 2017, signed with the Somerset (N.J.) Patriots of the Atlantic League in early July and played in 17 games, batting .222 (12-for-54) with a double and four RBI.
Jordan Chudacoff (MSB`17) also signed an independent league contract and is pitching for the Cleburne (Texas) Railroaders in the American Association. In three appearances, he is 0-1 with a 10.56 ERA and five strikeouts.