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Bisons excelling in summer leagues

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With the summer wood bat leagues in full swing, a couple of Bisons have earned themselves all-star nods while many are tuning up their games in anticipation of the 2013 Lipscomb Bisons baseball season.

Hunter Brothers and Will Blalock, not only teammates for the Bisons but also teammates on the West Virginia Miners will both be teammates again on the East Division All-Star team after earning the nod in the Prospect League. The league contains 12 teams across the Midwest in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

Blalock, a rising sophomore, leads the Prospect League in ERA with a 0.77, giving up just three earned runs in six starts during the first half of the season. He owns a 4-1 record over those six starts giving up 24 hits and striking out 30. One of the most incredible numbers of his first half has been holding opposing hitters to just a .195 batting average. Brothers, a rising sophomore, enters the all-star break with a  2.70  ERA in 13 games amassing 21 strikeouts and six saves in 16.2 innings of work for the Miners while holding hitters to a .234 batting average.

Jacob Knott, who suits up for the Tennessee Lynx in the Tennessee Summer Collegiate Baseball Association, will also be making an all-star appearance after posting a 1.37 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP in 30.2 innings while striking out 40 batters and walking just seven for the Lynx. Knott, who redshirted in his first season at Lipscomb, hit the pitchers pinnacle on June 24th when he pitched a perfect game against the Florence Nitro.

Griffin Moore, a rising sophomore, leads the Hampton League in walks with 21 for the Center Moriches Battlecats. Moore has a .390 batting average with five home runs and 17 RBI in 22 games played. Moore has 55 total bases, which ranks him fifth in the league. Also stepping on the mound for two appearances, Moore owns a 2.25 ERA in four innings pitched while striking out four.

Also on the Center Moriches Battlecats is rising sophomore Tyson Ashcraft. Ashcraft has started all 22 games, owning a .256 average on 23 hits and scoring 16 runs. Hitting for power, Ashcraft has hit five home runs while driving in 13 RBI.

Blake Fonfara, a rising senior, is pitching for the Thunder Bay Border Cats in the Northwoods League. Fonfara owns a 3-1 record with a 3.26 ERA in eight games. He has 29 strikeouts in 38.2 innings pitched.

Lee Wilson, a rising senior, has been playing the outfield for the Florence RedWolves of the Coastal Plain League. In 25 games played, Wilson owns a .293 batting average, driving in eight runs on 29 hits.

Jaesung (J) Hwang, a rising sophomore pitcher, owns a 5.56 ERA after three appearances on the mound. In 11.1 innings pitched, Hwang has recorded seven strikeouts.

Aaron Sandoval, a rising senior, has continued his solid play from the spring and has earned an All-Star game nod for the Tennessee Summer Collegiate Baseball Association playing for the Cumberland RiverRats.