Williamsburg, KY – The UC Patriot baseball program turned in yet another successful season in 2019 with a second straight Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championship and hosted a second consecutive NAIA Opening Round after turning in a 46-10 record (12-3 MSC). A number of players would take their talents throughout the country and compete in summer leagues with many putting forth superior outputs during their time on teams.
Six returners found themselves on teams this summer with one playing for a pair of respectable clubs. Upcoming senior Bryan Leefhad a stellar showing for the Palm Springs Chill of the Palm Spring Collegiate League. He would hit .490 with five doubles, a triple, four home runs, and 19 RBI while stealing 13 bases. For his efforts, Leef would be named the PSCL Player of the Year while also earning a spot with the Palm Springs Power of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League. He went 4-17 from the dish there with a double as the Power would win the SCCBL Championship.
Preston Buck, an upcoming sophomore infielder/pitcher, was teammates alongside of Leef with the Palm Spring Chill in the Palm Spring Collegiate League. Buck would see action both at the plate and on the hill for the Chill this summer. He went 4-14 from the dish with four stolen bases as an offensive player. Defensively, he would toss 8.1 innings of work amassing an ERA of 1.08 with eight strikeouts.
Upcoming senior pitcher Moise Carrasco got in his summer work in the South Florida Collegiate League as a member of the West Boca Snappers. Carrasco garnered a 2-0 record this summer with a pair of saves as he threw 18.1 innings with a 0.98 ERA while fanning 18 batters. The Snappers would pull together to win the South Florida Collegiate League Championship.
In the Valley League, upcoming senior infielder Pedro Nazario would join the Covington Lumberjacks. There, Nazario would tally a .260 mark from the plate with six doubles, a pair of triples, two home runs, and seven stolen bases.
Outfielder and upcoming senior Britton Elmore was a member of the Juno Beach Loggerheads of the Collegiate League of the Palm Beaches this summer. While sporting an on-base percentage of .450, finding himself on the bags nearly half of the time and stealing a total of ten bases.
Rounding out the returners is upcoming senior pitcher Colton Easterwood. Colton would toss 15 innings of work while striking out 18 batters for the Fulton Railroaders of the Ohio Valley League this summer.
Two Patriot graduates also competed this summer teammates with Top Speed Baseball of the Golden States Collegiate Baseball League. Outfielder Bryan Benz and corner infielder J.C. Santos would make immediate impacts for the program. Benz hit .296 with four doubles, a pair of triples, and nine home runs while driving in 49 runs and stealing seven bags. Santos would tally a .327 mark from the plate with nine doubles, a home run, and four stolen bags. Their team would go on to win the GSCBL Championship before Benz would sign his first pro contract with the Utica Unicorns.
"It is great when our players get an opportunity to develop their skills in summer collegiate leagues," said UC Head Coach Brad Shelton. "Our players have always fared well in some of the top leagues in the country. This year's group is no different. For those returning, I am excited to get them back in the fall and get started with practice."