Stags Ready For Experience in Summer Leagues
June 01, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The quest to improve for the 2018 season has already begun for the Fairfield University baseball team. Seventeen different Stags will have the chance to gain valuable experience as they take part in various summer leagues across the region. The Stags will be represented in five different leagues, including a pair competing in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.
Catcher Kevin Radziewicz and pitcher John Signore will represent the Stags in the Cape Cod Baseball League, a collegiate league that has seen over 1,000 future major league players compete during their history. Radziewicz, who was one of four Stags to finish the season with a batting average over .300, will be behind the plate for the Bourne Braves, one of the most historic teams in the league first joining the Cape in 1933.
The rising junior Signore will take the mound for the Chatham A's for the 2017 season, a team that has won five championships in their history, with their first coming in 1967 under the guidance of manager Thurman Munson. The A's has seen several of their alumni reach the major leagues including current professionals: Ryan Braun, Evan Longoria, Andrew Miller, and Matt Harvey.
A trio of Stags will compete closer to the Fairfield campus as they enter the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). The NEIBA Pitcher of the Year, Gavin Wallace will suit up for the Mystic Schooners in Connecticut. The Stags have already had an impact on Mystic's program as pitchers Kyle Dube and Signore helped the Schooners to their first-ever championship last season while winning a program record 35 games.
Rising senior Drew Arciuolo will be patrolling the outfield for the Newport Gulls, whose roster is also comprised of talent from schools such as: UCLA, Oklahoma State, Florida State, and Louisville. Arciuolo had an All-Star summer least year, finishing with a Mohawk Valley record .371 batting average to go along with a .459 on-base-percentage and 20 stolen bases in 37 games.
Rising sophomore Eli Oliphant will also take advantage of logging more innings during the summer months as he will pitch for the Danbury Westerners, as they search to build on last year's playoff appearance.
Tim Zeng, Josh Arnold, and incoming junior transfer Anthony Boselli will all follow the tradition of the Stags competing for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL).
The trio will follow a quartet of Stags that helped the Diamond Dawgs to a 27-20 record last season and a spot in the semifinals. Arciuolo, Radziewicz, Michael Conti, and Mac Crispino were the four Stags to compete for the squad last year, following Troy Scocca's performance in 2015, which helped the Diamond Dawgs to their first-ever PGCBL title.
Dylan Reynolds will suit up for the defending PGCBL Champions Amsterdam Mohawks, their fourth championship in the last five years. The Mohawks were helped out by Mike Bonaiuto, who recorded a 2.92 ERA and two saves in his final summer league. Peter Horn will also compete in the PGCBL as he will pitch for the Albany Dutchmen.
Fairfield's leading hitter, Jack Gethings highlights a group of five Stags that will take part in the Futures League. The First Team All-MAAC infielder, who hit .355 during the 2017 season, will look to build on last year's exciting summer as he competes for the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs.
Pitcher Austin Pope and infielder Brett Morrison will both suit up for the Pittsfield Sun while Ian Halpin and Mitch Williams will both get their first taste of summer league action as they will play for the Bristol Blues.
Tristan Amone and Dan Ryan round out the list of 17 Stags enrolled in the summer leagues. Amone will be playing for the LI Road Warriors in the Hamptons League while Ryan takes the field in the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League.
Last season, 13 Stags took part in summer league action, with Arciuolo and Crispino eventually being named to postseason teams.
Dube, Signore, and Bonaiuto all helped their respective teams to championships last summer, with the pitching duo of Signore and Dube combining to go 7-0 for Mystic.