NORMAN, Okla. -- As part of continuing coverage of Oklahoma baseball throughout the summer, SoonerSports.com will bring fans weekly updates of current Sooners competing in the numerous summer baseball leagues around the country. Links to each player's statistics are provided by clicking on the individual names listed below.
John Brownell is one of two Sooner hurlers to headline the fifth installment as the Omaha, Neb., native is tearing up the Jayhawk Baseball League. On Wednesday night the Sooner fireballer tossed a six-inning affair, recording five strikeouts, while only allowing eight hits against 27 batters. Brownell and the El Dorado Broncos won the contest 12-4 against the Las Vegas Devils in the NBC (National Baseball Congress) World Series.
In the Alaska Baseball League, Steven Guerra is pitching stellar for the Anchorage Bucs. Guerra is 4-2 in his six starts and has thrown three complete games, including a shutout. Most recently, the Paso Robeles, Calif., native helped his squad defeat the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, 9-1, on Saturday, Aug. 30. Guerra has thrown 43 innings thus far and owns a 2.09 ERA.
Kevin Duke is also pitching in Alaska, against Guerra, for the Mat-Su Miners.
On the east coast in the Cape Cod Baseball League, Daniel McCutchen of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox continues to lead the squad's pitching staff with 63 strikeouts. McCutchen is 3-6 in his nine starts and is holding down a 3.43 ERA. Also on the Red Sox, Jackson Williams has played in 17 games while Kody Kaiser's playing time has been limited to six games with shin splints. Also in the Cape, Will Savage of the Brewster Whitecaps has a 2.73 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched.
Brent Hodge is also playing for the Highland Park Blue Sox while Russell Raley, also of the Texas Collegiate League, is on the Graham Roughnecks but is currently inactive with the same stress fracture that forced him to miss the Sooners' 2005 postseason run.
Others participating in summer leagues include:
Finally, slugger Joe Dunigan of the Dupage Dragons is playing in the Central Illinois Collegiate League.
Several former Sooners are also playing in Major League Baseball and its minor league affiliates. Brian Shackelford continues to pitch well out of the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen. Since being called up in late June, the reliever has made 13 appearances and has allowed just one earned run. To access Shackelford's current stats and more former Sooners playing in the majors and minors, click on the individual links below.