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Sooners in Summer Baseball Leagues No. 5
August 04, 2005

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.

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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.

Scott Rooker and Jared Freeman of the Highland Park Blue Sox continue to play solid baseball in the Texas Collegiate League with 16 and 17 RBI, respectively.

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:

OU hurler, Tyler Adkins of the Thunder Bay Border Cats, is competing in the Northwoods League.  

Chad Lembeck is playing for the San Diego Mavericks of the Southern California baseball league.

Fellow Maverick teammate Blake Mitchell and P.J. Sandoval (Southern California Fire) are also playing in the Southern California Baseball League.

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.

 Sooners in MLB  Team - Affiliate
 Geoff Geary  Philadelphia Phillies
 Russ Ortiz   Arizona Diamondbacks 
 Mark Redman 

 Pittsburgh Pirates 

 Brian Shackelford  Cincinnati Reds
 Greg Dobbs  Tacoma Rainers (AAA) - Seattle Mariners
 Greg Norton  Charlotte Knights (AAA) - Chicago White Sox
 Derek Wathan  Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) - Florida Marlins
 Jeff Bajenaru  Charlotte Knights (AAA) - Chicago White Sox 
 Kyle Denney   Buffalo Bisons (AAA) - Cleveland Indians 
 Jason Bartlett  Rochester Red Wings (AAA) - Minnesota Twins
 Tommy Whiteman  Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - Houston Astros
 Reggie Willits  Arkansas Travelers (AA) - L.A. Angels
 Rocky Cherry   West Tenn. Diamond Jaxx (AA) - Chicago Cubs
 Eddie Cornejo  Stockton Ports (A) - Oakland Athletics
 Jason Fransz   Delmarva Shorebirds (A) - Baltimore Orioles 
 Aaron Looper   Inland Empire 66ers (A) - Seattle Mariners 
 David Purcey   Dunedin Blue Jays (A) - Toronto Blue Jays


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