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2014 Summer Baseball Notebook
June 10, 2014

Sooner baseball returns to the Cape Cod Baseball League as Craig AikinJacob Evans and Anthony Hermelyn suit up for the Harwich Mariners this season. The Cape League schedule gets underway Wednesday, June 11 when the Mariners open play against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

Overall, 17 players from last season's OU roster have found summer placements, including three Sooners out west in the California Collegiate Baseball League where Alec HansenSheldon Neuse and Austin O'Brien are playing for the San Luis Blues.

The Blues have raced out to a 9-3 start and hit the road for a four-game set against the Cornejo Oaks beginning June 11. Neuse is currently hitting .261 and has come on in relief to save two games. O'Brien has smacked two home run and Hansen has struck out 11 over 5.1 innings of work.

Mac James continued to be a strong middle of the lineup hitter with a .323 start for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League. However, James was drafted and signed by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Still with the Huskies are James' former teammates Keach Ballard and Corey Copping.

In 10 games played, Ballard is hitting .250 with four extra-base hits and seven runs batted in. On the mound, Copping has made three appearances and two starts. He has struck out seven over 7.1 innings of work and holds a 4.90 earned run average.

The Sooners are represented in every corner of the country with Tyler Gibson in the Alaksa Baseball League, Tyler Coolbaugh in the Coastal Plain League in the Southeast, five players in California, four in New England, four in the Southwest and two in the Midwest.

Cape Cod Baseball League
Craig Aikin, Harwich Mariners
Jacob Evans, Harwich Mariners
Anthony Hermelyn, Harwich Mariners
California Collegiate League
Alec Hansen, San Luis Blues
Sheldon Neuse, San Luis Blues
Austin O'Brien, San Luis Blues
Northwoods League
Keach Ballard, Duluth Huskies
Corey Copping, Duluth Huskies
Mac James, Duluth Huskies*
*Drafted/Signed by Tampa Bay
Texas Collegiate League
Kolbey Carpenter, Brazos Valley Bombers
Hunter Haley, Brazos Valley Bombers
Chad Nelson, McKinney Marshals
Far West League
Colt Bickerstaff, Redding Colt 45s
Jeffrey Curran, Redding Colt 45s
Alaska Baseball League
Tyler Gibson, Peninsula Oilers
Arizona Collegiate League
Cole Stevens, Sidewinders
Coastal Plain League
Tyler Coolbaugh, Fayetteville SwampDogs
New England Collegiate League
Joshua Ake, Plymouth Pilgrims
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