Cats named NYCBL All-Stars

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Freshmen Braden Kapteyn and Sean Bouthilette and sophomore Neiko Johnson were selected to play in the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star game hosted by the Amsterdam Mohawks in Amsterdam, N.Y.

Kapteyn, a dynamic two-way player for Kentucky last season, is hitting .305 and started all 25 games this summer for Amsterdam, the only player to hold that distinction. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has two doubles, two homers and 13 RBI on the season, including a .383 on-base percentage on the season.

Kapteyn has posted even more impressive numbers on the mound this summer, holding a 2.43 ERA and a 3-1 record. In six starts on the mound, Kapteyn has piled 33.1 innings of work allowing only 15 hits, nine earned runs, while striking out 54 and having an opponent batting average of .135. Kapteyn was named the starting pitcher for the All-Star game.

Bouthilette, who was used as a mid-week starter last season for Kentucky, has a 2-3 record this summer with the Mohawks along with a 1.66 ERA in seven games started. In 38 innings pitched, Bouthilette has allowed 27 hits, seven earned runs, while striking out 33 and posting an opponent batting average of .199.

Johnson, who plays for the Watertown Wizards, was also voted as an All-Star this season. Johnson has a .333 batting average and has started all 29 games for the Wizards. Johnson has hit five doubles, two homers with 19 RBI on the year. Johnson has also stolen 15-of-16 bases on the summer. Johnson also has an on-base percentage of .477 on the year.

Kentucky freshmen Chase Greene and Cory Farris are also having a good summer with the Mohawks. Greene has a team-low ERA, posting a 0.63 mark in 11 appearances and 14.1 innings pitched. Greene has allowed only one earned run on the year while striking out 11 and allowing no extra base hits and only seven singles.

Farris, who showed impact ability late in his freshman collegiate season, has played in 24 games for the Mohawks this year, starting 24 games. On the season, Farris has a .286 batting average with 13 runs scored, five doubles, one triple and one round tripper. Farris is slugging .405 with an on-base percentage of .362.

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