Summer Ball

With a World Series win in their rearview, a number of LSU Tiger baseball players have taken to summer ball across the country. Where did they end up, and how have the purple and gold boys done thus far?

From Cape Cod to Alaska, LSU baseball is well represented on the baseball circuit for the summer of 2009.

Celebrating their 114th year, the Cape Cod Baseball League in Massachusetts is home to five Tigers: Micah Gibbs, Austin Ross, Tyler Hanover, Leon Landry and Daniel Bradshaw.

For the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, rising sophomore Tyler Hanover and rising junior Micah Gibbs have seen action.

After joining the team on July 2, Hanover is 6-of-20 with three RBI and a pair of runs. The North Carolina-native, who is splitting time between second and third base, launched his first home run of the summer off Notre Dame’s Cole Johnson.

Gibbs, who has only appeared in three games, was 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs on July 5 – launching a 2 RBI home run to right center in the sixth to push the Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Hyannis Mets.

Ross, the third Tiger to join the squad, has appeared in two games. On the Fourth of July, the Shreveport-native worked 2.2 innings and allowed two hits and four walks in a 6-4 loss. The rising junior struck out four batters in the process.

Two days later, Ross was back again – this time going 1.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts in the win.

Landry and Bradshaw, who just recently made their way north to the Cape, have yet to appear in a game for their club (Harwich Mariners).

In Virginia at the Valley League, Johnny Dishon and Ben Alsup have found temporary homes.

Dishon, who redshirted for head coach Paul Mainieri this past season, has spent a majority of his summer with the Staunton Braves – unable to travel to Omaha due to roster restrictions.

During the extended stint, the Lone Star State standout has started in 20 of the 21 games he has appeared in - going 24-of-72 at the plate with 22 runs, six doubles, two home runs, eight walks and 27 strikeouts.

With the Luray Wranglers, Alsup has logged seven appearances from the hill. The rising junior, who has compiled a 2-0 record and 4.05 ERA during his stay, has allowed 11 hits, six earned runs, three home runs and three walks over 13.1 innings of work.

In the Central Illinois Collegiate League, five more Tigers are making waves.

For the Danville Dans, Mikie Mahtook and Austin Nola joined forces – though their initial showing has been lackluster.

The pair is a combined 0-13 with three strikeouts through two games played. Mahtook, who has recorded one stolen base, logged a run during his debut. Nola, who is known more for his fielding than batting, recorded a double play in the same game.

The Tigers sent Grant Dozar, Matt Gaudet and Shane Riedie to the Hannibal Cavemen, where there stay has seen more success than that of Nola and Mahtook.

Dozar, who has appeared in eight games, is 10-of-33 at the plate with a .303 batting average. The rising sophomore from Morgan City has recorded five runs, three RBI, two doubles, a home run and three walks.

Gaudet, who has appeared in 26 games, is 23-of-99 with a .232 batting average. The Metairie-native has recorded 11 runs and 13 RBI thanks in part to seven doubles, four home runs and five walks.

From the hill, Riedie is 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts. The rising sophomore has recorded 28 strikeouts and allowed 33 hits through 41 innings of work.

In the Coastal Plain League, which features teams from Virginia to North and South Carolina, Wet Dellate and Spencer Mathews joined on with the Fayetteville Swampdogs and the Thomasville Hi Toms, respectively.

Delatte, who has started in 15 of his 18 appearances with the club, is batting .196 with seven runs and five RBI on ten hits. The infielder, who was a two-time First Team All-State selection out of St. Amant last summer, has suffered 16 strikeouts.

Mathews, who has appeared in 18 games, has compiled a 3-3 record and a 2.62 ERA. The Lake Charles native, who also redshirted for the Tigers in 2009, has given up 34 hits and 14 runs in 34.1 innings of work.

The furthest Tiger from home, Florida-native Chris Matulis, has joined on with the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League.

Through three starts and eight appearances, the southpaw has compiled a 0-1 record with a 5.50 ERA – allowing 17 runs on 21 hits over 18 innings of work.

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