GSCBL Top 8
Written By: Morgan Selmi
With the countdown to opening day for the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League (GSCBL) being less than 24 hours away, players and coaches are getting ready for a summer filled with baseball.
As we get closer to the first pitch we look at some select players you should keep an eye on throughout the 2016 summer season.
Jimmy Boras, OF, Sacramento Heat
Boras will return to the Sacramento Heat as an outfielder. The junior and California native became a regular starter for the University of Pacific, starting in center 26 times. Boras set career highs in every offensive category and should add a lot of spark at the top of the lineup to a Heat team that finished 3rd in the GSCBL last summer.
Patrick O’Donnell, OF, Top Speed Baseball
O’Donnell (pictured) is a junior from Andover, Minnesota that is making the trip out west this summer. He plays for Augustana University where he made 1st-team All-League and ranked third in the nation in batting average this year with an impressive .468. O’Donnell is a new threat added to the Top Speed program that went 43-6 and won the GSCBL last summer.
Jared Koenig, LHP, San Francisco Seagulls
Koenig is a senior left-handed pitcher from Aptos, California. He returns to the San Francisco Seagulls to improve his 3.12 ERA from last summer. Koenig also led the GSCBL in strikeouts and made 1st-team All-League. The lefty attends Cal State Monterey where he has started 14 games on the mound.
Connor Anderson, 1B, Nevada Big Horns
Anderson is a sophomore form Fife, Washington. He attends Yakima Valley Community College where he had 58 hits, 38 RBI, and ended the year with a .326 batting average. He is expected to be one of the Big Horns’ main offensive threats throughout the summer.
Justin Cooney-Sylk, OF, Klamath Falls Gems
Cooney-Sylk is a freshman at Menlo College in Atherton, California. He joins the Klamath Falls Gems this summer playing infield and outfield. He finished with a .289 batting average and a .470 slugging percentage because of his three homeruns and six doubles in his freshman year.
Walt Ballentine, INF, California Bees
Ballentine is an infielder from Blythewood, South Carolina. He is a freshman at USC-Lancaster and one of the fastest guys in one of the biggest leagues on the West Coast. Ballentine hit .314 and stole 35 bases at Lancaster this spring.
Zach Wall, INF, Atwater Aviators
Wall is a hard-hitting junior from Hayesville, North Carolina. He attends Young Harris College where he ended his season with a .329 batting average, 8 homeruns and 29 RBIs. This year he was named to the All-Peach Belt second team.
Jason Marley, C, South Bay Storm
Marley is a catcher from Half Moon Bay, California. He is a junior at Rogers State where he hit .308 with 4 home runs and 20 RBIs. He is expected to see time behind the dish and at DH for the Storm and should bring a consistent bat to their lineup throughout the summer.
The first pitch for GSCBL is scheduled for Wednesday June 1 at 5:00 PM at Capuchino High School, where the San Francisco Seagulls play the San Mateo Rounders in non-league action.
Morgan Selmi is an intern for Golden State collegiate Baseball League. She just finished her junior year at Fisher College in Boston where she plays softball and is studying Business and Sports Management.