Led by Foresters Champs, Gauchos Enjoyed Success This Summer
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Led by a trio of Gauchos, the Santa Barbara Foresters won their third National Baseball Congress national championship this summer, and other UCSB players enjoyed great success across the country during their summer league seasons.
Lance Roenicke, Joe Wallace and Brett Vertigan helped lead the Foresters to the summer baseball title and those three outfielders were also California Collegiate League All-Stars this season.
Vertigan, who redshirted last season, batted leadoff most games for the Foresters and hit .299 in 46 games. He hit three home runs, scored 38 runs, drove in 20 more and had a .381 on-base percentage. He stole 16 bases and had 20 walks to just 17 strikeouts.
Roenicke hit .287 in 35 games, scoring 15 runs and driving in 12 more. He had a .411 on-base percentage and stole six bases in eight attempts.
Wallace, who played outfield and first base for the Foresters, saw action in 41 games and had 23 RBI and was a perfect 13-for-13 in stolen bases. He scored 24 runs.
Also playing for the Foresters was pitcher Matt Vedo who made 12 appearances and garnered two saves. He had 28 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.
Ryan Palermo, who will be a senior this upcoming season, and Joe Winterburn, back for his sophomore year, each played for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaskan League. Palermo played in 40 games and hit .204 with a home run and 19 RBI. He scored 18 runs and was solid in the field.
Winterburn, a catcher, hit .235 in 31 games and hit two homers with 16 RBI.
Brandon Trinkwon, who saw ample playing time as a freshman last season, batted .299 for the Albany Dutchmen in the Perfect Game Collegiate League. His average was second-highest on the team as he posted a .388 on-base percentage and stole 14 bases in 32 games.
Also in the same league as Trinkwon was Luke Swenson, who redshirted last season. He played in 41 games for the Newark Pilots, starting 39, and batted .325 with 33 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. He had an impressive .411 on-base percentage.
Another freshman phenom, left-hander Cameron Cuneo, had an exceptional summer as he posted a 1.30 ERA in 27.2 innings for the Bend Elks of the West Coast League. Cuneo went 2-2 and struck out 19 batters while pitching in relief.
Jeff Miller, who redshirted last season, hit .329 for the Waikiki Surfers in the Hawai'i Baseball League in 20 games. He scored 15 runs, had a .353 on-base percentage and stole a team-high 15 bases in 17 attempts.
Casey Schapper, a right-hander, made eight starts for the Oahu Paddlers in the Hawai'i Baseball League which tied for the team lead. He went 1-2 in 48.1 innings, striking out 20 and only allowed six extra-base hits. Schapper also played in 16 games in the field and batted .254 with nine RBI.
Joe Woodward, who will be a sophomore, played in 27 games for the Kauai Menehunes and posted 14 RBI, which were third-most on the team. He struck out just six times in 95 at-bats.
Zach Mercer, who redshirted last season, pitched in nine games for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League and posted 12 strikeouts in 15 innings.
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