Seven Blue Hen Baseball Players Currently Participating in Summer Leagues During Offseason
NEWARK, Del. -- Seven Blue Hens student-athletes are currently participating in three different summer collegiate level baseball leagues looking to improve their game for the 2015 Delaware baseball season.
Rising junior outfielder Joe Giacchino, sophomore pitcher Chad Martin and senior catcher Ty Warrington are all participating in the Shenandoah Valley League, as Giacchino and Martin are playing for the Aldie (Va.) Senators while Warrington is playing for the Woodstock (Va.) River Bandits.
Giacchino is one of two Blue Hen All-Star selections, while Martin is sporting a solid 2.32 ERA.
“It was a great experience,” said Warrington, who is hitting the ball well this summer with a batting average at a comfortable .300. “I’m a believer that your best practice comes in games, so it was great practice.”
Senior outfielder Norm Donkin, Delaware’s lone member in the Coastal Plain League, has also been an All-Star this summer. Donkin, who is playing with the Fayetteville (N.C.) Swamp Dogs, is tied for his team’s lead with two triples, three home runs, and 24 RBI.
Sophomore pitcher John Geffre, sophomore infielder Jeremy Ake, and sophomore pitcher Kevin Milley are all playing in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Geffre is thriving with the Quakertown (Pa.) Blazers as he currently leads the squad with three complete games, is tied for the team lead with four wins, and ranks second with a 1.53 ERA. Ake leads the Trenton (N.J.) Generals with two home runs while he ranks second with 12 runs batted in. Milley has posted 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings while pitching for the South Jersey (N.J.) Giants.
“I’ve been developing and working to master my pitches and be more effective with them,” said Geffre, referring to his success in the summer leagues. “I feel like this summer is keeping me in gear and making me a better player than I was this past season. There’s good competition and you have to work hard to be successful in this league.”
The Blue Hens appear to be well-prepared for the upcoming fall workouts that start in September.
“I’m happy with how the guys are performing,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, who begins his 15th year leading the Blue Hens this coming season. “They get more at bats, face more hitters, and field more balls. It’s a long haul playing in the spring, the summer and then reporting back in the fall.”