NEWARK, Del. -- The Blue Hens baseball team is looking to repeat as Colonial Athletic Association champions in 2018. The preparation has already begun as 15 Blue Hens have decided to partake in ‘summer ball' action.

“We are always excited when our players decide to play in summer league action, regardless of where they end up,” head coach Jim Sherman said. “This season we're extremely pleased to have kids playing in leagues all around the country, including [Kyle] Baker and [Nick] Patten, who are playing in the Cape- the premier summer league. Pitchers [Nick] Spadafino and [Kyle] Hinton are in the Coastal Plain, which is also a premier league. As a staff we feel it's extremely important for our guys to stay sharp and continue to face top-end talent. Delaware Baseball is well represented, and I am proud of all of our guys.”

Sophomore's Nick Patten and Kyle Baker are currently playing for the Chatham Anglers of the illustrious Cape Cod League. Baker, was a recent addition to the Anglers squad, while Patten was named the first Cape League Player of the week back in May. Patten and Baker have batted .223 and .222 respectively so far for Chatham. Baker has appeared in just five games since joining the Anglers earlier in July, while Patten has contributed three home runs and 20 RBI in 36 games.

Pitchers Nick Spadafino and Kyle Hinton are also playing together for the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League. Hens' catcher Tyler Callender, pitcher Matt Hornich and Scott Zimmer are all playing for the Northampton Orioles of the PenDel League, while Mercer CC transfer Vinny Vaccone (Philly Bandits) is also playing in the PenDel League.

Hinton has posted a 4-1 record with an ERA of 3.65 in 10 appearances (six starts). The righty has struck out 45 batters in 37.0 IP. Spadafino has a record of 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA, appearing in seven games and making four starts. Callender is batting .333 in 51 plate appearances for the Orioles, while Hornich has pitched to a 3.51 ERA in 25.2 IP. The final Blue Hens representative on the Northampton Orioles, Zimmer, has posted a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 IP.

All-CAA outfielders Calvin Scott (Butler Blue Sox/Prospect League) and Kevin Mohollen (Danbury Westerners/New England Collegiate) have also decided to play baseball this summer, while outfielder Matt McKeown and Zack Miller have teamed up to play for the South Jersey Giants of the Atlantic Collegiate League.

Scott is joined by James Meeker on the Butler Blue Sox, where Meeker has appeared as both a pitcher and an infielder. Scott and Meeker have been big contributors for the Blue Sox. Meeker is batting a team best .326 having hit two home runs and five doubles. On the mound, the Pennsylvania native has posted a team best 1.03 ERA. Meeker has a team best three saves and a record of 2-1, having allowed just three earned runs in 26.0 IP. Scott has posted a .270 average with five home runs and 20 RBI. The Newark, Del. native has stolen 27 bases in just 30 attempts.

Mohollen is hitting .225 with five doubles for Danbury, while Miller and McKeown have made contributions for the South Jersey Giants. Miller is hitting .288 with three home runs and nine RBI, while McKeown is batting .182.

Third baseman Diaz Nardo (Southampton Breakers/Hamptons Collegiate) and outfielder Chance DiFebbo (Quakertown Blazers/Atlantic Collegiate) round out the summer ball participants. Nardo has posted a .316 average with three doubles, while DiFebbo has hit .262 in 31 games with 11 stolen bases.

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