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Crusader Baseball Players Earn All-Star Honors
Michael Morman was one of six Crusaders to earn summer All-Star honors. (Ray Acevedo)
Michael Morman was one of six Crusaders to earn summer All-Star honors. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Six members of the Valparaiso University baseball team have recently earned All-Star honors in their respective summer baseball leagues. Rising senior Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./ Menomonie H.S.), junior Sean Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S.), junior Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S), redshirt sophomore Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.), redshirt junior Andy Burns (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville H.S.) and senior Tyler Weddington (Orange Park, Fla./Culver Military Academy) have each earned mid-season recognition.

Vavra has put up stellar numbers for the Alexandria Beetles of the prestigious Northwoods League. The middle infielder is currently fourth in the league in hitting with a .370 batting average tallying seven doubles, two home runs, and driving in 23 runs.

Kennedy has thrown extremely well for the Kenosha Kings of the Wisconsin State Baseball League. The junior left-hander has posted 14 strikeouts and a 0.57 ERA in 15.2 innings of work.

Manning is currently playing for the Dayton Docs of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The rising junior joined the team late but leads the team in batting average at .333 and .443 on-base percentage. In just 17 games and 66 at-bats Manning has five doubles, three triples, a home run, and eight stolen bases.

Morman plays for the Crystal Lake Cardinals of the Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League. The returning outfielder has been swinging a hot bat as he currently possesses a .446 batting average, .545 on-base percentage, .685 slugging percentage, 11 doubles, three home runs, 16 walks, and 26 RBIs. He has only struck out four times in 92 at-bats.

Burns plays middle infield for the Lexington Snipes of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League (CSBL). The redshirt junior has had an outstanding summer as he currently possesses a .350 batting average with a .437 on-base percentage, five doubles, two triples, two home runs, and five stolen bases.

Weddington has had a break-out summer posting a .430 batting average with four doubles, two triples, and two home runs while playing in the Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League for the Wheaton White Sox.

In other highlights from Valpo players in summer leagues around the country, John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville Sr. H.S.) is playing in the Midwest Collegiate League for the first place Northwest Indiana Oilmen and leads his team in hitting with a .368 batting average. The returning senior first baseman has nine doubles, 14 walks, and 17 RBIs in only 76 at-bats. 

Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) is pitching for the Dodge City A’s of the Jayhawk League. The redshirt junior has returned from Tommy John surgery and is currently closing for the first place A’s. He has posted a 1-0 record and two saves, recording six strikeouts and a 1.35 ERA in 7.2 innings of work.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay