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Crusader Baseball Players Competing on Summer League Teams
Chris Manning is playing with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League. (Steve Cochran)
Chris Manning is playing with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League. (Steve Cochran)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The 2012 Horizon League regular season and tournament champions are not resting on their laurels this summer as several Crusader baseball players are sharpening their skills for the upcoming 2013 season by playing in collegiate summer leagues throughout the country. The Crusaders are be represented on 14 different teams in nine leagues from the east coast to the west coast.

Junior Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) is playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Manning is hitting .333 with two stolen bases in three games played.

Seniors Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./ Menomonie H.S.) and Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.), as well as incoming junior college transfer Cole Webb (Tulsa, Okla./ Union H.S.) are all playing in the Northwoods League. Vavra has returned to the Alexandria Beetles for his second season and is currently third on his team with a .344 batting average. Wormington and Webb are both pitching for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Webb has started four games thus far for the Rafters, pitching 24 innings with a 1.50 ERA, good for sixth best in the league.

Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) and Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.) are teamed together with the Terre Haute Rex in the Prospect League, while Zack Walsh (Batesville, Ind./Batesville H.S.) is pitching  this summer with the Slippery Rock Sliders in the same wooden bat league.

A trio of Crusaders, Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.), Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.), and incoming junior college transfer Andrew Bynum (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View H.S.) are all playing in the Kansas Jayhawk League with  the Dodge City A’s. Both Kowalczyk and Bynum currently possess ERAs of 0.00 and 1.42 respectively. Yoder owns a .400 batting average with 11 RBIs and six extra base hits.

Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.), Mark Johnson (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township H.S.), and Connor Buxton (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central H.S.) are competing with the Crystal Lake Cardinals of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League and will square off against  red-shirt junior Andy Burns (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville H.S.) with the Lexington Snipes and Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), who is playing for the Lombard Orioles. Morman is off to an exceptional start after recovering from a knee injury this past season. He is hitting .484 with five doubles, two home runs, 12 runs batted in, and eight walks in only 31 at bats. Burns is playing with the Snipes for his second season and is currently hitting .326 in 14 games played.

Two Crusaders are playing locally in the Midwest Collegiate League.  John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville Sr. H.S.) is competing with the Northwest Indiana Oilmen while Ben Mahar (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) is pitching for the Illinois Lincolns. Loeffler has had a good start hitting .333, helping guide the Oilmen to a league-leading 12 wins.

Sean and Ryan Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S.) are both pitching for the Kenosha Kings of the Wisconsin State Baseball League while Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) and incoming junior college transfer Bryce Hara (Irvine, Calif./Northwood H.S.) are playing for the OC Waves in the Orange County Collegiate League located in California. Hara is swinging a hot bat as he is hitting .462 with a .533 on-base percentage.

Kyle Schneider (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn H.S.) is competing for the Hammerheads in the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Summer Baseball League.

All of the Crusaders will look to continue their success on the diamond throughout the rest of the summer before heading into the 2013 season at Valpo.

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. 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