Gent Baseball Players to Participate in Summer Ball
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Coach McCann will have 13 players on
various summer league teams
around the country

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Twelve Centenary baseball players will be participating in various summer baseball leagues around the country, announced by the Gent coaching staff.

Continuing to develop their skills in the collegiate offseason, Centenary head coach Ed McCann says the summer league experience is something the Gent players should value.

"I’m happy to see our kids get an opportunity to keep playing in the offseason," McCann said. "This is something they should enjoy as they keep building in their careers."

Three Centenary players will participate on the Everett Merchants of the Pacific International League (PIL) over the summer, representing the largest contingency of Gent players on any team. Playing for the Merchants, which are located in Everett, Wash., will be Washington natives Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.), joined by junior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.).

DeRooy has started 33 games with the Gents this season, while Sheehan is second on the team in wins. Santiago, who finishes his final season with the Gents in 2007, has served as the starting shortstop for Centenary for the past two years.

Junior reliever Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) will be playing on the Kitsap BlueJackets of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL), joined by future Gent pitcher Joe Hagen (Renton, Wash.), who signed with Centenary in the Fall. This season, Bronson leads the Mid-Continent Conference in saves with four.

Playing for the Morganton Aggies of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League will be junior catcher Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) and freshman pitcher Rich Snyder (Lodi, Calif.). Maldonado has started 37 of 39 games behind the plate for Centenary, carrying a .279 average with 26 RBI. Snyder, who has missed the start of this season due to injuries, will look to continue to develop with the Aggies, which are located in Morganton, N.C.

First-year Centenary players Gordon Murphy (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas) will participate in the Sandlot Baseball League, based out of Tennessee. Although not assigned to a particular team in the league at the current time, both Murphy and Blilie have contributed this season with the Gents. Both have appeared in 11 games, combining for nine RBI.

Junior pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) will call the highly-competitive Texas Collegiate League home for the summer. Playing for the Colleyville LoneStars for a second consecutive season, Noland currently stands amongst the Mid-Continent Conference leaders in opponents batting average (.269), starting seven games for the Gents this season. The junior left-hander will look to continue his development as a pitcher in the offseason with Colleyville.

One of the conference-leaders in batting this season and one of the offensive leaders this season for the Gents, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) will play fo the Little Falls Diamond Miners of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL). Sanchez has a .325 average with 24 RBI in 39 games in left field, scoring 30 runs and recording 41 hits. This summer gives the junior a perfect opportunity to build towards his senior year with the Gents.

The final two players participating in summer league baseball for Centenary are California natives Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) and Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.). Both playing in the California Collegiate League, Penney will play for the San Diego (Barona) Stars, while Saenz will start his second year with the Humboldt Crabs. Both players have been key for the Gents this season, both playing extensively in the Centenary infield.