Elmira College Soaring Eagles Continue Developing Skills in Summer Baseball

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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Several members of the Elmira College baseball team have utilized the summer ball season to continue crafting their skills at the plate and on the rubber. In addition to getting extra reps and competing against players from other college programs, a handful of Soaring Eagles have been able to gain valuable experience by leading their teams on deep postseason runs.

Here's a look at where the Soaring Eagles are playing this summer:

Taber Carter '21 & Alex Crysler '21 – Murrells Inlet Longboards | Beach Collegiate Baseball League
Carter and Crysler both turned in impressive summers with the Murrells Inlet Longboards of the Beach Collegiate Baseball League (BCBL), located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A native of Hannibal, New York, Carter recorded a 3.33 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 27.0 innings on the mound. Fellow righty Crysler, a product of Syracuse, New York, pitched in 27.0 innings and recorded 18 strikeouts.

Nick Cottone '19 & Andy Reed '19 – New Market Rebels | Valley Baseball League
Both Cottone and Reed traveled to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to help the New Market Rebels claim the 2018 Valley Baseball League (VBL) Championship. A 6-foot-5-inch righty, Cottone was a perfect 3-0 in the regular season with 24 strikeouts in a team-leading 30.0 innings of work. Reed, a 5-foot-10-inch southpaw, compiled 9.2 innings and seven strikeouts out of the bullpen. In the opening round of the VBL postseason, the duo bookended a 9-1 win against the Front Royal Cardinals to sweep the two-game series, as Cottone fanned eight in 5.0 innings and Reed logged a scoreless ninth inning with one punch out. Cottone also got the start in Game 2 of the VBL Championship Series, striking out four en route to the league title.

Jansen Crossley '20 – South Delta Padres | Lower Mainland Baseball Association
Crossley returned home this summer to play for the South Delta Padres in Delta, British Columbia, approximately 45 minutes south of his native Vancouver. With the EC middle infielder, the Padres concluded the regular season by winning five of their final eight games and will open postseason play on Saturday, August 18, against the New Westminster Twins.

Tommy Fogarty '20 – Royersford Rattlers | Perkiomen Valley Twilight League
Fogarty has swung one of the hottest bats this season for the Royersford Rattlers. In 21 games played, the first baseman from Wayne, Pennsylvania, is batting .367 (22-for-68) with two doubles, one triple, and one home run. He leads the Rattlers in hits and ranks second in RBIs with 11. Of his seven multi-hit performances, Fogarty posted a season-best 4-for-4 effort on June 21 against the Pottstown Spartans.

Shane Hake '20 – Flying Fish | Interstate Collegiate Baseball League
Following his first season with the Soaring Eagles, Hake was one of three EC student-athletes to compete in the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League (ICBL). The fleet-footed outfielder paced the Flying Fish with 13 stolen bases while ranking among team leaders with 15 runs scored. In 26 games, the Ontario, New York, native also collected 10 hits and four runs batted in.

Justin Iannotto '20 – Long Island Dodgers | Long Island Stan Musial Baseball League
The rising junior catcher from South Setauket, New York, appeared in a trio of games for the Long Island Dodgers. In seven at-bats, Iannotto has picked up one hit in addition to one walk and a hit-by-pitch, resulting in a .333 on-base percentage. He was also successful in his lone stolen base attempt.

Jourdan Plaisted '21 – Lake Monsters | Interstate Collegiate Baseball League & Rayson-Miller | American Legion
It was a busy summer season for Plaisted, who played for both the ICBL's Lake Monsters and the Rayson-Miller Post #899. In 17 games with the Lake Monsters, the eventual league champions, the pride of Walworth, New York, clobbered the ball at a .405 clip (15-for-37) with five extra-base hits, nine RBIs, and 10 runs. The switch-hitting catcher was key in Rayson-Miller's remarkable run to the New York State American Legion Championships. Plaisted, who flashed a strong arm by gunning down multiple runners in the state tournament, drove in the game-winning run on squeeze play in an 8-7 triumph over Clinton County in the opening round. His Rayson-Miller team finished as state legion runner-ups.

Sam Plaugher '20 – Ambler Brewers | Perkiomen Valley Twilight League & LOMA | Pendel Baseball League
Also competing in the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League, Plaugher has seen action in 22 games at second base with the Ambler Brewers. Although he has only five hits in 31 at-bats, the rising junior from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, has a superb .476 on-base percentage and has more walks (10) than strikeouts (6). Plaugher has also played in 12 games in the Pendel Baseball League for LOMA, where he's hitting .250 with two doubles, four RBIs, and four runs.

Garinder Singh Sarana '20 – Kamloops Sun Devils | Pacific Metro Baseball League
Elmira's 6-foot-6-inch fireballer enjoyed a breakout summer in his home providence in British Columbia. The right-handed hurler completed 24.0 innings with a 2.50 earned run average. He also struck out 21 batsmen, as compared to just 10 walks.

Zach Williamson '20 – Snow Dogs | Interstate Collegiate Baseball League
Williamson performed well as both a pitcher and batter for the Snow Dogs. On the bump, he ranked among the league leaders with 25 strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA. Williamson made seven total appearances, including five starts, and recorded 32.0 innings of work. He fanned a season-best eight in 7.0 innings in a 10-3 win over the Blazers on July 15. At the plate, the rising junior hit .306 in 49 at-bats with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Jack Volpe '20 – Cortland Crush | New York Collegiate Baseball League
Volpe turned in a strong summer performance with the Cortland Crush, who reached the semifinal round of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) postseason tournament. In 17 games, the rising junior outfielder batted .303 with 10 runs scored and five RBIs. His finest performance of the season came on July 1, when the Halifax, Nova Scotia, native went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and one run in a 9-5 win over the Syracuse Spartans.

Harrison Zambarano '19 – Rathskellar Hops | George Donnelly Sunset League
Zambarano has appeared in 12 games thus far for the Rathskellar Hops. Although he only has three hits, the rising senior has made the most of his opportunities by driving in seven runs. He had four RBIs, highlighted by a bases-clearing three-run double, on June 30 in an 8-2 victory over R & R Legion. 

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