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    FIGHTING IRISH Rising sophomore Cavan Biggio is playing his summer league ball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League.
    Rising sophomore Cavan Biggio is playing his summer league ball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League.

    June 4, 2014

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Just a couple of weeks after the end of the 2014 season, several members of the 2015 University of Notre Dame baseball team are scattered around the country for another summer of baseball.

    As of June 4, 23 players have been added to 13 summer league teams around the country from the New England area all the way to The Last Frontier of Alaska.

    Starting in the Northeast, sophomore Cavan Biggio and senior Robert Youngdahl are playing for the Harwich Mariners of the famous Cape Cod League. Action gets underway next Wednesday, June 11.

    In the New England Collegiate Baseball League, senior Conor Biggio, junior Michael Hearne and sophomore Scott Tully are with the New Bedford Bay Sox while junior Kyle Richardson and senior Cristian Torres will play for the North Adams SteepleCats. First pitch for the league is Thursday, June 5.

    Also in the Northeast is junior Connor Hale, who is playing for the North Fork Ospreys of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. The Ospreys opened their summer campaign Sunday, June 1.  

    Moving over to Pennsylvania, sophomore Chris Melillo is playing his summer ball with the Quakertown Blazers of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The Blazers also opened their season Sunday, June 1.   



    Several Irish players are in the Midwest in three different leagues. Six are in the Northwoods League as junior Nick McCarty resides with the St. Cloud Rox, senior Blaise Lezynski is with the Rochester Honkers, junior Ricky Sanchez is suiting up for the Alexandria Blue Anchors and senior Ryan Bull and sophomores Ryan Lidge and Ryan Smoyer are playing for the Kalamazoo Growlers.

    The Growlers, who play at Homer Stryker Field where the Irish played Central Michigan this season, will wear a unique “selfie jersey” on Thursday, July 24 against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

    The league opened play Tuesday, May 27.

    Elsewhere in the Midwest, senior Kevin DeFilippis is playing for the NW Indiana Oilmen of the Midwest Collegiate League and sophomores Kyle Fiala and Jim Orwick and senior Kyle Rubbinaccio are with the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

    Heading out to the West Coast, juniors Joey Cresta and Jack Flaherty and senior Phil Mosey are with the Redding Colt 45’s of the Far West League. That league got underway Friday, May 30.  

    Lastly, junior James Nevant made the biggest journey of anyone on the Irish to play summer ball as he headed North to Alaska to play for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks of the Alaska Baseball League. Action begins Sunday, June 8.   

    To follow the Irish throughout the summer stay tuned to @NDBaseball and @NDsidRuss on Twitter. Hopefully pictures from Kalamazoo’s “selfie night” will be readily available through these two Twitter channels following the July 24 game.   

    Complete List Of Irish Summer Ball Locations
    (Links to league and team pages when available)

    Cape Cod League

    Harwich Mariners
    Cavan Biggio
    Robert Youngdahl


    Northwoods League

    St. Cloud Rox
    Nick McCarty

    Kalamazoo Growlers
    Ryan Bull
    Ryan Lidge
    Ryan Smoyer

    Rochester Honkers
    Blaise Lezynski

    Alexandria Blue Anchors
    Ricky Sanchez


    New England Collegiate Baseball League

    New Bedford Bay Sox
    Conor Biggio
    Michael Hearne
    Scott Tully

    North Adams SteepleCats
    Kyle Richardson
    Cristian Torres


    Far West League

    Redding Colt 45’s
    Joey Cresta
    Jack Flaherty
    Phil Mosey


    Midwest Collegiate League

    NW Indiana Oilmen
    Kevin DeFilippis


    Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League

    Quakertown Blazers
    Chris Melillo


    Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League

    Lake Erie Monarchs
    Kyle Fiala
    Jim Orwick
    Kyle Rubbinaccio


    Alaska Baseball League

    Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks
    James Nevant


    Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League

    North Fork Ospreys
    Connor Hale

    --Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director


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