ONEONTA, NY – Saint Leo baseball players Chris Newcomb and Brendan Collins were selected to compete for the West squad in the 2011 New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game which was played on Monday, July 11 from Damaschke Field in Oneonta, NY. The duo helped power the West squad to an 8-6 win over the East.
Two of over 10 Saint Leo baseball players participating in various summer leagues across the nation, Newcomb is currently a member of the Allegheny County Nitros and Collins plays for the Niagara Power.
In 31 games so far this summer, Newcomb, the Lions' starting centerfielder, is hitting .291 with 16 RBI and 15 doubles. The doubles currently lead the team. Meanwhile Collins is having a breakout year with his team. Leading the entire league in hitting at one point, he went 2-for-2 in the All-Star game and is currently hitting .387 with 43 hits with 13 RBI in 32 games.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball and is partly funded by Major League Baseball. The league gives college players the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.
Teams play a 42 game regular season schedule with games beginning in June and ending in the last week in July. The All-Star game is played in early July, and the League Championship Series concludes in the first week of August.
Newcomb and Collins joined fellow teammate Adam Albers in earning All-Star nods with their respective leagues.
For more information on the NYCBL, please visit www.nycbl.com.