Bama Players Wrap-up Summer Seasons



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama baseball team was well represented in the various collegiate leagues this summer.  A total of 18 Crimson Tide players participated in 12 different summer leagues all across the country. 

Sophomore right-hander Austin Hyatt (Marietta, Ga.) and sophomore outfielder Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.) earned postseason accolades in their respective leagues.

Hyatt was a second-team New York Collegiate Baseball League postseason all-star selection for the Amsterdam (NY) Mohawks.  The right-hander posted a 2-1 record and 2.23 ERA in seven games, including five starts.  He worked 32 1/3 innings and allowed 24 hits, 10 runs and eight earned runs, with 18 walks and 41 strikeouts.  He held the opposition to a .212 batting average. 

Matthes was named the Most Valuable Player of the Winter Park (Fla.) Warthogs in the Florida Collegiate Summer League, after leading his team to a 23-13 overall record and a berth in the playoffs.

Matthes hit .274 (29-for-106) in 27 games as the third baseman with seven home runs and 15 RBI.  He added five doubles and scored 10 runs.  Matthes led the FSCL with seven home runs and ranked fifth in the league with a .519 slugging percentage.  In addition to his power numbers, Matthes was 8-for-8 in stolen bases and compiled a .905 fielding mark at third base.

Matthes was also named FSCL Player of the Week on June 19, when he batted .444 (4-for-9) with two home runs and three RBI in three games.

Alabama had two other players in the NYCBL this summer, including sophomore outfielder Tyler Odle (Mountain Brook) and sophomore first baseman Wes Henderson (Oxford).  

Odle batted .214 (24-for-112) in 36 games for the Amsterdam (NY) Mohawks.  He had four doubles, one triple and scored 24 runs.  He added eight stolen bases.  Henderson hit .178 (18-for-101) in 31 games for the Watertown (NY) Wizards with one home run and six RBI.

Senior shortstop Greg Paiml (Hoover) spent his summer with the Sanford Mainers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.  He led Sanford to a 26-16 record before losing in the semifinals of the NECBL Playoffs to eventual champion Vermont Mountaineers.

Paiml batted .230 (23-for-100) in 30 games for the Mainers, with three doubles and 10 RBI.   He also scored 21 runs.  He turned in a team-best eight assists in a win over the Manchester Silkworms on June 29.

Sophomore right-hander Casey Kebodeaux (Mandeville, La.) pitched for the Staunton (Vir.) Braves in the Valley League.  He appeared in 10 games, including seven starts, and compiled a 2-4 record and team-best 3.46 ERA this summer.  Kebodeaux worked 52 innings and allowed 57 hits, 31 runs and 20 earned runs with 32 walks and 50 strikeouts.

He was named the Valley League Pitcher of the Week on July 6 following his win over Harrisonburg.  Kebodeaux allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and struck out a season-high 11 batters.

Alabama signee Brian Griggs (Melbourne, Fla.) played for the Orlando Shockers in the FSCL.  Griggs was 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA in six games for the Shockers, including a pair of starts.  He worked 21 2/3 innings and allowed 17 hits, nine runs and nine earned runs, with 11 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Another Tide signee Elvin Vargas (New York, NY) played for the Wilmington (NC) Sharks in the Coastal Plain League.  Vargas batted .189 (27-for-143) with one home run and 13 RBI in 47 games this summer.

Editor's Note:  This is the final installment of a four-part series on Crimson Tide baseball this summer. 

Part 1 (Aug. 14) --          David Robertson Named Cape Cod League Playoff MVP

Part 2 (Aug. 16) --          Tommy Hunter Wins Gold with USA National Team

Part 3 (Aug. 17) --          Crimson Tide Players Enjoy Championship Summer

Part 4 (Aug. 18) --          Bama Players Wrap-up Summer Seasons