Diamond Dogs in the summer, July 9


(Photo: Gene Swindoll, Gene’s Page, 247Sports)

It’s been six weeks since summer baseball began in collegiate leagues throughout the country and for some Mississippi State players it was just another week to continue their sizzling off-season. At least for one, however, passing the midpoint of summer may have been just the impetus needed to get hot going into fall baseball.

Diamond Dog right field Callum Clark put together solid back-to-back games Thursday and Friday, going four-for-10 with two runs scored and a run batted in. It was his best consecutive games of the summer for Wareham of the Cape Cod Baseball League, pacing the Gatemen to wins over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks on Thursday and the league-leading Cotuit Kettleers on Friday. Two hits in each game raised his session batting average 26 points.

State’s Jackson Fristoe had his best showing of the summer, retiring all three batters he faced in Wareham’s win over Cotuit.

Like Clark, Bulldog third base candidate Slate Alford had a big midweek, registering four hits in seven at bats with four runs knocked in. Alford juiced his average 40 points heading into the weekend for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Meanwhile, Alford’s teammate this summer and soon to be in the Dudy Noble Field dugout as well, Colton Ledbetter, continued his torrid off-season. A transfer outfielder from Samford, Ledbetter went six-for-nine, three runs scored and four RBI. He had a double, a home run, and stole a base for the division-leading Gulls. He is now fourth in the league in hitting (.370), second in both home runs (eight) and RBI (28), and fourth in the loop in stolen bases (nine). He has walked more times (18) than he has struck out (14).

The only other MSU player to see action in the midweek, outfielder Bryce Chance, walked and scored twice, and drove in one run for the Danville Dans of the Prospect League. Cole Cheatham could get his sixth start this weekend for league-leading Amsterdam of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and Nate Dohm is still looking for his fourth appearance for the Hamilton Joes of the Great Lakes Collegiate League. Shortstop Lane Forsythe’s summer has been short-circuited by injury.

2022 SUMMER STATS

Fielders

Bryce Chance 20G 80AB 16R 21H 14RBI .263AVG 4 2B 0 3B 0 HR

Colton Ledbetter 23G 84AB 23R 31H 28RBI .370AVG 2 2B 0 3B 8 HR

Slate Alford 22G 74AB 13R 21H 14RBI .284AVG 6 2B 0 3B 3 HR

Lane Forsythe 6G 9AB 3R 1H 0RBI .111AVG 0 2B 0 3B 0 HR

Kellum Clark 20G 58AB 7R 16H 6RBI .276AVG 5 2B 0 3B 0 HR

Pitchers

Cole Cheatham 5G 18.2IP 12H 8ER 2-0 WL 3.85ERA 15BB 28K

Jackson Fristoe 4G 5.2IP 5H 7ER 0-0 WL 11.11ERA 8BB 3K

Nate Dohm 3G 14IP 14H 6ER 2-0 WL 3.86ERA 6BB 20K

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