Senior Billy Wilson highlighted the play from the LMU baseball team over the summer, earning a second team Summer Collegiate All-American nod according to Perfect Game while competing for the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League.
Wilson hit .322 with a franchise-record 58 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples, 13 homers and 41 RBI over 49 games played. The speedster also drew 36 walks and stole 26 bags en route to being awarded the Gieseke Gold Award, given to the most outstanding player for the Steamers. Wilson’s squad reached the East Division Final, and he was one of six Edenton players sent to the CPL All-Star Game.
— PG College Baseball (@PGCollegeBall) August 24, 2017
Fellow senior Jamey Smart also excelled over the summer, earning an All-League selection while playing for the Healdsburg Prune Packers of the California Collegiate League. Smart, who earned the honor of RBI King for his 44 RBI in CCL games, finished the season batting .388 with 42 runs scored, 22 doubles, six homers and an unbelievable 71 RBI in just 42 contests.
While Smart earned the individual accolades, sophomore Cooper Uhl and the OC Riptide earned the team hardware – taking home the 2017 CLL Championship by way of a win over Smart’s Prune Packers.
Two other All-Stars for the Lions over the summer were Trevin Esquerra and Niko Decolati. Esquerra hit .362 with 25 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 33 RBI over the course of the regular season while playing for the Purcellville Cannons of the Valley League. Decolati, playing for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League, hit .311 with 22 runs scored, five doubles, a homer and 12 RBI in the regular season.
To see how all the Lions fared in the summer leagues this year, please use the links below.
Niko Decolati - Orleans Firebirds (Cape Cod League)
Rob Diaz - OC Waves (Pacific Coast Collegiate League)
Trevin Esquerra - Purcellville Cannons (Valley League)
Scottie Graham - Arroyo Seco Saints (California Collegiate League)
Harry Hibberd - San Francisco Seagulls (Golden State Collegiate League)
Dylan Hirsch - Walla Walla Sweets (West Coast League)
Ryan Kawano - San Diego Invaders (San Diego Coastal Collegiate League)
Nathan Keavy - Irish Hills Leprechauns (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League)
Brandon Shearer - Orleans Firebirds (Cape Cod League)
Jamey Smart - Healdsburg Prune Packers (California Collegiate League)
Nick Sogard - Shelter Island Bucks (Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League)
Cooper Uhl - Orange County Riptide (California Collegiate League)
Billy Wilson - Edenton Steamers (Coastal Plain League)
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