FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jun. 12, 2018) - The Queens College baseball team is staying active into the "dog days of summer" as several of the Knights are partaking in summer league games across Long Island. Andrew Banfield has more in the first installment of our weekly look into the summertime exploits of the Knights on the diamond.
With Division II baseball competition done for the 2018 season, many college players have turned to club play in order to take advantage of the free time and hone their skills over the long summer period. Six members of the QC Knights are currently on summer league rosters, and head coach Chris Reardon is also involved in summer league play in a managerial position.
Incoming Freshman pitcher Bryan Krolikowski played in his first two games for Long Island Sound of the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League (LICBL) over the past week. So far, Krolikowski has yielded just one hit in three innings pitched while recording a save and striking out two batters for the Sound. That save came in a 7-4 win over the New York Hurricanes---the LICBL team coached by Reardon---in which he tossed a hitless inning and struck out one. Krolikowski has logged a 0.33 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) thus far.
Rising junior infielder Ronmel Ocampo suited up in the first two games for the New York Cardinals of the LICBL. In 6 at-bats, Ocampo registered two hits, two RBIs, one run scored, and one walk; Ocampo is batting a solid .333 at this juncture. In his last game against the Long Island Astros, he recorded a hit and drove in a run while also drawing his free pass to finish the game with an impressive .762 on-base olus slugging percentage.
Senior pitcher Robert Amato started in his first game for the Long Island Storm in a matchup against the Long Island NorEasters. In three innings, Amato gave up only two hits and threw four strikeouts. Meanwhile, infielder Brian Watters has also been off to a hot start for the Storm. At this point in the season, Watters has accumulated five hits, four RBIs, four walks, and three stolen bases to go along with a .500 batting average. Facing the Sound in his most recent match-up, Watters drew a walk in his lone plate appearance and also scored a run.
Further out on the island, junior Eric Roubal has played in six games for the Long Island Road Warriors of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL). Roubal tallied three hits, three RBIs, four runs scored, and four walks thus far. In his most recent appearance for the Road Warriors, Roubal collected a hit and a walk, scoring a run and stealing a base as well.
Lastly, pitcher Dylan Hughes started his first game for Shelter Island Bucks, also of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. Hughes won HCBL Pitcher of the Week honors by pitching eight strong innings for the Bucks, striking out four while allowing a run on five hits in Shelter Island's 5-1 win over the North Fork Ospreys.
Check back with us next Tuesday for more updates on the Knights in action this summer on the baseball diamond!