RICHMOND, Va. – Baseball is a game meant to be played everyday, and this summer 10 VCU players have an opportunity to do just that.
Each June college baseball players are spread out over the country to play summer ball. This year, VCU has 10 different players shaping their craft in four different leagues across the northeast.
"Summer ball is extremely important to the development of our program," coach Shawn Stiffler said. "For our guys it's a chance to get away and share ideas with different players from around the country, and that's something we really value."
In the Valley League a trio of Rams will take the field for the New Market Rebels. Sophomores Cody Acker and Walker Haymaker as well as freshman Darian Carpenter are making the short trip west on I-64. The trio will play under former VCU volunteer assistant C.J. Rhodes.
Junior Vimael Machin and sophomore James Bunn head up north to take part in the New England Collegiate League. Machin are suiting up for the Danbury Westerners based out of Danbury, Conn. and Bunn will patrol the outfield for the Plymouth Pilgrims in Plymouth, Mass.
Four freshmen are taking their talents to the Cal Ripken league of the mid-Atlantic. Pitcher Matt Jamer and Alex Gransback for the Vienna River Dogs in northern Virginia while Matt Davis (Youse's Orioles) and Logan Farrar (Bethesda Big Trian) are set to play in Maryland.
Freshman Shane Dressler rounds out the group, as he is the lone Ram represented in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Watertown, N.Y. will be home for Dressler as he plays for the Watertown Wizards.
"We're really excited about this group as a whole to send 10 guys out to represent our program and gain experience moving forward," said Stiffler.
Play has already begun in the Valley league, with play in the others beginning in the next few days.