Trio of Pioneers Tabbed PGCBL “Rising Stars”
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce its 2013 Rising Stars Team. The 30-player “all-star” squad, compiled by the league office, is limited to players that were listed as collegiate freshmen, redshirt freshman and high school seniors in 2013. Only redshirt freshmen no more than two years removed from their high school graduation were considered. Divisional finals participants Albany, Amsterdam, Watertown and Elmira combined to account for 22 of the 30 selections.
The Western Division Champion Elmira Pioneers placed three members from the 2013 squad on the list. Position players Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) and Parker Curry (Samford) filled both utility player positions and pitcher Tommy Alexander (Old Dominion) was added as a starter. All three helped lead Elmira to the post-season and eventually the PGCBL Championship Series against Amsterdam.
Henderson (UC Davis) was not only part of the Pioneers starting rotation, but he also saw time in the outfield. Offensively, he tied a PGCBL single-season high with a 16-game hitting streak. He batted .329 over 21 games with 24 hits, 11 walks and 10 RBI. On the mound, Henderson struck out 18 and walked three in 26.0 innings as a starter. He out-dueled fellow Big West Conference rookie Jake Jenkins (Pacific) of Watertown with a complete game effort in a 4-2 win on July 23.
Curry (Samford) was the starting shortstop and closer for Pioneers Manager Matt Burch. Curry led all PGCBL batters with 12 sacrifice hits and finished second in the league among pitchers with six saves. Curry, a PGCBL All-Star Game participant, went 3-2 with a 2.62 earned run average over 16 appearances. He struck out 18 batters, walked four and held opponents to a .228 batting average in 24.0 innings pitched. In the league playoffs, Curry lead the Pioneers to victory as he smashed a three-run home run in a 7-6, 14-inning marathon at Watertown.
Alexander (Old Dominion) was one of the PGCBL’s best pitchers in the first half of the season for Elmira. Alexander started six games for the Pioneers before being sidelined with injuries and went 3-1 with a 2.00 earned run average. He averaged six innings per start and totaled 36.0 innings for the summer. He won three-straight decisions between June 25 and July 7 with victories over Newark and Cooperstown.
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