Shimer Leads Patriots in Baseball Summer Leagues
Posted: July 15, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Nick Shimer is having an outstanding summer, leading 17 George Mason baseball players as they compete in various summer leagues across the nation.
A rising junior at George Mason, infielder/outfielder Shimer is batting .325 with 5 doubles and 12 runs batted in for the Schenectady (N.Y.) Mohawks in the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League (NCBL). He was named the Most Valuable Player of the NCBL All-Star Game as he contributed a two-run triple.
Two other Patriots are also playing in the NCBL as rising juniors. First baseman Kyle Barrett and outfielder Andrew Buffington are on the roster of the Rome (N.Y.) Indians. Barrett is batting .270 and is second on the Rome team with 11 RBI, while Buffington is hitting .135.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Murray, a rising senior, is playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League, recognized by many as the top collegiate summer league in the nation. Murray is 1-1 with a 3.38 earned run average for the Orleans (Mass.) Cardinals, striking out 10 and walking 5 in 10 2/3 innings.
Another right-handed pitcher, rising senior Grant Smith, is having an excellent summer with the Winchester (Va.) Royals of the Valley Baseball League in western Virginia. Smith is 2-1 with a 0.00 ERA and 5 saves in 11 appearances, and he has struck out 28 while walking 8 in 16 1/3 innings.