LHU baseball program has plenty competing
LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University baseball team and coach Smoke Stover have sent a total of 16 players to compete in a number of prestigious summer leagues from Florida to Colorado.
The 2023 season will mark the sixth for LHU with Stover at the helm, and in preparation the Bald Eagles will be very busy over the summer ahead of their return to campus in August.
Notably, pitcher David Keller makes the jump to the MLB Draft League and will apply his trade with the Frederick Keys. Keller paced the Bald Eagles staff in 2022 in strikeouts with 70 and in wins with four.
The Bald Eagles send five student-athletes to compete in the All-American Amateur Baseball Association this summer, including a trio to the Mainline franchise. Jared Colledge, Camden Moors and Garrett Starr will each claim a spot with Mainline, while Rylan Bailey lands with the Birmingham Braves and Ryan Terrizzi with Altoona.
In the New York Collegiate Baseball League, LHU sends Blaise Zeiders to the Olean Oilers and Kevin Worek to the Cortland Crush.
Another Bald Eagle duo heads to the Coastal Plain League as Gavin Troutman notched a spot with the Holly Spring Salamanders and Garrett Nepert landed with the Wilson Tobs.
The remaining six student-athletes are scattered as individuals across a number of notable leagues and teams: Brendan Jordan in Rocky Mountain Collegiate Baseball League; Zach Kaatz in the Piedmont League; Lukas Schutz with the Hudson Valley Renegades; Bryce Ratliff in the Blue Mountain League; Aedan Walter in the Florida Gulf Coast Collegiate League; and Matt Lingenfelter in the Centre County League.