Leeds Earns Patriot League Rookie of the Week Honors
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette’s freshman right hander Mitch Leeds was chosen as the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Week after his most impressive pitching performance of the season. In front of a national television audience, Leeds fired eight scoreless innings, while allowing just three hits in a 1-0 extra-inning loss to Navy.
The game was originally scheduled for seven innings, but went nine as each team posted zeros on the scoreboard through the first eight frames. As Leeds kept the Midshipmen offense in check, he did so by not allowing a hit in the first 5.2 innings and retired the first nine hitters he faced. The first-ever Patriot League weekly accolade for Leeds comes after the longest outing of his career, in which he retired 28 of the 31 batters he faced.
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Rising interest in baseball throughout the District, after the absence of a major league baseball team for 33 years, helped launch the newly reconstituted DC Grays, a Cal Ripken League collegiate-based team, in the summer of 2012. Staffed and run by an all-volunteer group whose motivation is an inordinate love of baseball, the DC Grays are one of a 12-team wood-bat league made up of teams from the metropolitan area. The Grays are the only representative from the District.
A future Major Leaguer could be your summer guest
The DC Grays are fortunate that top players from across the country want to come to Washington DC and play great college baseball in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. In 2013, our roster will have players from Missouri, Nevada, Massachusetts and Tennessee, and every other corner of America. Although they look and act like adults, they are just college kids who are away from the familiar comforts of home and campus.
DC Grays host families house one of our players during the season, which begins in early June and ends the last week in July. Host families become a second home to the players while they chase their dream of becoming a big league ballplayer. During a busy summer where our players compete nightly against some of the top college players in the nation, the host family can make all the difference for our players. They provide more than just housing and food – they are an important source of guidance and encouragement for these young men.
The DC Grays are run by dedicated volunteers, and no group of people volunteer more than our host families. By making your home available to a deserving college ballplayer, you are helping these players live a dream.
For details on the program please contact Scott Burr our housing coordinator at email@example.com or 703-298-7680. “I personally have hosted several players and I still keep in touch with all of them,” said Scott. “More importantly, so do my kids. Having these college ballplayers in our home was a great experience. I would recommend it for any family.”