By: Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy
Tonight is the night of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s All-Star game, and
the Grays had three players selected to represent the team. Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech), Colton
Shaver (Brigham Young) and Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) will all be competing tonight at
Shirley Povich field in Bethesda as part of the Ripkin League South All-Star team.
Shaver is no stranger to accolades such as this. Already this summer, he participated in
the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, which was broadcast live on ESPN on July 2nd.
Shaver, a rising sophomore at BYU from Riverton, Utah, finished the 2015 season as the
NCAA’s third-leading freshman home-run hitter. He led the BYU Cougers in home runs with a
total of 13, including five games in the season where he homered twice. Shaver will also be
competing in the Ripken League Home Run Derby this afternoon.
Shaver has been having a great summer with the Grays, reaching base in almost every
game he’s played this season. He and fellow All-Star Sinnen are tied for the team-lead in RBIs
with 14. Shaver hit his first Ripken League home run last week. He is also one of the Grays’
most versatile defensive players. Shaver has primarily played catcher, but has served as first
baseman, designated hitter, and even pitcher. When asked about being selected for the Ripken
League All Star team, Shaver said it “felt good.”
Carpenter, a rising senior from Chester, New York, is another one of the Grays’ most
versatile players. This season, he has been a starting pitcher, outfielder, and catcher. Carpenter
has started three games as a pitcher, and has a record of 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA. He has pitched
16.2 innings, giving up a total of seven runs and striking out 22 batters. He currently has the
second-best batting average on the team, even though he hasn’t had the opportunity for nearly as
many at bats as most players on the Grays. Carpenter joined the team late in the season, late
enough that he was unsure if he would qualify for the All-Star Team. However, he was happy he
did, saying, “I played my best and things worked out.”
Carpenter played two seasons at Iowa Western Community College, where he won a
national championship as a sophomore and conference and regional titles in his freshman year.
He transferred to Texas Tech as a junior, and has played one season with them. He played 27
games, making eight pitching appearances.
This has been a bit of a breakout summer for Sinnen, a rising junior at Old Dominion
from Norfolk, Virginia. Already, he has more at bats, runs, and hits for the Grays than he has for
his overall college career, and has become one of the Grays’ most reliable offensive forces. He is
the team leader in hits, two of which have been home runs. His. 308 batting average is the best
on the Grays and the ninth-best in the entire league. Sinnen has taken on the role of designated
hitter for most of the season, but when he is a position player, he is often at catcher or,
occasionally, first base. According to the All-Star roster, Sinnen will be playing first base in
It can be a bit daunting to go into the All-Star game and realize the weight of pressure
and expectations, but these three players aren’t too worried. Carpenter said that his goals were to
“hit well, and if I pitch, pitch well. There’s really nothing more you can ask for.” If these three
hit as well for the All-Star game as they’ve been hitting for the Grays, they should lead the South
to victory tonight.