BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Sixteen Florida Atlantic University baseball players took part in Summer Leagues across the nation this year. Several of their teams went deep into the playoffs and multiple Owls were named to their respective All-Star teams.
Alex House earned the spotlight in his final game of summer ball, dealing a complete-game shutout at Tropicana Field to lead the Sanford River Rats to the Florida League title. On the season, House was a perfect 6-0 with a 1.23 ERA, striking out 48 in his 65.2 innings of work, earning a spot on the Florida League North All-Star Team.
Fellow pitcher Blake Sanderson also had a prolific summer, being named a Florida League South All-Star with a 3-2 record, 2.57 ERA and 38 strikeouts. Sanderson's Leesburg Lightning team fell to House and the River Rats in the title game.
Infielder CJ Chatham posted a four-RBI game to send his Bourne Braves squad into the second round of the Cape Cod playoffs. On the season, Chatham drove in eight runs with two homers, two triples and seven doubles, batting .301. The rising junior also scored 11 runs over his 28 games.
Catcher Kevin Abraham belted two home runs and three doubles in his 19 games with the Staunton Braves, the runners-up in the Valley League. Abraham drove in nine runs and scored 10 times over the summer.
Rising sophomores Weston Clemente and Gunnar Lambert each spent their summers as members of the Charles Town Cannons. Clemente did not allow a run on the hill while Lambert tallied seven RBI and nine runs.
Infielder Esteban Puerta and his Woodstock River Bandits squad also made the playoffs in the Valley League, in-part due to Puerta's team-leading four home runs. Puerta hit .283 with 23 RBI and six doubles, earning All-League honors.
David McKay and Mark Nowatnick starred for the Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken League, helping their squad win its fourth-consecutive league championship. McKay allowed only eight hits and five earned runs, striking out 23 with a 2.25 ERA. Nowatnick boasted an ERA of just 1.76 with 16 strikeouts and did not suffer a loss on the season.
Rising sophomore Randy Oliva also provided power to his Montauk Mustangs team in the Hamptons Collegiate League, hitting .291 with four home runs and four doubles. The infielder drove in 17 runs, scored 17 runs and swiped six bases.
Stephen Kerr was named an All-Star in the South Florida Collegiate League for the Pompano Beach Clippers, hitting .293 with two home runs, three triples and seven doubles. Kerr scored 35 runs in just 25 games, the highest average of any player in the league.
Billy Endris and Robbie Coursel each helped the Brockston Rox make it to the semifinals of the Futures League Playoffs. The speed of Endris helped the 2015 MLB Draft pick swipe 15 stolen bases and tally nine extra-base hits. Endris scored 31 runs and drove in 12 more in his 42 games. Coursel earned a 2.65 ERA with 39 strikeouts and three victories in his 44 innings on the mound.
Rising senior Brett Lashley hit .293 with a home run and six doubles for his Laconia Muskrats squad in the New England Collegiate League. The infielder scored 12 runs and stole four bases over the course of 28 games.
Jose Bonilla Traverso drove in 11 runs on the summer with a home run and a pair of doubles for the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plain League. Bonilla Traverso scored nine runs and ranked third on the team with three sacrifice hits.