August 08, 2006
Mastroianni and Kehrt honored by NYCBL
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana baseball's junior infielder Darin Mastroianni (Huntersville, North Carolina) and junior right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (Plainfield, Indiana) were named first team All-Stars by the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL). The NYCBL is a NCAA certified summer league for collegiate players from around the country.
In addition to being named an All-Star, Mastroianni was the recipient of the Bob Bellizzi Big Stick Award in helping the Saratoga Phillies win the NYCBL championship series over the Allegany Nitros. The Bob Bellizzi Big Stick Award is given to the top offensive player in the championship series.
Mastroianni, who played shortstop for Saratoga, batted .417 during the post-season with three runs scored, four RBIs, two triples, and four walks. He led the Phillies during the summer by batting .348 with seven doubles, a league-high eight triples, 17 stolen bases, and 25 RBIs
As a substitute for an injured Saratoga player back in the July 6 All-Star Game, Mastroianni won the NYCBL Home Run Derby.
Kehrt was named to the All-Star team as a starting pitcher for the Geneva Red Wings, going 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA. He also struck out 46 batters in 56 innings and posted three complete games and two shutouts.
Saratoga and Mastroianni won the East Division and finished the year with a 26-14 overall record, in addition to winning the overall championship. Geneva and Kehrt finished the year 14-25 overall and in last place in the NYCBL's Central Division.
Slade helped Clarinda to NBC World Series
– University of Southern Indiana senior outfielder Hunter Slade
(Newburgh, Indiana) helped the Clarinda A's to the National Baseball Congress World Series. Clarinda won the Central USA Regional and advanced two rounds of the World Series before bowing out.
Slade batted .307 with 11 RBIs, eight doubles, and a home run in 35 games for the A's.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information