Aug. 25, 2014


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COLUMBUS, Ohio Members of the Ohio State baseball team recently ended successful summer ball seasons across the nationFive Buckeyes were named All-Stars in their respective leagues and several put together solid campaigns. 

Ronnie Dawson, Trace Dempsey and Travis Lakins were named Prospect League All-Stars, while Troy Montgomery and Pat Porter were named Northwoods League All-Stars this past summer.  In addition, Porter was named a first team summer collegiate All-American, while Dawson earned third team accolades by Perfect Game. Overall, 25 members competed in summer ball. The team returns to campus next week to begin classes Aug. 27, while fall practice opens in early September.

Some highlights on Ohio State summer league action:

Ronnie Dawson (Chillicothe Paints): Dawson batted .303 with 11 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 44 RBI, 45 runs scored 32 walks and 17 stolen bases in 57 games. His 11 home runs were the most in the league, while his 44 RBI and 45 runs scored were good enough for second overall.

Trace Dempsey (Chillicothe Paints): Dempsey posted a 1-0 record with 11 saves and a 0.66 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched. The right-hander struck out 43 batters and allowed just 15 hits in 22 appearances. He finished the second half of the league on a strong note, striking out 24 batters in 10.2 innings of work.

Travis Lakins (Chillicothe Paints): Highlighted by a perfect game against West Virginia June 20, Lakins notched a 5-0 mark with a 1.93 ERA over five starts. The right-hander struck out 28, while allowing 15 hits and just one walk. Lakins struck out 14 batters in a perfect nine innings to claim a 3-0 win vs. West Virginia.

Troy Montgomery (Kalamazoo Growlers): Batting mostly in the leadoff spot, Montgomery hit .357 with seven doubles, four triples and three home runs, to help tally an impressive .962 OPS. His .357 average led the Growlers (min. 100 AB), while also leading the team in runs scored (37), triples (4), walks (26) and steals (13) in 47 games.

Pat Porter (Kenosha Kingfish): Porter batted .324 with 15 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 63 RBI and 53 runs scored in 70 games played. He finished as the league’s RBI champion with 63 in 69 games played, while also finishing fourth in runs scored, fifth in home runs and tied for seventh in doubles. His slugging percentage ranked in the Top 3 at .543.

Craig Nennig (Alexandria Blue Anchors) – Nennig batted .286 with 15 doubles, a triple, three home runs, 39 runs scored and 21 RBI in 61 contests.

Joe Stoll (Lorain County) – The left-hander was 2-2 overall with a 2.79 ERA in over 20 appearances. He fanned 28, while allowing 24 hits.

Aaron Gretz (Alexandria Blue Anchors) – Gretz batted .274 with seven doubles, four home runs, 27 RBI and 21 runs scored.

Zach Ratcliff (Kenosha Kingfish): Ratcliff batted .238 with nine doubles, eight home runs, 38 RBI  and 29 runs scored with 34 walks.

Shea Murray (Chillicothe Paints): The right-hander claimed a 2.60 ERA with a 4-1 record in 20 appearances, striking out 31, while allowing just 12 hits in 27.2 innings pitched.