We’ve got a couple of summer league notes from last week to pass along. On Wednesday, Louisville third baseman Chris Dominguez joined Frank Thomas as the only players ever to hit three home runs in a game with wood bats in the Cape Cod League. Dominguez blasted three homers for the Hyannis Mets in a 6-4 win over Falmouth, driving in five runs in the process and boosting his league-leading homer total to six. He’s added two more since, giving him eight homers for the summer–three more than second-place Connor Powers. Dominguez was a fifth-round pick of the Rockies this June as a draft-eligible sophomore, and his homer binge only increases the chances that Colorado will make a push to sign him before the Aug. 15 deadline. Of course, Dominguez’s power has never been in doubt–he’s been one of the nation’s premier power hitters for the last two years at Louisville. Dominguez has continued to strike out in bushels this summer–he has 28 whiffs and six walks in 90 at-bats–but he is batting a very respectable .278 and leading the league with a .611 slugging percentage and 14 extra-base hits.
On Friday, the Valley League announced that a 12th team will join the league in 2009. The expansion Rockbridge Rapids will play home games under the newly installed lights at Cap’n Dick Smith Field on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Rockbridge County, Va. The addition means the league will have doubled in size from six teams to 12 since 2001.
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