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Paying Dividends

Powell Latimer -Premium Content

In the spring of 2007, Matt Hayes took a chance. The coach of the Forest City Owls needed an extra arm, and it was too late to draw a big-name player into the Coastal Plain League. So Hayes brought in a stringy, 6-foot righthander out of a small junior college in Illinois named Spencer Patton. Two years later, it looks like Hayes made one heck of a good call. Patton, now a junior at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, was back in the Coastal Plain Leage and led the league in strikeouts. Through his first two starts of 2009, Patton dealt 27 Ks in just 14 innings of work.

College | #2009#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

No Minor Feat

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Weeks before the USA Baseball collegiate national team finished off its perfect summer, a first-inning pickoff might have been the biggest play of the whole campaign. In the second game of pool play at Haarlem Honkbal Week in the Netherlands, Team USA was up against a Cuban national team that was the same minus one player from its 2004 Olympic gold medal team and its 2006 World Baseball Classic squad. Cuba's Glorbis Duvergel singled against USA lefthander Mike Minor to lead off the game, but Minor stopped Cuba in its tracks and gave the Americans the momentum by picking Duvergel off first.

College | #2008#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

Summer Stock

John Manuel -Premium Content

This summer, Eastern Kentucky sophomore Christian Friedrich has joined the rest of the nation's top college players in the Cape Cod League, pitching for the Falmouth Commodores. And just like most of his collegiate baseball career, he was off to good start—and in the meantime, he said, he's having the best summer of his life.

College | #2008#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

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John Manuel -Premium Content

The 2005 Cape Cod League all-star game featured North Carolina teammates Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller on the mound to start the game, beginning a scoreless duel that also featured pitchers such as Tim Lincecum and Brandon Morrow who pushed radar gun readings toward the 100 mph mark. The big pitching name of the 2006 edition of the game was . . . Matt LaPorta?

College | #2007#Summer Scene#Summer Stock

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Will Kimmey -Premium Content

On the final day of Perfect Game's biggest summer tournament, an extraordinarily hectic seven days of the World Wood Bat Association 18-and-under summer championship came to a close—fittingly, with a dramatic conclusion.

College | #2006#Summer Scene#Summer Stock