June 10, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With the summer already here, 17 Santa Clara baseball stars will highlight summer leagues ranging from the New England coast all the way to the Great White North, and Broncos fans can follow the adventures of SCU ballplayers right here on SantaClaraBroncos.com.
This summer, Santa Clara boasts two student-athletes that were invited to national team trials. Catcher Tommy Medica will be spending his summer once again with either the U.S. National team or making his way to the East Coast as a member of the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League. Meanwhile, freshman All-American Thain Simon, who has dual citizenship in the USA and Canada, was invited to the Canadian National team trials. He will either travel with them or compete as a member of the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaskan Baseball League.
A quartet of Broncos will spend their summer in the Northwoods Baseball League, based in and around the greater Wisconsin-Minnesota area. Power hitter Evan LeBlanc returns to the Madison Mallards this summer and will be joined by righty Alex Rivers, while Jon Karcich will suit up for the Green Bay Bullfrogs and Geoff Klein will be featured in the Wisconsin Woodchucks' lineup.
Matt Long, Ian O'Connor and Jason Westerberg will remain in California this summer. Long will play for the independent Maxim Yankees and O'Connor returns home to play for the San Luis Obispo Blues for the second straight summer, while Westerberg will stay in the Bay Area and compete for the San Francisco Seals.
Although his team hasn't been decided, Curtis Wagner will play in the Hawaii Collegiate League while Jim Heintz returns to Arizona to play for the Reds. Patrick Terry will be featured in the lineup for the Regina Red Sox of the Western Major Baseball League and Thomas Dore will play for the Palo Alto Oaks of the Western Baseball Association.
2008 Santa Clara Broncos Summer League Assignments
Nate Garcia - Cape Cod Baseball League - Cotuit Kettlers
Steve Kalush - Cape Cod Baseball League - Harwich Mariners
Matt Renner - West Coast Collegiate League - Spokane River Hawks
Alex Rivers - Northwoods League - Madison Mallards
Thain Simon - Team Canada or MatSu Miners
Joe Supple - West Coast Collegiate League - Bend Elks
Jason Westerberg - California Collegiate League - San Francisco Seals
David Abraham - TBA
Thomas Dore, Jr. - Western Major Baseball League - Palo Alto Oaks
James Heintz - Arizona Collegiate League - Reds
Jon Karcich - Northwoods League - Green Bay Bullfrogs
Geoff Klein - Northwoods League - Wisconsin Woodchucks
Evan LeBlanc - Northwoods League - Madison Mallards
Matt Long - Maxim Yankees
Tommy Medica - Team USA or Harwich Mariners
Ian O'Connor - California Collegiate League - San Luis Obispo Blues
Patrick Terry - Western Major Baseball League - Regina Red Sox
Kyle Van Dusen - TBA
Curtis Wagner - Hawaii Collegiate League - TBA