Knights Begin Their Journey Across the Country for Summer Ball

June 6, 2011

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Although UCF's 2011 season came to a close in the NCAA Tournament, several Knights will return to the diamond right away to take part in seven different collegiate wood-bat summer leagues. That includes four players who are slated to participate in the prestigious Cape Cod League.

The Cape opens its 2011 schedule this Friday, and representing the Knights will be four would-be juniors in closer Joe Rogers, shortstop Darnell Sweeney, center fielder Ronnie Richardson and first baseman/right-handed pitcher D.J. Hicks.

A total of 13 Knights will spread out across the country to work on their game in preparation for the 2012 UCF season. Check out the full list below of what teams they will be suiting up with this summer.

UCF Baseball in Collegiate Summer Leagues
Cal Ripken League
RHP Ben Lively - Youse's Orioles

Cape Cod League
LHP Joe Rogers - Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
SS Darnell Sweeney - Harwich Mariners
CF Ronnie Richardson - Harwich Mariners
1B/RHP D.J. Hicks - Bourne Braves

Valley League
RHP Bryan Brown - Staunton Braves
RHP Danny Winkler - Luray Wranglers
IF Austin Johnston - Waynesboro Generals
OF Erik Hempe - Luray Wranglers

Jayhawk League
RHP Matt Collins - Hays Larks

Florida Collegiate Summer League
IF Spencer Haynes - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs

Northwoods League
C/OF Ryan Breen - Mankato MoonDogs

Central Illinois League
OF Alex Friedrich - Danville Dans