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USC Baseball Summer Performance Report—Cape Cod League

Despite a tough 2018 for the Trojans, several players are having strong summer seasons off the coast of Massachusetts.

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Blake Sabol

Sabol was named to the both the all-star game and home run derby in the highly acclaimed, and historical Cape Cod League. While Sabol played a lot of outfield this past season for the Trojans, he returned to his natural spot behind the plate with the Chatham Anglers.

He leads the Anglers with 17 RBIs, and sits atop both the team and league home run leaders with seven. Sabol is also second on the team and fourth in the league with a .333 average, though has nearly twice as many at-bats as the team leader Spencer Torkelson.

Chatham is currently second in the East Division. The Cape’s midsummer classic as well as the Cumberland Farms Home Run Hitting Contest will take place on July 22.

For the Trojans, Sabol was second on the team with a .273 average and led the team in stolen bases, swiping eight bags in as many attempts.

Ben Ramirez

Ramirez is Sabol’s teammate with the Anglers. After breaking his hand following a promising start and missing a chunk of 2018, the rising sophomore definitely needed the reps this summer.

He is splitting time between his natural position shortstop and third base, and hitting .262 with 8 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

Ramirez hit a similar .265 with two long balls this past year for USC. He was the biggest offensive recruit among Trojan freshmen, ranked No. 91 overall in the country.

Chatham is also by far the most popular team in the Cape Cod League.

Connor Lunn

In the West Division of the Cape Cod League for the Wareham Gatemen, Trojan closer Connor Lunn continues to have a great year on the mound.

Though he’s not getting the same backend-of-the-pen opportunities, the change of role hasn’t affected Lunn. He is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA in five outings, three of them starts, and has held opponents to a .174 batting average.

Lunn needs a few more innings to be in the league’s official statistics leaders, though unofficially that ERA is good for the fourth lowest in the Cape.

The Gatemen have a tight, three-point lead in the West. Teams get two points for a win and one for a draw.

Lunn was a rock late in games for USC this year. He had a 2-2 record along with eight saves and a 2.97 ERA. It will be interesting to see whether he has the opportunity to retain his closer spot, or whether Dan Hubbs elects to move him into the starting rotation come 2019.

For more updates from the Cape Cod League as well as throughout the country where Trojan baseball players are competing this summer, continue following Conquest Chronicles!