Panthers represented in NECBL, FCBL
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Six members of the Plymouth State University baseball team participated in high-level prospect leagues throughout the summer, announced head coach Clay Jenkins as the team wraps up its fall ball schedule.
Senior David Sampson (Bellingham, Mass.) headlined the group, pitching for the Upper Valley Nighthawks of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Sampson was strong for the Nighthawks, sporting an impressive 1.37 ERA while collecting a pair of wins. The 6-4 righty recorded 18 strikeouts against eight walks over 13 appearances. The hard-throwing senior is expected to compete for the closer role on the Panthers' 2019 staff.
A trio of Panthers played for the Winnipesaukee Muskrats, also of the NECBL. Junior Ryan Richard (Berlin, N.H.) earned an All-Star nomination as an outfielder. The 5-4 lefty led the team with a .333 average over 23 games, while finishing with a .441 on base percentage and seven stolen bases. Richard ended the year with 16 runs scored.
Juniors Tyler Brown (Littleton, N.H.) and Mark Levesque (Milton, N.H.) were members of the Muskrats' pitching staff. Brown, a 6-1 right-hander, pitched in a variety of roles. He finished the summer with 18 strikeouts over 22.2 innings, while seeing increased velocity and improved command of his off-speed pitches.
Levesque, a transfer, posted a 4.02 ERA over 15 innings. The 6-3 righty finished with 12 strikeouts while picking up one win. Levesque is expected to compete for a front-end starting role for the Panthers in the spring.
Senior Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) had a very strong summer pitching for the Northshore Navigators in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). Gaita, slated to be one of the Panthers' top starters in 2019, picked up a pair of wins while throwing to a 3.93 ERA with 25 strikeouts over 32 innings pitched.
Senior Cam Cossette (Milford, Mass.) rounded out the group, pitching with the North Adams Steeplecats in the NECBL. Cossette picked up one win after joining the Steeplecats late in the summer. According to Jenkins, he's made huge strides during his time at Plymouth State, and he's ready to pitch at the front of the Panthers' staff in 2019.
PSU posted a 16-19 record last spring, including wins over three nationally-ranked opponents. The Panthers finished 5-9 in the Little East Conference, making their tenth overall appearance in the LEC Tournament, and second in the last three years under Jenkins.
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