July 7, 2017
The Ole Miss baseball team has 14 Rebels playing in various leagues this summer. Diamond Rebels are competing in five different summer collegiate baseball leagues across the country from Massachusetts to California, and even with Team USA. Below is a look at how the current Rebels, dubbed as the `Rebs of Summer,' are performing on the field during the summer break.
Rebs of Summer
Ryan Rolison | LHP | Orleans Firebirds (Cape Cod)
A Freshman All-American starter in his first season as a Rebel, Rolison has spent his summer with the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League. In two appearances, both starts, the Jackson, Tennessee native is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings. The southpaw has struck out 14 while holding opponents to a .125 average, and allowed only four hits helping the Firebirds to a first-place standing in the East Division. In his first start back on June 25 against Cotuit, the SEC All-Freshman selection struck out five and allowed just two runs to pick up the win. He followed that with another stellar performance against Brewster on July 2, allowing only two hits with nine strikeouts.
Will Ethridge | RHP | Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod)
Another Freshman All-American, Ethridge is also competing in the Cape Cod League and has helped the Commodores to an 11-10 record. In four appearances, all in relief, the Lilburn, Georgia native has a 2.07 ERA in 4.1 innings. He struck out two and allowed just one hit against Bourne (July 2), and has surrendered just one hit on three of his four outings.
James McArthur | RHP | Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod)
McArthur joins Ethridge on Falmouth, and has earned four starts. In 13.0 innings, the tall righty has struck out nine allowed 19 hits. He went five innings against Wareham (June 28) and surrendered only one run with a trio of strikeouts.
Connor Green | RHP | Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod)
A reliever who just came off his sophomore season as a Rebel, Green is one of two Ole Miss players playing for Hyannis in the Cape. The Collierville, Tennessee native has appeared in seven games for the Harbor Hawks out of the bullpen, and has 11 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA. The righty has gone five outings in which he did not allow an earned run, including a three-strikeout performance against Wareham (June 27) in three innings.
Ryan Olenek | IF/OF | Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod)
Olenek, who also just completed his sophomore campaign, joins Green on the Harbor Hawks as the center fielder. In 18 games, the Winter Springs, Florida native is hitting .259 with seven RBI and seven runs scored. The 6-foot-5 Rebel is third on the club with four doubles, and has three two-hit games for Hyannis. He went 2-for-3 in just his fourth game with an RBI, and followed that with another 2-for-3 game against Bourne (June 23) with an RBI.
Thomas Dillard | C/OF | Cotuit Kettleers (Cape Cod)
Dillard is also spending his summer in the Cape with the Cotuit Kettleers, and has played in 12 games. The Oxford, Mississippi native has driven in four runs and scored four times. Dillard hit a 2-run shot back on July 2 against Hyannis, and also drove in runs vs. Chatham (June 19) and Brewster (June 18).
Cole Zabowski | IF | Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken)
One of three Rebels on the Baltimore Redbirds roster, Zabowski has been lights out in the summer league thus far, earning him a spot on the Cal Ripken League All-Star Game North roster. Through 20 games, the Lawrenceville, Georgia native is the second-leading hitter on the club with a .338 clip, and is tied for the team lead with 24 hits. He has driven in 12 runs and drawn 10 walks, scoring nine runs helping the Redbirds to lead the north division with a 16-11 record. His efforts have earned him a chance to play in the Southern Collegiate Showcase (Kannapolis, N.C.) next week, which is a tournament style format that features top prospects from other summer leagues across the country. He, along with two other Rebels, will take part in the 2017 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Annual All-Star game Monday, July 10.
Parker Caracci | RHP | Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken)
Caracci will join Zabowski in both the all-star game and collegiate showcase after a dominant first half of his summer season. The Jackson, Mississippi native leads the team with 14 appearances, and has made the most of his time out of the pen with a 0.94 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched. The righty, who didn’t play this past season, ranks second on the club with 32 strikeouts, and has allowed just 14 hits and four runs. He leads all pitchers in the league with five wins, sporting a perfect 5-0 mark to go along with a pair of saves. Caracci earned a win in his first appearance of the summer with three scoreless innings and only one hit allowed. He followed that a few days later with a six strikeout performance in 2.2 innings of work against the Dodgers (June 16), and also struck out six against Grays (June 29) in only 2.1 innings.
Greer Holston | RHP | Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken)
Holston, also a member of the North All-Star Team, and a representative in the Southern Collegiate Showcase, is tied for the league lead with 33 strikeouts. The Long Beach, Mississippi native carries a 2.41 ERA thus far in five starts, and has allowed only six earned runs off 19 hits. Three of his six outings have been scoreless work, as he most recently struck out nine and allowed only a run against the Giants (July 2). Holston struck out seven batters in back-to-back starts back in June, allowing only three hits in four frames against the Aces (June 20).
Michael Fitzsimmons | IF | Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts (Cal Ripken)
Fitzsimmons, competing against the trio of Redbirds in the Cal Ripken League, has seen action in 20 games for the Thunder Bolts. The Eads, Tennessee native has seven RBI on the summer off 16 hits and five doubles, with 12 runs scored. The righty has also pitched in four games and has yet to allow a run with four strikeouts and a 1-0 record. Fitzsimmons most recently went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs and also scored twice against the Express (July 2). He also had 2-RBI games against the Dodgers (June 18) and Giants (June 17).
Trace Tyre | IF | Albany Dutchmen (Perfect Game)
One of three Rebels in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, Tyre is sixth overall in the league with a .348 average, which leads the Albany Dutchmen. His 31 hits are a team high, and he’s driven in 12 runs off eight doubles and a team high 16 walks. The Madison, Mississippi native has produced eight multi-hit games for the Dutchmen to help them to a 17-10 record thus far. Tyre went 2-for-4 against Glens Falls (June 23) and drove in four, and also had a 3-RBI game back in June against Amsterdam going 2-for-5 with a double.
Houston Roth | RHP | Elmira Pioneers (Perfect Game)
One of two Rebels on the Elmira Pioneers club, Roth has carried his success from this past season straight into the summer, leading the entire league with 39 strikeouts. In five starts, the Oxford, Mississippi native has a 1.86 ERA and 2-1 record in 29 innings. The Freshman All-American was named the PGCBL Week 3 Pitcher of the Week after a record-setting outing in a victory over Newark (June 24). The righty established a new league single-game record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning, complete-game victory, a figure that also tied the major league record. In that contest, he carried a perfect game into the seventh and faced just two batters over the minimum. Roth has allowed no more than five hits in his five starts, and struck out at least five in four of the five outings.
Chase Cockrell | IF | Conejo Oaks (California)
Cockrell is the lone Rebel in the California league, and has maintained a .259 clip through 21 games for the Oaks. Cockrell leads the team with three home runs, and is third with 19 RBI. The Bastrop, Louisiana native also has five triples and has scored 13 runs for Conejo, helping the club to a 12-8 record thus far.
Nick Fortes | C | Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (Northwoods)
Fortes has spent his summer in Wisconsin in the Northwoods League, and is hitting .267 with the Dock Spiders. In 23 games, the DeLand, Florida native has 23 hits and 11 runs scored. He’s driven in 11 runs and hit three doubles and one homer, and has six multi-hit games helping the club to 17 wins thus far.
Dallas Woolfolk | RHP | Team USA Collegiate National Team
Woolfolk, who became the eighth Rebel to play for USA Baseball, has made a huge impact for the club thus far. He leads Team USA with three saves, and has a 1.42 ERA in seven appearances. The Southaven, Mississippi native has worked three combined shutouts, and allowed only two runs – one earned – in 6.1 innings of action, holding opponents to a .130 clip. Woolfolk and Team USA have seven games remaining and will wrap up the summer slate July 17.
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