July 10, 2018
Over the summer, the Ole Miss baseball team has 17 Rebels in six different summer collegiate baseball leagues across the country, as well as one representative on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Below is a look at how the current Rebels, dubbed the `Rebs of Summer,' performed on the field during the summer break.
Parker Caracci | RHP | Collegiate National Team
Caracci picked up right where he left off after an All-American campaign in 2018. One of the nation's
best closers, Caracci was selected for the USA Baseball Collegiate National team, and he hasn't disappointed, playing his way to a spot on the 26-man roster. The Jackson native made his first appearance on June 28 against Chinese Taipei, going one flawless inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced to help seal a 3-2 win. Since then, he comfortably earned two saves for Team USA, allowing just one baserunner in each one-inning save. In the Collegiate National Team's series vs. Japan, Caracci delivered perhaps the biggest pitching performance of the five-game set. In Game 4, he went 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk to set the stage for a Team USA comeback to clinch the series. Overall, Caracci has worked eight innings, allowing no runs on just two hits and two walks, striking out seven.
CAPE COD LEAGUE
Thomas Dillard | OF/C | Cotuit Kettleers
After his stellar sophomore season, Dillard headed back to the Cape and was on a tear for the Cotuit Kettleers, boosting his batting average as high as .370 before taking time off to take part in the College Home Run Derby. Since returning to Cotuit, Dillard has worked his swing back into game form, recording hits in each of the last three games, including a home run July 7 against Hyannis.
Greer Holston | RHP | Bourne Braves
After a tough first outing in Cape Cod League play, Holston has been on an absolute tear. In his last six appearances, he has gone 9.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits and four walks. Holston has seven relief appearances in total and has taken on the closer role of late, finishing out each of his last five appearances.
Cooper Johnson | C | Bourne Braves
Johnson has split time starting at catcher for Bourne and has improved at the plate as the summer has gone on. He has raised his batting average by .108 over the last four games, going 5-for-11 with four runs scored and two RBI in that span.
Jordan Fowler | LHP | Hyannis Harbor Hawks
Fowler has started four games for the Harbor Hawks, recording one win in that span. He went 5.0 innings on June 24 against Orleans, allowing three runs on seven hits in the 7-3 victory for Hyannis. He's averaging an even nine strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Houston Roth | RHP | Hyannis Harbor Hawks
Roth boasts a 3.85 ERA over four starts for Hyannis this summer. He allowed just one run on three hits over four innings in his first start of the season, June 15 against Cotuit. The Oxonian allowed just two earned runs on four hits in his following outing. On June 27 against Brewster, he went 4.2 innings without allowing an earned run on just three hits.
Will Ethridge | RHP | Falmouth Commodores
Ethridge has made two relief appearances and one start for Falmouth this summer. He gave up no runs on just one hit, going 0.2 innings to open up his Cape campaign. In his first start of the summer, he went 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk.
CAL RIPKEN LEAGUE
Tim Elko | IF | Baltimore Redbirds
Finding his hitting stroke of late, Elko boasts seven multi-hit performances in his last 13 games for the Redbirds. That includes a trio of three-hit games. He went 3-for-6 with three runs scored on June 29, 3-for-5 with a home run and a double on July 8 and 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI on July 9. Over the past week, Elko hit .357 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI.
Carl Gindl | OF | Baltimore Redbirds
Gindl has hit it as well as anyone in the Cal Ripken League this season en route to an All-Star nod. He's currently second in the league in batting average (.404), first in stolen bases (20) and sixth in runs scored (24). Gindl opened his summer on a nine-game hitting streak and has only been held hitless five times in 25 games.
Anthony Servideo | IF | Baltimore Redbirds
Servideo joined Gindl on the Cal Ripken League All-Star team, and he's right next to him at the top of the league hitting charts. Servideo sits third in the league in batting average (.386), first in on-base percentage (.500), tied for first in runs scored (28) and first in triples (6). He recently saw a 10-game hitting streak snapped at the end of a tremendous week: .444, 2 2B, 4 3B, 8 RBI.
Chase Cockrell | DH/OF | Conejo Oaks
Cockrell wasted little time getting going for Conejo, going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored in his 2018 summer league debut. In 14 games, he boasts five multi-hit outings, four doubles, a triple, four home runs, 17 RBI and nine runs scored. Cockrell came through with a massive two-homer game on July 3. The Rebel DH also had two multi-hit games during the 2018 season for Ole Miss.
Michael Spears | OF | Conejo Oaks
Spears has found his bat of late for Conejo, hitting .444 over the past week with two doubles and four runs scored. Spears has scored 15 times in 18 games for the Oaks, tallying four doubles along the way. Showing his speed, Spears has stolen a team-high nine bases spending time as the Conejo center fielder.
Jacob Adams | IF | Fond du Lac Dock Spiders
Adams has had a strong summer thus far for Fond du Lac, pushing his batting average as high as .279 in early July. He has a pair of doubles and a triple to go along with 11 runs scored and seven RBI for the Dock Spiders.
Cole Zabowski | 1B | Fond du Lac Dock Spiders
After an outstanding sophomore campaign, Zabowski has carried his play over into summer ball. He has two home runs and five doubles for the Dock Spiders, driving in 10 runs and scoring 12 himself. Zabowski has been hovering just shy of .300 all summer. He had back-to-back three-hit games in late June, just before starting a nine-game hitting streak.
PERFECT GAME LEAGUE
Max Cioffi | RHP | Albany Dutchmen
Cioffi started his Ole Miss career strong, and he's done the same so far in summer ball. Cioffi has been lights-out, posting a 1.45 ERA and a 2-0 record through three relief appearances and one start. In 12.1 innings of work, Cioffi has allowed just two earned runs on eight hits and four walks, striking out 13.
Ray Falk | RHP | Brookhaven Bucks
Falk has been tremendous in the Sunbelt League for Brookhaven, posting a perfect 0.00 ERA over 8.2 innings of work. He has one save on his record and has given up just six hits and three walks, striking out seven.
Pierce Smith | LHP | Brookhaven Bucks
Much like his Brookhaven teammate, Smith has been stellar for the Bucks. The Rebel lefty hasn't allowed a run in seven innings, giving up just three hits and walking only one along the way. Smith also boasts eight strikeouts for the Bucks.