Michael Fitzsimmons is having a big summer for the Albany Dutchmen
July 14, 2015
The Ole Miss baseball team has 13 Rebels playing in various leagues this summer. Diamond Rebels are competing in five different summer collegiate baseball leagues across the country from Massachusetts to Alaska. Below is a look at how the current Rebels, dubbed as the ‘Rebs of Summer,’ are performing on the field during the summer break.
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Rebs of Summer
Evan Anderson | LHP | Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod)
Anderson has made four appearances for the Mariners, including one start. He has pitched 12.2 innings and holds a 5.68 ERA. The southpaw has been dealing with a struggling defense behind him in his outings as nine runs surrendered have been unearned.
Tate Blackman | IF | Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod)
Blackman is tied for the team lead in runs scored, crossing the plate nine times this summer. He also has drawn the most walks on the club with eight, while his four doubles rank third among the Commodores.
Colby Bortles | IF | Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod)
One of two Rebels on the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, Bortles has played in 23 games for the team that leads the Cape Cod Baseball League’s West Division. Known for his power more than his speed, Bortles has three stolen bases to his credit this summer after going the entire 2015 Ole Miss season without a steal.
Michael Fitzsimmons | IF | Albany Dutchmen (Perfect Game)
Fitzsimmons has been a leader of the Dutchmen throughout the summer. He paces the team in hits (28), doubles (9) and RBI (24). Over the weekend, the Rebel put together a pair of performances that earned him player of the game honors for both contests. First, the infielder went 3-for-4 with three RBI in two runs in an 11-8 victory. One day later, he smacked a double as well as his first home run of the summer, recording three RBI to lead his team to a narrow 7-6 win over Utica. Overall, Fitzsimmons is hitting at a .269 clip through 31 games.
Will Golsan | IF | Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken)
One of three Rebels playing for the Baltimore Redbirds in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, Golsan is batting .244 over 25 contests. Although he did not record either in his debut season at Ole Miss, the second baseman has two triples and one home run this summer. He homered in the eighth to spark a comeback, June 29, and added a three-hit game one week later, July 6.
Henri Lartigue | C | Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas)
Helping lead the Brazos Valley Bombers to a 19-4 record and a first half title, Lartigue was named a Texas Collegiate League All-Star. With a pair of homers, the catcher is tied for the team lead, while also adding four doubles and one triple. Lartigue has crossed the plate 13 times to go along with 14 RBI. Overall, he is currently hitting at a .259 clip.
Nic Perkins | C | Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken)
Another Rebel that is playing for the Redbirds this summer, Perkins is posting a .276 batting average to earn him a spot on the North team for the Cal Ripken Collegiate All-Star Game. The catcher has five doubles and one home run as part of his 21 hits as well as 18 walks for an on-base percentage of .417. He belted a solo homer, July 6, to help lead his team to victory. In the team’s last game, Perkins went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Errol Robinson | IF | Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod)
The left side of the Harbor Hawks’ infield consists of a pair of Rebels in Robinson and Bortles. Through 24 games this summer, Robinson has dazzled fans with his glove while also swinging a hot bat. The Ole Miss shortstop is hitting at a .302 clip and leads the team with 19 runs scored, while his 26 hits are second among Harbor Hawks. In the month of July, he has registered a hit in seven-of-eight games, including back-to-back three hit games. Belting a home run late in the Rebels’ season at Arkansas State, Robinson proved his power was not a fluke by leaving the yard against Orleans, June 28.
Wyatt Short | LHP | Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod)
Short has made seven appearances through this point of the summer, tossing 10.2 innings with an ERA of 3.37. The southpaw leads the Falmouth pitching staff in strikeout-to-walk ratio with 18 strikeouts to just two walks. As the Rebels’ closer in 2015, Short has also nailed down a pair of games for the Commodores, including the team’s victory over Bourne on Sunday, July 12. The second team All-SEC honoree pitched the final 1.2 innings of the matchup, getting four of his five outs via the strikeout.
Will Stokes | RHP | Baltimore Redbirds (Cal Ripken)
Spending time as both a starter and a reliever during his freshman campaign at Ole Miss, Stokes has done the same for the Redbirds this summer. The Meridian, Mississippi native has appeared in nine games, including three starts, to total 25.2 innings of work. Stokes posts an impressive ERA of 1.75 with 23 strikeouts and only four walks. In four appearances during the month of July, Stokes has not allowed a run to cross the plate. The impressive summer earned Stokes a Cal Ripken Collegiate League All-Star nod alongside his teammate Perkins.
Joe Wainhouse | IF | Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Alaska)
Wainhouse is spending the summer with fellow Rebel Kyle Watson in Alaska as the two are members of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. Although he has 11 hits and nine RBI, Wainhouse has also made an appearance on the mound this summer. He tossed 2.2 innings of relief against the Anchorage Bucs, July 1, allowing just one unearned run on one hit. At the plate last week, he blasted a pinch-hit home run for his first of the season.
Kyle Watson | IF/OF | Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Alaska)
Also spending his summer in Alaska with the Glacier Pilots, Watson has shown his versatility by primarily playing in the infield; in his first season as a Rebel, he served as the team’s left fielder but also saw action around the horn. Watson is third on the Glacier Pilots in stolen bases with seven swipes. He’s also added 15 hits and 10 RBI throughout the summer.
J.B. Woodman | OF | Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod)
Spending the summer on the same team as Rebel teammates Blackman and Short, Woodman is tied for team highs in doubles (6) and RBI (8). The Ole Miss outfielder is swinging a hot bat as of late for the Commodores, recording 10 hits in the last seven games. During Falmouth’s current three-game winning streak, Woodman has contributed by going 4-for-11 at the dish with a pair of doubles.