Eight Honkers eye College World Series
By Troy Young
Because of college baseball's regional tournaments, the Rochester Honkers Northwoods League baseball team, which starts practice Monday in Rochester, will be without up to eight players.
Pitcher Vince Bongiovanni's Miami Hurricanes are in the Florida regional this weekend. Pitcher Ryan Sneir also plays for Miami, but was declared a red-shirt and will be in Rochester this weekend.
Pitcher Dave O'Hagan's Stanford Cardinal are hosting a four-team regional.
Pitchers Mike Pete and Connor Falkenbach, and outfielder Jeff Corsaletti all are playing for the Florida Gators in the Florida regional.
Pitcher David Bader's Southwest Missouri State Bears are in a regional in Nebraska.
Second baseman Rocky Scelfo's Louisiana State Tigers are hosting a regional.
Catcher Joel Bocchi's Arizona State Sun Devils are hosting a regional.
The Super Regionals are June 7-9; the College World Series begins June 14 in Omaha, Neb.
Former Rochester Honkers pitcher Valentino Pascucci is on the Montreal Expos 40-man roster as an outfielder.
Twins outfielder Bobby Kielty, who was a teammate of Mayo grad Michael Restovich's at Class AAA Edmonton earlier this spring, played in the Northwoods League in 1997, for the then-Kenosha Kroakers. Kielty signed with the (Austin) Southern Minny Stars in 1998, then played in the Cape Cod League. Kielty signed with the Twins in February, 1999.
Kenyon-Wanamingo grad Guye Senjem is hitting .301 with eight homers and 27 RBIs for the Class A Stockton Ports, which are 38-16 atop the Northern Division of the California League.
Lourdes grad Dan Lawler's Daytona Cubs are 24-31, and tied for last place in the East Division of the Florida State League. Lawler is in his first year as a coach with the Cubs.
For the first time, Elgin will have an American Legion baseball team this summer. Todd Stellmaker will be coach.
Troy Young's local sports notes run every Thursday and Saturday in the Post-Bulletin. He can be reached at email@example.com