IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine embarks into the summer portion of the baseball slate with its players spread into the far corners of the country to play in the summer season.
Summer baseball will outfit 21 players in all in its annual training arena in stationed in states such as Massachusetts, Florida, Wisconsin, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and right here in California.
The high-profile addition has been made by the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the prestigious Cape Cod League where Calvin Faucher will play over the summer.
The main crux of players will be housed in the West Coast League which is planted within the Pacific Northwest of Washington and Oregon. Ten players have been dealt into five different clubs ready to battle it out amongst themselves. Adam Alcantara is the only 'Eater not paired up with anyone as he joins the Victoria Harbourcats, currently ranked No. 25 in the national summer league poll.
UCI pairs include Dylan Riddle and Matt Reitano joining the Wenatchee Apple Sox, Cameron Bishop and Cole Kreuter aboard the Corvallis Knights, and Ryan Johnston and Griffin Mazur hacking with the Walla Walla Sweets.
The final trio have joined the Yakima Valley Pippins, ranked No. 15 in the summer league, with current Anteaters Mikey Filia and Jordan Bocko in the fold, and the added incoming player of infielder Christian Koss rounding out the 'Eater contingent.
California will house six Anteaters within two leagues. The California Collegiate League will be home to John Brontsema and Evan Cassolato with the Santa Barbara Foresters. Nearby organizations in the OC Riptide and So Cal Catch wrangled in Shaun Vetrovec and Jake Hazard, both with the Riptide, and Daniel Alvarez, who will compete with the Catch who currently sits No. 29 in the rankings.
Michael Martin completes the list of those staying in state as he joins the SCCBL side, San Diego Force.
Brontsema was drafted in the 26th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, and will need to make a decision to return for his senior season or sign with the club before August 16. His teammate, Elliot Surrey, was also chosen in the 26th round and will join the Everett Aqua Sox, the short-season single-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The final two Anteaters are on solo missions across the country. Parker Coss is the lone representative of the Northwoods League tagging onto the Green Bay Bullfrogs roster. Matt Marini will venture to his home state of Florida to play for the Pompano Beach Clippers of the South Florida Collegiate League.
Most of the placements have been finalized, but the mid-season additions still could make their way onto rosters with the likes of Keston Hiura and numerous incoming recruits as part of that. All additions, updates, and highlights related to the Anteater baseball program can be found here on ucirvinesports.com as well as all of the UCI baseball social media platforms. More in-depth information can be found among the full roster of Anteaters below:
|Team USA||Hiura||U.S. Collegiate National Team||@USABaseballCNT|
|Cape Cod||Faucher||Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox||@YD_RedSox|
|West Coast||Bishop / Kreuter||Corvallis Knights||@CorvKnights|
|Bocko / Filia / Koss||Yakima Valley Pippins||@PippinsBaseball|
|Reitano / Riddle||Wenatchee Apple Sox||@AppleSox|
|Johnston / Mazur||Walla Walla Sweets||@WWSweets|
|California Collegiate||Cassolato||Santa Barbara Foresters||@SBForesters|
|Hazard / Vetrovec||OC Riptide||@ocriptide|
|Alvarez||So Cal Catch||@socalcatch|
|SCCBL||Martin||San Diego Force|
|Glazier||Arroyo Seco Sentinels||@ArroyoSeco_Base|
|South Florida||Marini||Pompano Beach Clippers|
|Alaska Baseball||Guenette / Sparling||Anchorage Bucs||@AnchorageBucs|
|Northwoods||Coss||Green Bay Bullfrogs||@GBBullfrogs|
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