Several of this summer’s Utica Brewers kicked off their spring seasons at their respective colleges during the month of February. As we flip our calendars and make the turn to March, college baseball is in full swing. Seven Utica Brewers put together noteworthy performances during the opening month of the college baseball season, a foreshadowing of the talent that will be playing their trade in the Mohawk Valley this summer in the PGCBL.
No Brewer has made more of an impact than Moses Charles, a shortstop at Alcorn State University. Charles has appeared in nine games thus far with the Braves, where he has amassed a .444 batting average with 12 hits on 27 plate appearances. Charles’ batting average is tops in the SWAC, 15 points higher than DJ Wallace of Southern University. Charles has also picked up five RBI’s, scored four runs and stolen five bases on seven attempts, with his steals also tops on the team.
Utilityman Christian Williams has also gotten off on a tear out of the gates, with 27 hits in his first 67 plate appearances, good for a .403 batting average which is second best on Gulf State College. In addition to two home runs and 11 runs batted in, Williams has recorded five doubles, good for third on the roster. Williams also ranks second on the Commodores roster with a .567 slugging percentage.
Outfielder Cedric Mullins is one of the most diverse players on Utica’s roster, with a combination of power and speed at Louisburg College. Mullins opened the season with a nine game hitting streak out of the gates, leading to 14 hits in his first 36 at bats. Mullins has collected a home run and three RBI’s, in addition to three doubles, a triple and four stolen bases. In a four game series against the College of Southern Maryland from Feb. 22 through Feb. 23, Mullins went 7 for 15, with six runs scored, two runs batted in and three stolen bases.
Cody Burton put in another stout performance from the Brewers outfield, with eight hits on 26 opportunities, good for a .308 batting average. Playing his college baseball at Alabama-Huntsville, Burton has also amassed eight runs batted in and two doubles through 14 games. Burton began the season with a 4 for 5 performance in two games against Kentucky State on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. Burton also composed a total of five runs batted in and six runs scored during the two game set.
Third baseman Anthony Villa has thrived at the Division One level, with a .333 batting average in 11 games with the Gaels. Villa has 13 base hits, three doubles, six runs batted in and two stolen bases thus far in the 2013-14 campaign. Villa has also posted a ,469 on base percentage, second best amongst played who have appeared in all 11 games for St. Mary’s.
On the pitching end, right-hander Chris Bonk of Garden City Community College put in a solid first start, with six shutout innings on Feb. 15 in a 6-0 victory over Indian Hills Community College. Bonk fanned two while he surrendered just three hits and walked only two. Reliever Adam Somers of Fisher College also had an impressive first outing, a two-inning relief appearance in a 5-1 win over Truett-McConnell. Somers retired all six of the batters he faced, finishing with one strikeout.