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Kiwis Worldwide: June Update

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Welcome to the June edition of the “Kiwis Worldwide” blog, aiming to keep you in touch with how New Zealand baseball players are going, playing the game all around the world.

In this month’s offering, I’ll be taking a look at how our professional players have started their seasons whilst also looking at a few players who are starting to make a name for themselves in the college/high school arena in the U.S.

It was a big day recently for Diamondblacks and Toronto Blue Jays infielder Daniel Devonshire when he played alongside rehabbing Major League shortstop Jose Reyes. Reyes is a bona fide superstar in the Major Leagues having previously played for the New York Mets and was traded to the Blue Jays in a blockbuster deal earlier this year from the Miami Marlins. Dan said it was great to play with and get to know Reyes and added that he was “one of the best guys I have had the pleasure to meet”. Meanwhile, the Gulf Coast League got underway this week, so in my next blog I’ll give you an update on how Dan has started his season, along with progress for Te Wera Bishop at the Red Sox and Pita Rona at the Orioles.

In Canada, Diamondblacks pitcher Andrew Marck has had an up and down beginning to life at the London Majors in Canada’s Intercounty Baseball League. After four starts Andrew is 1-2 with a 6.00ERA with 18 innings pitched, picking up 11 strikeouts. After a first up loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a no decision against current table toppers the Brantford Red Sox, and a loss to the Kitchener Panthers, Andrew's most recent start against the Barrie Baycats definitely has him back on track after throwing a complete game, including 6 shutout innings, giving up only 6 hits and picking up 3 strikeouts to pick up the win. The London Majors currently sit second on the table, five games behind the Brantford Red Sox.

Bild von Daniel Lamb-HuntMeanwhile, in Germany, Daniel Lamb-Hunt is back playing for his Bonn Capitals team after an ankle ligament injury kept him out for a month. The break hasn’t slowed his batting down however with the Diamondblack utility currently hitting .370 after 10 games, with 3 home runs a triple, 3 doubles and 9 RBI.

Daniel said it was good to be back after the injury. “Since being back a couple of weeks now, a couple of homeruns last week, and a timely double the week before, so the hitting is coming back good.”

In Germany, the league is broken up into a north and south division, with Daniel playing in the north. “Each league has 3-4 good solid teams and 4 not so talented but scrappy teams. The 3 main teams in the north are Soligen Alligators who are leading us by 2 games, and Paderborn Untouchables, who we play this week and Hamburg make up the top four in the north. In the south there is Regensburg, Mainz, Heidenheim haar uns Stuttgart who are all playoff contenders, as the south league is more well-rounded with the gap between the bottom and the top not as big as the north, but the teams are as good as the north at the upper end.”

He went on to say that “of course baseball is a minority sport so whilst they don’t attract the huge crowds that follow football, they may get 300-600 people to a game on a great day, and other teams will struggle to get 100.”

Fellow Diamondblack Marko Lezaic is also plying his trade in Germany, as he has just taken up a contract in Germany with Ingolstadt Schanzer to help develop their baseball program and grow the club. As Marko says "it is an opportunity to continue my baseball career and a step in the door for the german league." Best of Luck Marko!
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Marko Lezaic reinforces the Ingolstadt Schanzer

Back in the U.S., Diamondblacks’ pitcher Joe Boyce has just completed his high school spring season with Eastside Catholic High School in Washington State and finished with being named in the 3A All-Star team after a stellar season on the mound. Joe had an outstanding 7-0 win-loss record with a superb ERA of just 1.12 in 8 games. Joe gave up only 6 earned runs on 22 hits in the 38.1 innings he pitched while striking out 50. Following his stint at Eastside Catholic, Joe has signed up to play at NCAA Division 1 Abilene Christian University in Texas.

At the same time, Joe’s younger brother Jimmy Boyce has also had a great start to his season playing for the Northwest Bandits Baseball 16U Team in Washington. After 15 games the team is 9 and 6 with plenty of power from Jimmy who is currently hitting .358 with 13 RBI, a triple and 3 doubles. Said his father Joe Boyce Snr “he’s really starting to swing the bat well” in the Seattle Elite League.

Well that’s it for now, so keep pitching, hitting, fielding or just following the great game of baseball and I’ll be back soon with another update.

Yours in Baseball

Ian McDonald

Wedz is yet to hit a auto but hit 2 doubles yesterday one off the green monster and one off centrefield fence with loaded bases (clearing the bases). He also threw a runner out at in the game. This takes him to 8rbi's, 5 walks, 2 sacs and 4 doubles with a .375 Average (9-24) and 1 from 1 on steal attempts against him.
The coaches are really happy with his calling because he has had 24 innings catching so far with 3 runs and calling two 1 hit games as well.every week, we catch up and talk baseball and it seems like he is doing well with the transition."

Wedz is yet to hit a auto but hit 2 doubles yesterday one off the green monster and one off centrefield fence with loaded bases (clearing the bases). He also threw a runner out at in the game. This takes him to 8rbi's, 5 walks, 2 sacs and 4 doubles with a .375 Average (9-24) and 1 from 1 on steal attempts against him.
The coaches are really happy with his calling because he has had 24 innings catching so far with 3 runs and calling two 1 hit games as well.na every week, we catch up and talk baseball and it seems like he is doing well with the transition."

Wedz is yet to hit a auto but hit 2 doubles yesterday one off the green monster and one off centrefield fence with loaded bases (clearing the bases). He also threw a runner out at in the game. This takes him to 8rbi's, 5 walks, 2 sacs and 4 doubles with a .375 Average (9-24) and 1 from 1 on steal attempts against him.
The coaches are really happy with his calling because he has had 24 innings catching so far with 3 runs and calling two 1 hit games as well.

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