It was a big summer weekend for at least three Diamond Dogs playing collegiate off-season baseball in the northeast and midwest. Outfielder Bryce Chance returned after taking nearly a week off, Mississippi State transfer outfielder Colton Ledbetter continued his hot hitting, and left-handed pitcher Cole Cheatham had his best outing by a long shot during weekend competition.
Chance, who was hit by a pitch a little more than a week ago and missed the next four games, responded to his return in grand style. Chance went six-for-13 (.462) in three games over the weekend with three runs scored and three knocked in for Danville (Ill.) of the Prospect League. He went three-for-five in his debut return. Danville is 12-7 this summer, tied for first in the Wabash River Division of the PLB.
Ledbetter had four hits in 11 at bats (.364) with three runs scored and three driven in. He also had three walks and hit his third home run of the summer. Ledbetter and Mississippi State teammate third baseman Slate Alford (two-for-nine on the weekend) have their Newport Gulls in the Coastal Division lead of the New England Collegiate Baseball league at 7-4.
But as big as their weekends were, Cheatham may have even one-upped their accomplishments. Cheatham tossed four innings of hitless, scoreless runs in a five-inning combined no-hitter for Amsterdam in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Cheatham and Cornell’s Von Baker hooked up for the no-no against Watertown in a 12-0 victory. Amsterdam is 12-2 this summer and has a commanding lead in the East Division of the PGCBL.
Cheatham, a native of Ardmore, Ala., saw limited work with the Bulldogs this past spring due to illness and injury. He appeared in 12.2 innings over 10 games for the Diamond Dogs and struck out 18 batters. He threw three innings of shutout ball against Samford in mid-May. Cheatham has always had swing-and-miss abilities. He whiffed 124 in just over 52 innings his senior season at Ardmore.
Elsewhere, outfielder Kellum Clark scored a run and drove in one during two full games and a pinch-hitting appearance for Wareham in the Cape Cod League. And shortstop Lane Forsythe entered a game in a defensive role after starting the first game of the year for Bourne (Cape Cod League). Bourne (3-3) and Wareham (3-4) are chasing division leaders Cotuit in the Cape Cod West.
2022 SUMMER STATS
Bryce Luck 13G 53AB 12R 17H 9RBI .321AVG 3 2B 0 3B 0 HR
Colton Ledbetter 10G 37AB 11R 13H 10RBI .351AVG 1 2B 0 3B 3 HR
Slate Alford 10G 36AB 7R 11H 6RBI .306AVG 4 2B 0 3B 2 HR
Lane Forsythe 2G 3AB 0R 0H 0RBI .000AVG 0 2B 0 3B 0 HR
Kellum Clark 6G 17AB 2R 4H 4RBI .235AVG 3 2B 0 3B 0 HR
Cole Cheatham 3G 10.2IP 6H 5ER 1-0 WL 4.22ERA 12BB 17K