Several weeks ago, I documented the early season success of the new Jamestown Jammers. On July 8th, the 2015 Prospect League All-Star Game was played in Richmond, Indiana, and that early season success led to six Jammers being selected as all-stars. Those six players were Paxton De La Garza, Vinny Mallaro, Jalen Washington, Eric Solberg, Cody Maerz and Hunter Jobe.
De La Garza, who attends college at Angelo State University, has been a crucial cog in the Jammers offense for most of the season. In 27 games for the Grapes, the infielder has 29 hits, eight doubles and is toward the top of the league in home runs (three), and RBIs (25).
Mallaro, the SUNY Buffalo product, has missed some time recently due to an injury, but has put up very impressive numbers when he has been on the field. The first baseman/designated hitter is hitting .373 in 18 games, has 22 hits, five doubles, two triples, two home runs and has driven in 13 runs.
Since arriving in Jamestown, Washington has been extremely valuable to the Jammers in several facets of the game. The sophomore from the Ohio State University has seen time with the Jammers behind the plate, at second base and in left field. Washington has been lethal on the base paths with 10 stolen bases. He has also collected 24 hits, and has 4 RBIs.Solberg has found a home at shortstop at Diethrick Park and has made a name for himself with outstanding defense on a nightly basis. The sophomore from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has also made some noise at the plate for the Jammers. In 34 games, Solberg is hitting .295, has 38 hits and five doubles.
Maerz has been the Jammers ace on the mound to this point in the season, and has been nothing short of fantastic. In five starts, the junior from Murray State University has a 2-1 record, has thrown 33 2/3 innings, only surrendered 27 hits and has struck out 17.
Jobe has been a crucial part of the Jammers bullpen since the start of the season. The sidewinding righty from Pfeiffer University has done a wonderful job of keeping hitters off balance. In 26 innings so far for the Grapes, Jobe has an ERA of 1.38, has 28 strikeouts and has collected three saves.
These statistics illustrate the quality of talent that is on display at Diethrick Park this summer. Make sure to stop down for a couple of ball games to see it for yourself. The Jammers are home this week on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. For tickets, visit jamestownbaseball.com, or stop by the front office at the stadium. For more information on the Jammers, like the Jammers on Facebook, follow the Jammers on Twitter (@jtownJammers) or follow the Jammers on Instagram (@jtownbaseball). Jam On!
Cody Crandall is an intern at the Jamestown Gazette. To read more of his insights, commentaries, and news about the world of sports and the Jamestown Jammers, visit www.jamestowngazette. com. The Jamestown Gazette is proud to present our county’s most creative and original writers for your enjoyment and enlightenment.