Ah, another summer of baseball at the historic Diethrick Park. It might not be the Jammers we are all used to, but these Jammers certainly play hard and pack a punch at the dish.
At the time of this writing, the Jamestown Jammers find themselves at the top of the East Division in the Prospect League. The Prospect League is a collegiate, wood bat league. According to the league’s website, the purpose of the league is to provide family friendly, affordable baseball entertainment in the communities where our teams are located, to provide a summer baseball program for eligible college players to give them experience using a wood bat in a competitive atmosphere, and to provide a venue to allow MLB Scouts to watch collegiate prospects using wood bats against live pitching in competition.
In the recent MLB First Year Players Draft, 31 players who currently play in the Prospect League were drafted. That should show you that the talent level in this league is exceptionally high. The talent level on the Jamestown Jammers has proved to be exceptionally high as well.
To this point in the 2015 season, the Jammers are among the league leaders in home runs, batting average, and RBIs. Infielders Paxton De La Garza (Angelo State University), Vinny Mallaro (SUNY Buffalo), and Curtis Olvey (Kent State University) are all tied for second in the league with two home runs each. Mallaro also finds himself fourth in the league with a .370 batting average. Catcher Seth Wall (Spartansburg Methodist College) currently is tied for the league lead in RBIs, with 15.
Even though the old Jammers are gone, there is some high quality baseball finding a home at Diethrick Park. These kids are competitive, strong, and they can do some amazing things on the field. Come out down to the park to watch them in action, you will not regret it.
The Jammers will open up a four game home stand Tuesday, June 23rd against the Chillicothe Paints. For tickets, visit jamestownbaseball.com, or stop by the front office at 485 Falconer Street in Jamestown. For any more information on the Jammers, like the team on Facebook, follow the team on Twitter (@jtownJammers), or like the team on Instagram (@jtownbaseball).
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.