LA JOLLA, Calif. - After taking final exams last week, members of the 2017 NCAA Division II West Region champion and national runner-up University of California San Diego baseball program are again headed off to sanctioned summer leagues this year.
Twenty Tritons will compete for 13 teams across five states and even a second country, Canada, with those states being Alaska, California, Michigan, North Carolina and Washington.
Rising senior Jack Rupe, Jr. (San Marcos/Mission Hills HS) is north of the border with the Okotoks (AB) Dawgs, becoming the first Triton to pitch in Canada since former closer Scott Zeman during the 2013 summer for the Kelowna (BC) Falcons. Fellow tall right-hander Kyle Lucke is also in northern parts, up in Kenai, Alaska, with the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League.
Jonah Dipoto (Yakima Valley Pippins) and Cameron Kurz (Wenatchee AppleSox) will throw in the West Coast League in the Pacific Northwest and Washington state. Tim Nelson is in the Northwoods League to pitch for the Battle Creek (MI) Bombers. Nick Kitzmann and Ted Stuka are teammates for the Wilson (NC) Tobs.
Steven Coe (Valley Center/Valley Center HS) and Tyler Durna are in the competitive California Collegiate League (CCL) with the Santa Barbara Foresters and Arroyo Seco Saints, respectively. Coe returns to the Foresters, having been a member of the 2016 squad that won the renowned club's sixth National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series title in Wichita, Kan., last August.
Closer to home, Erik Amundson, Blaine Jarvis and Brandon Stewart are in the Western Baseball Association with the San Diego Waves. Keenan Brigman, Alex Eliopulos (La Jolla/La Jolla HS), Jesse Moore and Michael Palos are together on the Dove Tail Bats, with Blake Baumgartner and Garrett Henkel (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS) also in the San Diego Coastal Collegiate League with the San Diego Invaders. Kyle Selor is playing for the Lincoln Potters, near Sacramento. Shay Whitcomb, one of four early-period signings announced back in December, is in the CCL with La Mirada's Southern California Catch.
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