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Jack Rupe, Jr., is getting ready for his senior season in the Canadian province of Alberta this summer.
West Region Champions Head to Summer Destinations
Release: Friday 06/23/2017 
by UCSD

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.

Use the links below to follow your favorite Triton ball-players all summer long, with club Twitter handles included as well, where applicable. List is subject to addition and change.

ERIK AMUNDSON, RHP
San Diego Waves (@SDWaves8)
Western Baseball Association
Carlsbad, Calif.

BLAKE BAUMGARTNER, IF
San Diego Invaders (@SanDiegoCCL)
San Diego Coastal Collegiate League
San Diego, Calif.

KEENAN BRIGMAN, OF/IF
Dove Tail Bats (@sddovetail)
San Diego Coastal Collegiate League
San Diego, Calif.

STEVEN COE, C
Santa Barbara Foresters (@SBForesters)
California Collegiate League
Santa Barbara, Calif.

JONAH DIPOTO, RHP
Yakima Valley Pippins (@PippinsBaseball)
West Coast League
Yakima, Wash.

TYLER DURNA, 1B
Arroyo Seco Saints (@ArroyoSeco_Base)
California Collegiate League
Pasadena, Calif.

ALEX ELIOPULOS, IF
Dove Tail Bats (@sddovetail)
San Diego Coastal Collegiate League
San Diego, Calif.

GARRETT HENKEL, 1B/OF
San Diego Invaders (@SanDiegoCCL)
San Diego Coastal Collegiate League
San Diego, Calif.

BLAINE JARVIS, RHP
San Diego Waves (@SDWaves8)
Western Baseball Association
Carlsbad, Calif.

NICK KITZMANN, C
Wilson Tobs (@WilsonTobs)
Coastal Plain League
Wilson, N.C.

CAMERON KURZ, RHP
Wenatchee AppleSox (@AppleSox)
West Coast League
Wenatchee, Wash.

KYLE LUCKE, RHP
Peninsula Oilers (@PeninsulaOilers)
Alaska Baseball League
Kenai, Alaska

JESSE MOORE, OF
Dove Tail Bats (@sddovetail)
San Diego Coastal Collegiate League
San Diego, Calif.

TIM NELSON, RHP
Battle Creek Bombers (@bcbombers)
Northwoods League
Battle Creek, Mich.

MICHAEL PALOS, C
Dove Tail Bats (@sddovetail)
San Diego Coastal Collegiate League
San Diego, Calif.

JACK RUPE, JR., RHP
Okotoks Dawgs (@Okotoks_Dawgs)
Western Major Baseball League
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

KYLE SELOR, IF
Lincoln Potters (@lincolnpotters)
Great West League
Lincoln, Calif.

BRANDON STEWART, OF
San Diego Waves (@SDWaves8)
Western Baseball Association
Carlsbad, Calif.

TED STUKA, RHP
Wilson Tobs (@WilsonTobs)
Coastal Plain League
Wilson, N.C.

SHAY WHITCOMB, IF
Southern California Catch (@socalcatch)
California Collegiate League
La Mirada, Calif.

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