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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/01/2013
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 14, 2013 – After pitching for both the Wareham Gatemen (Cape Cod Baseball League) and the Staunton Braves (Valley Baseball League), James Madison University Dukes pitcher Chris Huffman was listed as the No. 7 prospect on a list of 40 in the Valley League, as compiled by Perfect Game.

Huffman, a junior from Fort Defiance, Virginia, posted good numbers for Staunton. In his six appearances, he threw 8 2/3 innings giving up six hits and two earned runs, while striking out six and posting a one and one record with three saves. His 2.07 ERA was third best on the team. Although he didn’t pitch as often for Wareham, he struck out seven while giving up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched while notching one save in his second season with the squad.

Also pitching for the Gatemen, redshirt junior Michael Howerton (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) struck out three while giving up four earned runs over four innings in three appearances. Rounding out action in the Cape Cod league was junior outfielder Chad Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) who appeared in nine games for the Bourne Braves. In nine games, Carroll drove in two while scoring one and swiping one bag.

Carroll saw more playing time as a member of the Vienna Riverdogs, part  of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. In 20 games, he added one home run, two doubles, eight RBIs, four stolen bases and eight runs to his summer totals. In Vienna he posted a .303 on-base percentage in 66 plate appearances.

Playing with Carroll in Vienna was sophomore catcher Bobby San Martin (Fairfax, Va./Centreville). San Martin drove in six while scoring five times and stealing one base in 25 games. Pitching for Vienna, sophomore Mark Gunst (Farifax, Va./Paul VI) saw a good bit of action. Tied for third most appearances, in 10 games including two starts, Gunst posted a 2.05 ERA (second best on the team) over 22 innings of work striking out 15 while giving up just five earned. He allowed opponents to hit .271 off him while posting a 2-0 record.

Rounding out action in the CRCBL was sophomore Tyler Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton). Carroll hit .248 over 36 games for the Herndon Braves. He crossed the plate 22 times, while doubling and tripling once and driving in 12 runs of his own. Carroll led the Braves with 23 walks and caused trouble for opposing teams when he got on base stealing six bags.

Staying close to home, the Dukes had four players compete in the Rockingham County Baseball League, three of which played for the Elkton Blue Sox. As a dual-threat pitcher and position player, senior Ty McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) threw  11 innings over six games striking out 12 and posted a 4.90 ERA. As a batter, McFarland hit .237 with three doubles, five RBIs, and crossed the plate eight times. Joining McFarland was redshirt freshman Brett Johnson (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) who hit .262 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and 11 RBIs in 17 games with Elkton. Rounding out the Dukes in Elkton was redshirt sophomore Kyle Weston (Penn Laird, Va./UNC Asheville). Weston, who played in more games than McFarland and Johnson, hit .232 while scoring 17 times, doubling twice, homering once, and driving in nine runs for the Blue Sox. He also swiped two bags on the base paths.

The only Diamond Duke to play in the RCBL but not for Elkton was freshman Dylan Horne (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee), who was a member of the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks. Appearing eight times for the Diamondbacks, Horne threw 15 innings giving up just three hits and six earned runs while striking out 17 and winning one of two starts. Horne also proved to be a threat at the plate batting .284 with eight RBIs and one home run 67 at bats.

Going back to his home roots, senior pitcher Trent Cundiff (Roanoke, Va./Northside) played as a member of the Roanoke Rails in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League. Appearing in nine games and notching three wins (tied for third most on the team), Cundiff also saved a game over 15 innings of work giving up 17 hits, eight earned runs, while striking out nine and allowing opponents to hit .293 and posting a 3.73 ERA.
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