June 22, 2011
Red Dragon duo off to good Cape Cod League starts
Coming off a successful baseball season for a SUNY Cortland team that won a conference title and reached the NCAA Division III regional championship round, pitcher Aaron Schuldt and shortstop John Adornetto are off to strong starts to their summer.
Both Red Dragons are performing well for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox,. who play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. Schuldt and Adornetto are the lone Division III players on the Yarmouth-Dennis roster.
Hurler Schuldt, out of Liverpool, is 1-0 with a 0.00 earned run average in three appearances. He has allowed only six hits and three walks and has struck out eight batters in 7-2/3 innings.
Adornetto, from Commack, leads the Red Sox with a .313 batting average (5-for-16) and .450 on-base percentage through eight games. He has scored three runs and has a pair of RBIs, and also has a team-best four stolen bases.
This past season as Coach Joe Brown’s Red Dragons finished 36-10 while capturing SUNY Athletic Conference regular season and playoff titles, Adornetto led the team with a .369 batting average. He homered twice and had 24 RBIs. Schuldt was 7-1 on the mound with a 2.70 ERA, and struck out 81 batters in 66-2/3 innings.
As for other former Red Dragons in the professional ranks:
l Minnesota Twins draft pick Matt Tone is with the Fort Myers Miracle, an advanced Class A farm team in the Florida State League. In 21 appearances, all in relief, the left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA. In 38-1/3 innings he has allowed 32 hits with 18 walks, and has struck out 25 batters.
l Pitcher Nicolas Blanco was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Kansas City Royals this past August. He pitched in the Arizona State League for the Royals last summer and is currently in extended spring training awaiting an assignment.
l Catcher Andersen Gardner is currently on the roster of the Alpine Cowboys in Texas. He has appeared in 17 games and is hitting .289 with a homer, five RBI and nine runs scored. The Cowboys are 15-16 in the Pecos League standings.
l Pitcher J.J. Potrikus signed with the White Sands Pupfish in the Pecos League and appeared in four games. In eight innings he allowed six hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts and a 3.38 ERA. He left the team, however, in mid-June to take a summer camp position in Pennsylvania.
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