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Two baseball Tigers in Northwoods League for summer.

Baseball Tigers play in Northwoods summer league

Submitted on June 26, 2018

Two Georgetown College baseball players are spending their summer working on their game in the Northwoods League. Chris Gilbody and Tony Monroy are playing for Duluth. The Huskies are 17-6 this season, currently on a 9-1 streak.

Gilbody, a 2018 Cum Laude Communication and Media Studies graduate from Cypress, California whose picture currently is splashed on the team’s home website page, has been doing very well. He is third on the team in batting averaging, hitting .406 with three doubles and a triple. He has also knocked in 14 RBI and scored 18 runs. The California native has also drawn nine walks in his 69 plate appearances. Gilbody was leading the entire Northwoods League in hitting up until this past Tuesday.

He had a 14-game hitting streak going before Tuesday’s game against the La Crosse Loggers. In those 14 games, seven were multi-hit outings with one four-hit game. Behind the plate, he has started 14 games, going 124 innings with 125 putouts and 12 assists with no errors.

After some early struggles at the plate, Monroy, a Georgetown College junior from South Gate, California has been swinging a hot bat. He is hitting .333 in the past six games. Monroy has seven runs scored with two doubles and three RBI. He has drawn 13 walks, which is third most on the team. He has been outstanding in the field making only two errors in 127 and a third innings with 24 assists.

“It’s always exciting to see our guys love the game so much that they pursue more opportunities to get quality experience,” said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. “We have lots of guys in various leagues this summer, but to have Chris and Tony in the Northwood League is huge. It is one of the best out there to play in front scouts and is mostly comprised of Division I players.

“It has a lot of top college talent as does the league in which Tom (Taplin) plays. I know these experiences will be great for them.”

Taplin, a Communication and Media Studies transfer senior from Pulaski, NY is playing for the Glen Falls Dragons in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League where he, similar to Gilbody and Monroy, joins a lot of NCAA Division I talent, displaying skills for the scouts filling up the stands.

The Glen Falls Dragons are 8-8 this season. Taplin has thrown 16 and two-thirds innings over three games. He is second on the team in strikeouts with 16.

It is the second straight season in this league for the New York native, who also spent two summers playing for the Cortland Crush in the New York Collegiate League. He was 1-4 in 2017 with 29 strikeouts as the Dragons struggled, especially on the road. However, the team is .500 and are 4-4 outside of their home park this year.

-- Jenny Elder, Sports Information Director

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