June 12, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. - 12 players from the Northern Illinois baseball team will be continuing their baseball season this summer with Summer collegiate baseball leagues. The Huskies are scattered throughout the United States with players in California, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
Several Huskies are playing locally in The Land of Lincoln with Eli Anderson, Joe Battaglia, Mike Grindstaff, Ben Neumann and Jamison Wells all playing their summer ball in Illinois. Wells, the Huskies leader in stolen bases the last two seasons with 52, will play for the Lombard Orioles in the Chicago Suburban league, while Anderson (Illinois Lincolns), Battaglia (DuPage Hounds), Grindstaff (Will County Cracker Jacks) and Neumann (Illinois Lincolns) will play in the Midwest Collegiate.
NIU's utility man Alex Klonowski, who started in 51 games for the Huskies in the infield and outfield, while also seeing time as a relief pitcher, headed South for the Summer and is playing for the Victoria Generals in the Texas League.
Also playing in the South are the trio of Chris Divarco, Connor Schomig and Kevin Sweeney, who are all playing for the Statesville Owls in the Southern Collegiate league. The Owls are based out of Statesville, N.C.
Junior to be Jeff Zimmerman took his talents to Wisconsin where he has been playing for the Madison Mallards in the prestigious Northwoods League. Former Huskie Troy White played in the Northwoods League in 2011, earning All-Star honors and winning the league's World Series with the Battle Creek Bombers.
The final Huskies abroad are Connor Duckhorn and Micah McCulloch, who are both playing for the Bakersfield Braves in the Central Coast league.
For news and updates on NIU baseball in the summer, check back with NIUHuskies.com and the Huskie Happenings blog. News can also be found on Twitter by following @NIU_Baseball.
Name - Team (League)
Eli Anderson - Illinois Lincolns (Midwest Collegiate)
Joe Battaglia - DuPage Hounds (Midwest League)
Chris Divarco - Statesville Owls (Southern Collegiate)
Connor Duckhorn - Bakersfield Braves (Central Coast)
Mike Grindstaff - Will County Cracker Jacks (Midwest Collegiate)
Alex Klonowski - Victoria Generals (Texas League)
Micah McCulloch - Bakersfield Braves (Central Coast)
Ben Neumann - Illinois Lincolns (Midwest Collegiate)
Connor Schomig - Statesville Owls (Southern Collegiate)
Kevin Sweeney - Statesville Owls (Southern Collegiate)
Jamison Wells - Lombard Orioles (Chicago Suburban)
Jeff Zimmerman - Madison Mallards (Northwoods League)