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10 Bulldogs Adding Experience Through Summer Ball


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – While summer time is the perfect time for many college students to catch up on some rest, for some collegiate student-athletes it is the perfect time to do just the opposite: put in more work on their craft to get better for next season.

Summer league baseball is the perfect opportunity for some student-athletes to hone their craft under the guidance of different coaches, in a new setting, while working out with players from all over the country.

UNC Asheville baseball will have 10 players who will have benefitted from that experience come the fall as rising seniors Nick Boyles and Tanner Bush, rising juniors Carmine Pagano, Danny Wilson, Andrew Friedholm and Ryan Tapp as well as rising sophomores Kole Harris, Chris Troost, Brandon Lankford and Tyler Serricchio are all playing summer ball.

As the summer progresses, UNC Asheville will post updates about the 10 and how their seasons are progressing.

Nick Boyles
Team: Bismarck Larks
League: Northwoods League, North Division
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Website: NorthwoodsLeague.com/Bismarck-Larks
Boyles made 26 appearances on the mound this season for the Bulldogs, second on the team. He will play this summer for the Bismarck Larks. The Larks' season began with back-to-back home games on Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31, against the Eau Claire Express. The Larks won the opener 2-1 Tuesday before falling last night 8-3.
 
Tanner Bush
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Bush, a speedster on the base paths who spent time in left field this season for UNC Asheville, will be playing for the Forest City Owls this season. The Owls, who play in the Coastal Plain League, began the season on Tuesday, May 30, with a home game against the Savannah Bananas, winning in walk-off fashion 2-1.

Andrew Friedholm
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Friedholm, the Bulldogs reliable backstop for 36 games, will be joining Bush just down the road from Asheville in Forest City. The Owls, who play in the Coastal Plain League, began the season on Tuesday, May 30, with a home game against the Savannah Bananas, winning in walk-off fashion 2-1.

Kole Harris
Team: Woodstock River Bandits
League: Shenandoah Valley League, North Division
Location: Woodstock, Va.
Website: WoodstockRiverBandits.org
Harris, a two-way player who saw action all over the field as a true freshman in 2017, will play for the Woodstock River Bandits in the (Shenandoah) Valley League. The River Bandits begin their season tomorrow, Friday, June 2, with a 7 p.m. first pitch against the Waynesboro Generals.

Brandon Lankford
Team: Haysville Aviators
League: Jayhawk Baseball League
Location: Haysville, Kan.
Website: HaysvilleAviators.com
Lankford, who started 56 games at third base this past season as a true freshman and led the team with 10 home runs, including a crucial game-winning two-run bomb against Liberty in the Big South tournament, will travel out to Haysville, Kan., where he will compete with the Haysville Aviators in the Jayhawk Baseball League. The Aviators begin the season on Friday, June 2, with a 7 p.m. game against the El Dorado Broncos.

Carmine Pagano
Team: Sanford Mainers
League: New England Baseball League, Northern Division
Location: Sanford, Maine
Website: SanfordMainers.com
Pagano, the Bulldogs' starting shortstop in 51 games this season, will play for the Sanford Mainers out of the New England Baseball League this summer. The Mainers begin their season on Wednesday, June 7, against Tapp and the North Adams SteepleCats.

Tyler Serricchio
Team: Lake Norman Copperheads
League: Southern Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Cornelius, N.C.
Website: Lake Norman Copperheads - PointStreak Site
Serricchio, who made 27 appearances on the year, including splitting time at catcher and designated hitter, will play this summer for the Lake Norman Copperheads in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. The Copperheads opened the season on Wednesday, May 31, with a home game against the Charlotte Galaxy.

Ryan Tapp
Team: North Adams SteepleCats
League: New England Baseball League, Northern Division
Location: North Adams, Mass.
Website: Steeplecats.PointStreakSites.com
Tapp appeared in 14 games on the mound for UNC Asheville this past season and made two starts. The SteepleCats' season begins on Tuesday, June 6, against the Valley Blue Sox.

Chris Troost
Team: Southampton Breakers
League: Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Southampton, N.Y.
Website: Southampton Breakers - PointStreak Site
Troost, the Bulldogs' starting second baseman who led the nation in walks at one point during the season, will play for the Southampton Breakers out of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. The Breakers open their season on Saturday, June 3, with a 5 p.m. game at home against the Westhampton Aviators.

Danny Wilson
Team: Lexington County Blowfish
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Lexington, S.C.
Website: GoBlowfishBaseball.com
Wilson was a pivotal player for the Bulldogs in 2017, playing seven different positions, including first base, shortstop, third base, right and left field, pitcher and designated hitter. He will be on familiar ground this season as he will be playing for the Lexington County Blowfish out of the Coastal Plain League, playing his home games at the home of the 2017 Big South Conference Baseball Championship, Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The Blowfish began their season last night, Wednesday, May 31, with a game against the Florence Redwolves with the Redwolves claiming a 5-2 victory.


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