FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005
Dobbins, Murphy, Lopez and Gronkowski Shine in Summer Baseball Leagues
Aug. 12, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore third baseman Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood) earned Valley Baseball League Most Valuable Player honors with the Luray Wranglers, while junior first baseman Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y), freshman outfielder/LHP Matt Dobbins (Longwood, Fla.) and freshman shortstop Matt Lopez (Oviedo, Fla.) were each named All-Stars in their respective summer leagues.
Gronkowski played with the Torrington Twisters of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) South Division, Dobbins competed with the Orlando Shockers of the Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) and Lopez was a member of the Winter Park Diamond Dogs of the FCSL.
Murphy, who finished third in the VBL with a .347 batting average, earned VBL MVP honors after leading the league with 57 hits, 44 runs scored and 16 doubles. He was also second in stolen bases (20) total bases (100) and total plate appearances (196), while also leading the Wranglers to a league-best 30-14 record and a .281 team batting average.
Gronkowski earned All-Star honors after batting .305 with 47 hits, three doubles, a triple, three home runs, 25 runs, 17 RBI, 61 total bases and a .378 on-base percentage. His totals ranked him third on the squad in runs scored, fourth in batting average and hits and fifth in on-base percentage and RBI. The Twisters finished with a 19-23 record on the year in the South Division.
Dobbins earned All-Star and Team Position Player MVP accolades after batting .275 with 19 hits, a double, a triple, a home run, 13 RBI and 25 total bases in 22 games. He also posted a 0-3 record with a 4.32 ERA, a complete game, 22 strikeouts and only nine walks in six starts (33.1 IP).
Lopez also earned All-Star and Team Position Player MVP honors after leading the Diamond Dogs with a .306 batting average, 34 hits, nine doubles, 45 total bases and a .414 slugging percentage. His totals also ranked him third in the FCSL in doubles and seventh in total bases. Lopez led Winter Park to a number-two seed in the FCSL Playoffs with a 20-13 record before losing to Daytona Beach in the semifinals.