Aug. 18, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Several Air Force baseball players had strong performances with summer baseball teams this past summer. Twelve current Falcons were spread across six teams in five leagues. In addition, 2007 grad. Lt. Karl Bolt is enjoying a productive season in Class A ball with the Philadelphia Phillies farm team.
Petro, a right-hand pitcher, made four starts for the Beetles, going 3-0 with a 3.52 earned run average. Petro struck out 15 batters in 23 innings while allowing just 19 hits and five walks.
Carter batted .224 in 18 games played as a middle infielder/outfielder in the wood-bat league. In addition, the fleet-footed Carter stole 10 bases and drew 13 walks and had a .375 on-base percentage.
Gentry batted .263 in 14 games played at first base. He had 10 hits in 38 at bats and drew seven walks for a .391 on-base percentage.
Four Falcons played for two teams in the Coastal Plains League. Juniors Tyler McBride and Alex Truesdale played for the Columbia (S.C.) Blowfish and junior Mike Ruvolo and sophomore Brad Pingel pitched for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Swampdogs.
Truesdale made four relief appearances for the Blowfish and had a 4.05 ERA in 6.2 innings pitched. McBride appeared in four games as a reserve outfielder.
Ruvolo made four relief appearances for the Swampdogs and had a stellar 1.05 ERA. In 8.2 innings pitched, the right-hander allowed just one earned run while striking out four. Pingel also made four relief appearances had a 5.40 ERA. In 3.1 innings pitched, the left-hander struck out three and held batters to a .182 batting average.
Juniors Matt Alexander and K.J. Randhawa played for the Sacramento (Calif.) Legends in the Nor-Cal Semi Pro Collegiate League.
Randhawa played in ten games, making nine starts at shortstop and batted .290 to go with a .421 on-base percentage. In 31 at bats, Randhawa had nine hits, ten runs scored and five RBIs.
Alexander played in 24 games, making 21 starts and batted .321 to go with a .430 OBP. In 78 at bats, Alexander racked up 25 hits to go with 10 runs and 13 RBIs.
Junior Daniel Walker played for the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox (Marysville, Calif.) in the Horizon Air Summer Series. In seven games, Walker made the most of his stint with the Gold Sox, leading the team with a .467 batting average, .600 slugging percentage and .500 OBP.
2nd Lt. Karl Bolt is entering his second year in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system. In conjunction with the World-Class Athlete Program (WCAP), Bolt is enjoying a solid season with the Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Phillies in the Class A South Atlantic League. Through 82 games played (Aug. 14), Bolt is batting .266 (77-for-289) with five home runs and 31 RBIs. Bolt was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week earlier this summer during a hot stretch of hitting. He is batting .348 so far in the month of August. Bolt, a 2007 grad., was a 15th round draft pick of the Phillies in 2007 and spent last year with Gulf Coast League Phillies where he led the GCL Rookie League in home runs and total bases.