Five Zags Named Summer Ball All-Stars
Nick Brooks
July 21, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash.--With several summer ball all-star games in the last 10 days, it's time to take a look at the numerous current and future Zags playing in leagues all across the North American continent.

Five Bulldogs were named to their league's respective all-star games: Nick Brooks, Wyatt Mills, Nick Nyquist, Justin Vernia, and Jake Vieth. Brooks played in the California Collegiate League's showcase, which took place July 13. As of July 19, the rising redshirt-junior is hitting .406 for the Menlo Park Legends and is tied for third in the league with five home runs. He also has a 1.285 on base plus slugging mark.

Meanwhile, Mills and Vernia each earned All-Star designations in the Alaska Baseball League. Mills has pitched 12.1 scoreless innings in eight appearances for the Anchorage Bucs, fanning 12 and posting two wins and two saves. Vernia, meanwhile, leads all ABL starting pitchers with a 0.84 ERA as of July 19, allowing only three earned runs in 32.1 innings pitched. The senior-to-be has struck out 23 batters and only allowed two hits for extra bases, both of which were just doubles.

In the West Coast League, Nyquist and future Zag Jake Vieth earned a spot on the WCL North team. Nyquist is hitting .260 for Walla Walla this summer while adding a .367 on base percentage with 19 walks. Vieth, who recently signed an NLI with Gonzaga and will join the club as a junior in 2017, is hitting .262 with 27 hits and 14 RBIs with Bellingham. The Tacoma, Wash., native also took part in the WCL Home Run Derby prior to the All-Star Game on July 19, winning the event with 11 home runs.

Joining Brooks with Menlo Park, Justin Jacobs has put up solid numbers in the Golden State, hitting .287 with 27 hits, 18 walks, and 14 RBIs. He's reaching base at a .405 clip. Meanwhile, in Alaska, Daniel Bies has a 1-0 record with a 2.45 ERA. The rising sophomore has fanned 14 batters in nine innings of work. Hunter Wells also joined Bies and Mills on the Anchorage Bucs, starting four games before signing a pro contract with the Miami Marlins.

A majority of Bulldogs are playing in the WCL with eight current and eight future Zags staying in the Northwest for the summer. Jace VanDeBrake's .292 batting average tops all GU players in the league, but Jordan Rathbone leads the way with 34 hits. Incoming freshman Gunnar Schubert has also had a solid summer, hitting .260 with 25 hits, seven extra-base hits, and 13 RBIs for the Bellingham Bells. On the mound, Justin Blatner has a 3-1 record in starts, posting a 2.78 ERA while Sam Hellinger has a 0.00 ERA through 17.2 innings. The Seattle native allowed just two unearned runs in 12 appearances, saving six games in the process in Bellingham.

As the only Zag playing summer ball out of the country, Daniel Fredrickson is hitting .319 with 29 hits and 26 runs scored for the Okotoks Dawgs of Canada's Western Major Baseball League. The Dawgs call Okotoks, Alberta, home and are currently a half-game back of the WMBL's Western Conference lead.

For the most up-to-date information on Gonzaga baseball, visit or follow the team on Twitter at @GonzagaBaseball.

Alaska Baseball League
Daniel Bies Anchorage Bucs | Stats
Wyatt Mills Anchorage Bucs | Stats
Justin Vernia Mat-Su Miners | Stats
California Collegiate League
Nick Brooks Menlo Park Legends | Stats
Justin Jacobs Menlo Park Legends | Stats
Cape Cod League
Calvin LeBrun Orleans Firebirds | Stats
Eli Morgan Orleans Firebirds | Stats
Northwest Collegiate Baseball League - Portland
Jack Krauel Portland Stars
Northwoods League
Jake Roberts Mankato MoonDogs | Stats
West Coast League
Sam Hellinger Bellingham Bells | Stats
Keaton Knueppel Bellingham Bells | Stats
Gunnar Schubert Bellingham Bells | Stats
Jake Vieth Bellingham Bells | Stats
Patrick Chung Walla Walla Sweets | Stats
Nick Nyquist Walla Walla Sweets | Stats
Justin Blatner Wenatchee AppleSox | Stats
Taylor Borchers Wenatchee AppleSox | Stats
Haydan Hastings Wenatchee AppleSox | Stats
Mac Lardner Weantchee Applesox | Stats
Casey Legumina Wenatchee AppleSox | Stats
Parker Price Wenatchee AppleSox | Stats
Jordan Rathbone Wenatchee AppleSox | Stats
Zach Bonneau Yakima Valley Pippins | Stats
Trent Schulte Yakima Valley Pippins | Stats
Branson Trube Yakima Valley Pippins | Stats
Jace VanDeBrake Yakima Valley Pippins | Stats
Western Major Baseball League
Daniel Fredrickson Okotoks Dawgs | Stats



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