Stanford sophomore Kenny Diekroeger is spending his summer in Newport, R.I., but it's more of a working vacation than anything else -- one that's turning out to be fairly successful for the Menlo School graduate.
Diekroeger was selected as the New England Collegiate Baseball League Co-Player of the Week for the week ending June 27.
Playing for the Newport Gulls, Diekroeger had a productive offensive week, batting .480 with 12 hits, four doubles, six RBI, and two stolen bases. Diekroeger enters the week leading the NECBL in batting at .400.
Some highlights from the week included Diekroeger's 3-for-4 performance in the Gulls' 5-3 win over the Lowell All-Americans, in which Diekroeger hit two doubles and scored one run; and his three RBI night in the Gulls' 8-2 victory over the North Adams SteepleCats.
Diekroeger had an impressive freshman campaign with the Cardinal, batting a team-best .356. He was also tied for the team lead with 41 RBIs, and scored 42 runs. He finished with five home runs, second most on the team. One of his most impressive feats was a 23-game hit streak, the fourth longest for the Cardinal since 1988.
Diekroeger's other honors include Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, first team All-Pac-10 selection, and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American.
Diekroeger was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.
Stanford announced its 10-person recruiting class for the fall, which includes crew Helena Scutt, ranked No. 14 in the world.
Skipper Kevin Laube arrives from the nation's No. 1 prep team, and skippers Mateo Vargas and Oliver Toole each won two of the nation's toughest regattas.
The full class includes skippers: Kevin Laube (San Diego, CA), Mateo Vargas (St. Petersburg, FL), Sally Mace (Newport Beach, CA), Molly McKinney (Sarasota, FL) and Oliver Toole (Santa Barbara, CA) and crew Anna McConnell (Boothbay, ME), Helena Scutt (Seattle, WA), Tally Buckstaff (Larkspur, CA/Redwoods HS), Kelly Ortel (Annapolis, MD) and Yuri Namikawa (Rancho Palo Verdes, CA).