Appel pitches scoreless inning for USA team

Piscotty, Smith are among Stanford players on a roll early in the summer

Seven pitchers limited the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars to three runs and four hits, but the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team managed three hits of its own in a 3-2 loss Monday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The NECBL All-Stars took a 3-1 lead in the sixth when Joe Hudson and Brandon Miller had consecutive run-scoring singles off Team USA (3-1) reliever Tom Windle.

Team USA relievers Hoby Milner, Andrew Mitchell, Corey Knebel, Stanford junior Mark Appel and Marcus Stroman each threw a scoreless inning.

Cardinal sophomore Brian Ragira was 0-for-1 as a defensive replacement at first base.

Team USA continues its trip through New England, visiting the Newport Gulls on Tuesday evening for a 3:30 p.m. (PT) start. USA Baseball will have a live stats link.

Elsewhere, Los Altos Hills resident Matt Sandor was named to the U14 National Team trials roster Monday. He becomes eligible to compete at the COPABE Pan American A/14U Championships in San Felipe, Venezuela beginning Aug. 11.

Sandor, an infielder, joins the rest of his potential teammates at the USA baseball training camp in Cary, N.C. beginning Aug. 1. There were 38 official invitees and, of those, 19 will be selected to make the trip to Venezuela.

Sandor was on the U13 team last year and played in the Los Altos Hills Little League program previously.

Stanford in the summer

Stephen Piscotty has taken to the Cape Cod League. The junior infielder was 6-for-16 with a home run and two RBI through his first four games.

Yarmouth teammate A.J. Vanegas (0-0, 1.42) has also been successful early, with nine strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.

Dean McArdle (0-0, 1.93) pitches for Hyannis while Austin Wilson is 2-of-11 with three RBI for Harwich and Jake Stewart is 2-for-8 with a pair of RBI for Orleans.

In the NECBL, Brett Doran is hitting .300 (6-for-20) with five RBI for Mystic. Teammate Christian Griffiths is hitting .333 (3-for-9) with a home run and five RBI.

Eric Smith seems to like Holyoke to the tune of a .348 batting average (8-for-23) with a home run and four RBI. Justin Ringo has appeared briefly for the Blue Sox and is 1-for-4. Pitchers Chris Jenkins and Elliott Byers both sport 0.00 ERAs, with Jenkins recording eight strikeouts in five innings and Byers nailing six in 4 1/3 innings.

Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger is 10-for-41 with three RBI for Morehead City in the Coastal Plain League, while Tommy Colton (0-0, 0.00) has struck out eight in six innings. Sam Lindquist is 1-0 with 1 13.50 ERA.

Brian Guymon (1-for-7) for ACBL Westhampton and Lonnie Kauppila (3-for-17) for Alaska League's Fairbanks are off to slow starts.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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