From left, Dustin Crenshaw, Kagen Hopkins and Ethan Gibbons make up 27 percent of the pitching staff with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Independent American Association. (Courtesy photo)


Baseball notebook: Former Falcons on track with RailCats

By From page B1 | July 20, 2014

Dustin Crenshaw, Ethan Gibbons and Kagen Hopkins each made their mark with the Solano Community College baseball team and the three currently make up 27 percent of the pitching staff with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Independent American Association.

As a starter, Crenshaw, who played for Solano in 2007 and ’08 after graduating from Pinole Valley High, has pitched the most innings (94) but made the fewest appearances (14) of the three.

Crenshaw, who later played collegiately for South Alabama, made one start last week, going 6 1-3 innings in a 5-4 win over Fargo, though he had a no-decision, giving up six hits, three runs and a walk while striking out three.

On the year the 6-foot-5, 245-pound right-hander is 6-4 with a 2.68 earned run average.

Gibbons, an Armijo graduate, got the defeat in a 4-2 loss to Winnipeg last week for his first decision of the season. He gave up two runs in one-third of an inning, but allowed just one base runner in 1 1-3 innings over two appearances in his other two outings of the week.

Gibbons, a former Missouri Baptist standout who played for Solano in 2009 and 2011 while sitting out 2010 because of an injury, has a sparkling 2.28 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 23 2-3 innings.

Hopkins, a Vacaville grad who played for Solano in 2010 and ’11 and then for Chico State, yielded runs in two of his three outings last week but each of his appearances was in a victory. In 6 1-3 innings, all in relief, he gave up two runs and five hits while striking out six and walking one.

Hopkins (2-2) has cut his ERA to 4.21, almost half of the 7.94 he had after giving up five earned runs to Sioux Falls on June 6.

Another former Falcon, Chris Elder, was 1 for 7 in two games last week with the Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League. In 42 games, the Armijo graduate is hitting .264 with two home runs and 19 RBIs.

Before going 0-3 on Friday against Frisco, Andrew Aplin (Vanden) had been on a torrid streak for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros’ affiliate in the Double-A Texas League.

Aplin hit in eight straight games, getting two hits in five of them, including all four in a series with Midland. In his hitting streak, Aplin batted .448, scoring seven runs and driving in four.

For the year, Aplin’s hitting .270, including .312 in the second half, with five home runs, 15 stolen bases, 45 runs scored and 44 RBIs.

Nick Baligod (Fairfield) has hit in eight of his last nine games for the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto’s team in the Class A advanced Florida State League. In that span, he’s batted .303 with a home run and four RBIs.

Up a rung in the Toronto system, Jonathan Jones (Vanden) remains on the temporary inactive list with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Double-A Eastern League. Jones, who last played on June 26, is hitting .233 in 56 games.

Ryan Lipkin (Vanden) got into one game with the Stockton Ports, the Class A advanced team in the California League for the Oakland A’s, going 0 for 3. Lipkin is hitting .367 in nine games for Stockton, having also played for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento this season.

Drew Carpenter (Vacaville) had a tough week for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League, giving up seven hits, eight runs (five earned) and four walks while striking out seven in innings over two outings. Carpenter is 2-0 with a 6.64 ERA.

Geno Escalante (Rodriguez) hasn’t played for Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the San Francisco Giants’ team in the Class A short season Northwest League, since July 3. He’s hitting .167 on the season.

Playing for the Piratas de Campeche of the Triple-A Mexican League, Jordan Brown (Vacaville) continues to sizzle, hitting .371 over his last 10 games, upping his average to .367 with the Piratas.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.

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