Barons Enter All-Star Break on Top of CCL Standings

Updated: July 12, 2016

The Academy Barons concluded the first half of the 2016 season on Sunday with a 16-5 mark in league play (21-7 overall), enough for the top spot in the California Collegiate League (CCL) standings.

The Barons own a winning record against each of the seven CCL teams they have faced. Having lost consecutive games only once, the Barons have been recognized nationally for their success through the beginning of the season. Collegiate Summer Baseball (CSB) has included the Barons on their list of the top-35 teams in the country. In the July 8 rankings, the Academy was listed as the fifteenth ranked team in the country and the second ranked team in California.

The team has excelled offensively both as a team and individually. The squad has the most triples (22) of any team in the league. They are also tied (2) for third most home runs (20), with the leading team, the Menlo Park Legends, having 28. Combined with their 56 doubles, the team is second in the league in extra base hits (98) behind only the Legends and the Healdsburg Prune Packers who have each recorded 117.

Individually, Barons hitters have dominated the league. Outfielder Ernie De La Trinidad leads the league in batting average (.442, 46×104), triples (5), and is tied (1) for the lead in hits (46). De La Trinidad is also second in runs scored with 34, behind Billy Wilson of the Prune Packers who has scored 48 times. First baseman Martin Teague ranks second in the CCL behind De La Trinidad in BA (.379, 39×103). Teague is also the league leader in RBI having knocked in 36 runs this season.

The Barons strong performance has been rewarded with six members of the team being named CCL All-Stars. De La Trinidad and Teague are joined on the 54-man roster by first baseman Aaron Cisneros, outfielder Cody Den Beste, and pitchers Henry Omana and Reece Buska. Additionally, manager Kenny Landreaux has been chosen as the CCL South team manager for the All-Star Game taking place at the Academy on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

After the All-Star break, the Barons will complete their regular season with 13 games remaining. Included in that span are two, three-game series against the Long Beach Legends and the So Cal Catch respectively. The Barons will also play two double-headers; one against the Ventura Halos and one against the Orange County Riptide.

Once the regular season comes to a close, the Barons anticipate a deep playoff run. The three-day tournament will be held at the Academy beginning on July 29.

The Barons resume league play on Thursday against the visiting Ventura Halos (10-12, 17-12) in a 6 p.m. tilt.

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