Aug. 15, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Five members of the Army baseball program worked on their skills over the last couple months by playing in various summer leagues across the country.
Rising seniors Chris Rowley and Andrew Johnson, rising juniors Nick Dignacco and Gunnar Carroll, and rising sophomore Dakari Cooke all decided to use a portion of their summer leave to play baseball and sharpen their skills in wood bat leagues.
Rowley, the reigning Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, played alongside both Carroll and Cooke for the Peninsula Pilots (Hampton, Va.) of the renowned Coastal Plain League. Rowley, who also earned three All-America certificates following his tremendous junior season, was dominant in six appearances for the Pilots. The right-hander posted a 2-1 record with a 1.59 earned run average in five starts. A native of Duluth, Ga., Rowley allowed just 24 hits and six earned runs over 34.0 innings of work. He struck out 27, walked only 12 and opponents batted a paltry .190 against him.
Carroll, a talented reliever for the Black Knights, appeared in four games with the Pilots. The Louisa, Va., product started three contests, did not factor in a decision and finished with a 2.95 ERA. Carroll permitted just seven runs on 25 hits over 21.1 innings. He struck out 14 and walked only three.
Cooke, a talented outfield prospect within the Army program, played in 15 games and batted .185 with six walks and two stolen bases. The Hampton, Va., native walked 12 times and ended the season with a .436 on-base percentage.
Dignacco, a left-handed pitcher from Sharon, Conn., stayed close to home and played for the Torrington (Conn.) Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. It marked the second consecutive season that Dignacco played with the Titans. This year, the lanky lefty appeared in just two games and pitched only five innings. He allowed two walks and struck out one, while not factoring into a decision.
Johnson, a right-handed hitting catcher for Army, appeared in 20 games for the Will County (Illinois) Cracker Jacks of the Midwest Collegiate League. The Elmhurst, Ill., native batted .189 with two doubles and one triple. He finished with 10 RBI, 12 runs scored and 10 walks.