PHILADELPHIA - For the University of Pennsylvania baseball team, summer isn't a time to rest and recover. The majority of the Quakers were scattered around the country these last few months, playing collegiate summer ball and honing their skills for the upcoming 2013 season. The following returning or incoming members of the Red and Blue earned All-League or All-Star spots in 2012:
Austin Bossart, Licking County Settlers (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League)
Sophomore catcher Austin Bossart was named to the Great Lakes All-Star Game during a regular season in which he batted .342 with 10 doubles and a pair of home runs. Though he had 15 RBI in 22 games behind the dish, his most important contribution might have come in his last at-bat of the summer. With the Settlers holding a 1-0 series edge against the Cincinnati Steam in the GLSCL Championship Series, Bossart cranked an eighth inning solo home run that broke a 2-2 tie in Game 2, giving Licking County a lead it would never relinquish on its way to the title.
Spencer Branigan, Edenton Steamers (Coastal Plain League)
Senior Spencer Branigan was a second-team All-Coastal Plain League selection for Edenton, which finished the regular season with a league-best 36-17 mark. Branigan played in 50 games for the Steamers, making 46 starts at first base, and put up a batting average of .277 with eight home runs, a number that tied him for third in the league. He also produced nine doubles, 27 RBI anddrew a team-high 26 walks.
Ryan Deitrich, Pittsfield Suns (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)
Penn's top returning hitter from 2012, senior Ryan Deitrich was selected for the inaugural Futures Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game this summer. The outfielder from Spring City, Pa. batted .279 for the Suns with a team-high eight home runs, a number he reached thanks to a three-homer performance in the season finale. He added seven doubles, 35 RBI and stole 13 bases.
Ronnie Glenn, Alexandria Aces (Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League)
Sophomore P/DH Ronnie Glenn was a threat for the Aces whether he was on the mound or at the plate. In limited at-bats, he was still able to collect 13 hits and a .333 batting average with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. Starting seven games on the hill, Glenn put up a record of 3-1 with a 4.28 ERA over 40.0 innings of work. Striking out 33 batters, he averaged nearly one K per inning to earn his spot on the CRCBL All-Star American team.
Kyle Toomey, Herndon Braves (Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League)
Opposite Glenn on the CRCBL All-Star National team was junior Kyle Toomey. Toomey played in more games (39) than any other player this summer for the Braves and hit .333 with 10 doubles and four home runs, driving in 22 runs. Having spent most of last season at second base for the Quakers, Toomey made the move to shortstop for Herndon this summer and led the team with 128 assists with just five errors, recording a fielding percentage of .972.
Mike Vilardo, Will County Crackerjacks/Rockford Foresters (Midwest Collegiate League)
Splitting time between two teams in the Midwest Collegiate League, freshman Mike Vilardo was one of the league's best hitters with a .324 average in 35 games. Though 36 of his 44 hits on the season were singles, he timed them well, driving in 28 runs. Once on the base paths, he managed to do tons of damage, stealing 23 bags and scoring 32 runs.