Tommie pitchers Colin Wendinger and Steve Maher have thrown well in their Northwoods League debuts.
The 16-team, wood-bat summer league, celebrating its 20th season, has nearly 400 players, primarily from Division I and II scholarship programs.
Wendinger, who just completed his sophomore season and made All-MIAC, started and allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings last Sunday in a no decision in his first game with the Alexandria Blue Anchors. His manager there is former Minnesota Twins player Al Newman. Wendinger finished his UST season with a 30-inning scoreless streak over his last five starts. He was 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39.1 innings in his first full season in UST’s rotation.
Maher has pitched twice in relief for the Waterloo Bucks with no runs or hits allowed and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. A 2012 All-America, Maher was 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 46.1 innings last spring with UST and repeated as All-MIAC.
Two other St. Thomas players who have one college season to go are position players in the league. Outfielder Ryan Gerber is batting a team-best .444 through three games with the Eau Claire Express with a solo home run among his four hits. Gerber had seven home runs, 25 hits and 27 RBI in 25 games last spring. J.D. Dorgan is back for his second season with the Willmar Stingers and is among three catchers sharing starting duties on that team. Dorgan had a two-run double last Saturday. He batted .365 with 50 hits and 40 RBI in starting all 41 games last spring.