Big Green Pitcher Picked In MLB Draft
Hanover — Dartmouth College pitcher Mitch Horacek was selected by the Baltimore Orioles yesterday in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
It marks the sixth consecutive year a Big Green player has been picked in the draft and the second time Horacek has been picked. The junior lefthander was selected by Colorado in the 46th round out of high school during 2010.
Horacek, 6-feet-6 and 210 pounds and a product of suburban Denver, helped Dartmouth’s pitching staff post an Ivy League-best ERA of 2.75 this season. That mark ranked 15th among Division I teams. The Big Green won a school-record 32 games, but lost in the league title series at Columbia.
Horacek (6-2) had a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings this season and allowed opposing batters to hit only .241. He struck out 42 batters and walked 10, giving him the second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.2) in the Ivies. In only one of his seven starts did he allow more than two runs, and in each of his two losses, the Big Green was shut out.
During his three seasons at Dartmouth, Horacek has a record of 13-7 with a 4.82 ERA, hurling 140.0 innings with 106 strikeouts while walking only 28.
Horacek is the 30th Big Green player and 35th Dartmouth selection in an MLB draft. Only two of the last 17 Big Green players selected in the draft during the past 20 years were taken earlier than the ninth round — right-hander Kyle Hendricks in 2011 and Ed Lucas in 2004, both of whom were picked in the eighth round.
Hendricks, currently pitching for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies, was named the Chicago Cubs’ organization pitcher of the month in May, while Lucas made his Major League debut with the Miami Marlins on May 30.
BFA-St. Albans 15
St. Albans, Vt. — The Olympians finished the season 8-7-2 after losing to the Comets for the second time this season. BFA-St. Albans (15-2) won the teams’ May 6 meeting, 16-6, and led yesterday’s Vermont Division II quarterfinal 8-1 at halftime.
Emily Speck had two goals for the visitors, who also received a goal and an assist from Mikayla Hodge. Savannah Fay made 15 saves for Oxbow, which will lose six seniors, all starters, to graduation.
Union-32 11, Woodstock 8
Montpelier — The eighth-seeded Wasps (7-11) fell to the top-seeded Raiders (16-0) during a Vermont Division II quarterfinal.
Jocelyn Werle had two goals, Sam Harrington had a goal and two assists and Annie Arthur, Lauren Horsman, Delaney Little and Lauren Kaija also scored for Woodstock, which received nine saves from goaltender Megan Dalton.
Whitcomb 0 (5)
Danville, Vt. — The sixth-seeded Hornets’ lone hit was produced by Caleb Chase and their other baserunner came on a walk during a Vermont Division IV quarterfinal loss to the third-seeded Indians. Woodsville struck out 14 times and finished 7-9 while Danville improved to 11-6.