Aug. 13, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - A pair of Lafayette baseball players, Kevin Casey and Brett Thompson, earned recognition for their play over the summer. Casey was an Alaska Baseball League All-League Second Team selection, while Thompson was selected to play in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game.
Casey played second base and saw time in the outfield as a member of the Alaska Goldpanners, who play their home games in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was fourth in the league, and second on the team, in hitting with a .356 average. He finished second in the league with 12 doubles, fifth with 26 RBI and also scored 23 runs for the Goldpanners, who ended the summer with an 18-21 record. Casey was also honored with a spot in the Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game.
“Making the All-Star and All-League Team in the ABL was a great honor, Casey said. “The league is filled with so much tradition and hundreds of guys who have played in Alaska went on to the big leagues and even the Hall of Fame. It means a lot to be in that company.”
Former Alaska Goldpanners include retired MLB All-Stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
Casey said his greatest accomplishment in Alaska was working his way into the everyday lineup and cleanup spot. “When I first arrived in Alaska I wasn't playing much, but was able to take advantage of the opportunities I had and work my way into the lineup. I also felt great about being able to play well off of my injury.”
Despite being limited to 31 games as a junior for Lafayette in 2012, Casey posted a .330 batting average, three home runs, 17 RBI, and scored 19 runs. He was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection as well as a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
“My favorite part about playing in Alaska compared to the Northeast was the 24-hour sunlight,” Casey added. “Being able to play in the Midnight Sun Game and playing a round of golf at 10:30 at night was incredible.”
Thompson, a sophomore outfielder, spent his summer in Pineville, N.C. as a member of the Pineville Pioneers. In 39 games, Thompson batted .275 with 27 runs, 15 RBI, five stolen bases, four doubles and two home runs. The Pioneers went 20-19 overall, placing third in the league’s Southern Division.
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