BSB | Former Gaels Enjoy Professional Postseason Success
MORAGA, Calif. — Success has been plentiful this summer for several Saint Mary's baseball alums, as multiple former Gaels played for and won championships in their respective professional leagues.
Patrick Wisdom, a member of the Gaels from 2010-2012, clinched the Triple-A Pacific Coast League championship with the Memphis Redbirds on Sunday. Wisdom was named Most Valuable Player of the championship after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning of Sunday's decisive game five, helping the Redbirds win their first PCL title since 2009. Wisdom was drafted in 2012 during the supplemental first round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wisdom and the Redbirds now head to Scranton, Pa., to face the Durham Bulls, the winner of the International League, in the winner-take-all Gilden Triple-A National Championship Game Tuesday night at 4:07 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
A more recent Gael, Drew Strotman, pitched his Hudson Valley Renegades team to a New York-Penn League title on Thursday. Strotman, drafted just three months ago in June after being with Saint Mary's from 2015-17, threw six innings of one-hit ball in the championship game, striking out five and walking just one.
“Strotman has been outstanding for us the whole year,” said Hudson Valley manager Craig Albernaz in an MiLB.com press release. “We didn't expect this from him, this type of outing, but we knew we were going to have a chance.”
Former Saint Mary's teammates Nate Nolan and Anthony Villa reunited this month to play in the Pioneer League Championship Series with the Great Falls Voyagers. The duo, who played for the Gaels from 2013-16, helped power the Voyagers all the way to a decisive game three on Sunday before falling to the Ogden Raptors. Nolan hit two home runs in game two – part of his five postseason home runs – including a first-inning grand slam that lifted Great Falls to the victory.
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