Spend­ing the sum­mer in Omaha

Stone grad­u­ate se­lected to Corn Belt League all-star team

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

Ed Lee Jr. proved last spring what he could do as a first base­man and clean-up hit­ter at the NCAA Divi­sion II level.

This sum­mer, the 2014 Thomas Stone High School grad­u­ate showed that he can be equally ef­fec­tive against play­ers from many dif­fer­ent col­le­giate lev­els.

Af­ter putting up a solid num­bers at Goldey-Bea­com Col­lege (Del.) in his ju­nior sea­son, Lee spent the sum­mer play­ing for the Omaha Blue Bombers in the Corn Belt Sum­mer Col­le­giate League.

The for­mer Stone prod­uct re­cently was se­lected to play in the Corn Belt League all-star game for his strong ef­forts, The league’s sea­son started in June and ran un­til the be­gin­ning of Au­gust.

“It was a huge honor to make the all-star team and get rec­og­nized,” said Lee, who has been in Omaha since May 25. “Fac­ing dif­fer­ent pitch­ers from dif­fer­ent col­leges re­ally helped me grow as a player. It was just an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence to play in this league.”

The all-star game was held at Millard North High School in Omaha on Satur­day, but Lee wasn’t able to at­tend due to flight sched­ule con­straints.

With the Bombers this sum­mer, Lee col­lected a.288 bat­ting av­er­age with 22 hits, five dou­bles, four triples, 18 RBIs, 14 runs scored and a .382 on-base per­cent­age.

The league con­sists of five teams based in Omaha and at­tracted col­lege play­ers from all over the coun­try and var­i­ous lev­els.

Each team in the league plays be­tween 30 to 40 games and an Ex­po­sure Show­case was avail­able for all play­ers look­ing to be eval­u­ated for a pos­si­ble col­le­giate or pro­fes­sional base­ball ca­reer.

Lee con­trib­uted to the Bombers fin­ish­ing with a 19-10-2 record. The team fin­ished in first place in the reg­u­lar sea­son, but fell in the first game of the play­offs.

“The as­sis­tant coach [Gene Bowles] when I played at Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege reached out to me about the league and I was un­cer­tain at first be­cause I was go­ing to be [far] away and didn’t know what the level of com­pe­ti­tion was go­ing to be like,” Lee said. “But once I got here and stayed with my host fam­ily I en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment of it. This will be an ex­pe­ri­ence that I will never for­get.”

Lee’s host was fam­ily lo­cated in Oak­land, Ne­braska, about an hour away from Omaha. The fam­ily was com­prised of mother Amy Guill, fa­ther Jarvis Guill, sons Con­nor and Corbin Guill, and their adopted son Vic­to­ria Huerza.

“It was great, they have a gi­ant house that they had built and it is very open, they made me feel at home,” said Lee. “The fam­ily was al­ways do­ing some­thing whether it was cook­ing on the grill or ev­ery­one out­side in the pool or play­ing wif­fle ball. So when I wasn’t play­ing base­ball I had the op­por­tu­nity to do fun things with the fam­ily.”

In his first year in the col­lege ranks, Lee at­tended Divi­sion II’s Bene­dict Col­lege in South Carolina, be­fore trans­fer­ring to P.G. Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Lee then com­mit­ted to Goldey-Bea­com the fol­low­ing year, which turned out to be the per­fect fit as he is ex­cited for his se­nior sea­son next year.

“Bene­dict just the right fit and an­other year wasn’t I needed to get stronger and pre­pare for col­lege base­ball,” said Lee, who stands at 6-foot6. “I def­i­nitely feel like I’ve come into my own in col­lege. Be­fore col­lege I al­ways needed mo­ti­va­tion to put in work and give my 100 per­cent ef­fort but now I re­al­ize you have to put in ex­tra work out­side of prac­tice if you want to play.”

Last sea­son at Goldey-Bea­com, Lee bat­ted .216 with one homer, 18 RBIs, five dou­bles and two triples.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ed Lee Jr., a 2014 Thomas Stone High School grad­u­ate, stands with his host fam­ily dur­ing a Corn Belt Sum­mer Col­le­giate League game in Omaha, Ne­braska. Pic­tured from left to right are Corbin Guill, Ed Lee Jr., Quentin Rohrbaugh, Con­nor Guill, Amy Guill, Jarvis Guill, Vic­tor Huerza and Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege as­sis­tant coach Gene Bowles.

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