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Texas baseball players Bret Boswell and Kyle Johnston receive top honors in CCL

Rising junior Connor Mayes was also named to the All-League team as the ‘Horns dominated in California.

Connor Mayes was an All-League starting pitcher
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Texas Longhorns shortstop Bret Boswell and pitcher Kyle Johnston were named MVP and Most Outstanding Pitcher, respectively, for the California Collegiate Summer League, according to the CCL website.

The honors were selected by the coaches of the 12 team league. In total, three Texas rising juniors earned honors, as pitcher Connor Mayes also was named to the All-League team.

Boswell put up a league-best .405 batting average, finished second in home runs with 10, and third in RBIs with 51.

Johnston led the CCL with a 1.75 ERA, while Mayes finished fourth with a 2.17 ERA (as well as 49 strikeouts, second best in the CCL).

Fellow Longhorns Tyler Schimpf, Kaleb Denny, and Parker Joe Robinson also participated in the CCL, but didn’t have nearly as dominant stats. Denny notched a .207 average, while Robinson hit .179 but honed a 3.63 ERA in his 39.2 innings pitched. Schimpf had a solid 4-1 record on the mound, but finished with a mediocre 5.21 ERA.

Johnston, Mayes, and Boswell were members of the championship Summer League team, as their Santa Barbara Forresters beat the Conejo Oaks, 5-2, to claim the title.

While the CCL isn’t as well known as the Cape Cod Summer League, it is still one of the premier places to play summer ball. The Foresters alone have impressive alumni, such as MLB All-Star James Shields, and the team this year featured players from UC-Santa Barbara, UCLA, Florida State, Tulane, and several other top DI programs.

Texas players’ excellent performance against one of the premier summer leagues featuring dozens of high-level players should surely be a confidence boost for the developing unit, especially because all three players named to the California All-League team faced their share of struggles last year.

For Boswell, he’s continuing his hot hitting streak that he finished the season with after a sophomore slump. On the pitching side, Mayes finally showed the dominance expected of him, while Johnston, despite still leading his summer team in walks, avoided the blow up innings that plagued him last season.

The Foresters are now playing in the NBC World Series, a separate competition which, for the record, randomly features a team led by Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt, Tim Hudson, and other MLB legends.

In Santa Barbara’s most recent game in the NBC World Series, Mayes had 10 strikeouts in a complete game shut-out, while Boswell batted 3-3 with a home run. Now, the Foresters are in the semi-finals, which will take place at 9:30 pm tonight in Wichita.