Don’t be surprised if Ben Mauseth steals the show tonight.
Grand Canyon University sophomore Mauseth will join four other Oneonta Outlaws on the Eastern Division roster for the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game at 7 p.m. today at Houghton College’s Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex.
Should Mauseth reach base safely tonight, there’s a good chance he’ll try to grab an extra one or more against a Western Division roster that features an NYCBL-high 10 All-Stars from the 24-6 Hornell Dodgers.
Mauseth is 28-for-30 in stolen-base attempts this season for the Outlaws (17-12), who won five straight games against the Cortland Crush over the weekend to take over second place in the six-team Eastern Division. Defending NYCBL champion Oneonta, which is coached by Oneonta High athletic director and varsity baseball head Joe Hughes, enters the All-Star break one game behind the Geneva Red Wings (18-11) for the top spot in the East.
Hughes won the 2013 NYCBL Coach of the Year award in his first season as the Outlaws head coach. He’ll also manage the Eastern Division All-Stars tonight, opposite Hornell’s Tom Kenney.
Middle infielder Mauseth, who set the Arizona state record with 55 stolen bases in his senior season at Rio Rico High, is a big reason for Oneonta’s success this season.
In addition to topping the league in stolen bases — he’s nine swipes ahead of fellow All-Stars Brandon Sandoval of Hornell and Matt McCann of the Syracuse Junior Chiefs — Mauseth leads the Outlaws with 20 RBIs and 18 runs. Oneonta’s leadoff batter also ranks second on the team in batting average (.311), hits (33) and doubles (seven), tying Frank D’Agostino in the last.
The team leader in all three of those categories happens to be an NYCBL All-Star this season, too.