Ben McNeill among baseball players off to hot start in summer leagues

Ben McNeill's Hamptons League team is unbeaten through four games.
Ben McNeill's Hamptons League team is unbeaten through four games.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — NYIT shortstop Ben McNeill is off to a quick start while playing summer ball in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with the Long Island Road Warriors.

McNeill is hitting a team-leading .375 (6-for-16) with one walk and two steals. He is batting cleanup for the squad, which is unbeaten though four games.

"All four have been come-from-behind wins," said McNeill, who completed his sophomore season with the Bears this past spring. "I'm with a resilient group of guys. It's fun getting out on the field with them and bettering ourselves as ballplayers."

Also distinguishing themselves in summer ball are a trio of players with the Long Island Sound in the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League — two of whom are signees enrolling for the first time at NYIT this fall.

Joe Keller, who is graduating this month from MacArthur High School in Levittown, is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in two appearances (one start). He has allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out 10 in six innings.

Fellow NYIT signee Kieran Dowd, an infielder from East Islip High School and the brother of NYIT baseball player Brendan Dowd, is hitting .474 (9-for-16) with one homer and four RBIs for that same LICBL squad.

And Zach Kleinwaks is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with one homer, four RBIs and two walks with the Sound.

Meanwhile, Joseph Pesce is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with four RBIs and three steals with the Worcester Bravehearts in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.