Clevenger, Manzer proving Alaska can produce hitters too

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 21, 2013

Few players in the California Community College baseball league have enjoyed the kind of season Cory Clevenger is having at the plate.

Even fewer have gone on the kind of streak Adam Manzer just completed.

Both Anchorage players have shined in the 83-team league this year, a good sign for Alaska, a state better known for producing professional pitchers such as Bentz, Boze, Madden, Way, Newby, Baker, Nading, etc.

These guys can hit.

Clevenger, of Dimond Post 21 fame, finished the regular season with a career-best .374 batting average in 35 games. He ranks first in the CCCCBA in games, 13th in hits [49] and 33rd in average.

The sophomore infielder finished the regular season on a strong note, rapping out four hits in his final eight at-bats, including a pair of doubles.

He has 11 doubles, 19 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

Manzer, of West Post 1 fame, just completed a 12-for-27 [.444] stretch that lifted his batting average nearly 100 points.

The freshman utility player had six consecutive games with at least two hits, a remarkable run that saw him going from hitting .185 to .272.

He had one RBI in the first 20 games, then six in the next seven games.

Manzer and fifth-ranked Marin have two more games left to play in the regular season this weekend. Marin has already claimed at least a share of the Bay Valley division of the Northern California conference.