The quartet is playing in Wisconsin, Florida, California and Washington, respectively (Madison Mallards, Neptune Beach, Walla Walla Sweets).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Excelling on the diamond in three summer leagues, rising juniors Simon Rosenblum-Larson, rising senior Matt Rothenberg, rising junior Kevin Stone and rising sophomore Jake Suddleson have been named all-stars in the Northwoods, South Florida Collegiate League, California Collegiate League and West Coast League, respectively. Additionally, rising senior Noah Zavolas earned a contract with the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League.
Rosenblum-Larson has dazzled on the mound for the Madison Mallards, going 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA over 37.1 innings. The right-hander is limiting opposing hitters to a .191 average, while fanning 42 hitters compared to just eight walks. His ERA and strikeout totals rank fifth and eighth in the league, respectively.
"I've gotten a chance this summer to play for my hometown Madison Mallards and I've enjoyed every moment of it," said Rosenblum-Larson. "I grew up going to these games and getting a chance to play for this team has been an experience I'll never forget. There are so many unbelievably talented players in this league, so I feel incredibly lucky to be able to represent Madison and Harvard in the All-Star game next week. It's a huge honor."
Rothenberg has impressed in South Florida for the Palm Beach Xtreme, leading the league in batting average (.433) and RBI (28). The third baseman has 14 hits for extra bases, including 11 doubles and two home runs. He has added a .500 on-base percentage and .633 slugging mark over 26 games, while also swiping eight bases.
"I am proud to represent Harvard in the all-star game," said Rothenberg. "I've had an awesome time playing in the South Florida League, and am excited to bring my experiences back to Harvard this fall."
Stone has been dominant for Neptune Beach, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA over 26 innings. Striking out 24 while walking just eight, Stone has held opposing batters to a .146 average. Stone's ERA is the second-lowest in the CCL, while his 24 strikeouts ranks 12th.
"Playing in the CCL has been a great experience so far, and it has helped me really mature and establish my identity as a pitcher," said Stone. "Competing with players from all over the country and from big collegiate programs has helped me raise my game. I can't wait to take my experiences back with me to Cambridge and start working again towards an Ivy League title. Being able to represent Harvard on such a stage fills me with pride, and the all-star selection is a testament to my Crimson coaches and teammates that have helped me compete at a high level and grow along the way."
Suddleson has crushed the ball for the Walla Walla Sweets, hitting .323 with six home runs and 29 RBI over 24 games to start the summer. The six home runs rank fourth in the league, while his 29 RBI is the fifth-highest total.
"Playing out here has been an unbelievable experience," said Suddleson. "Competing against great competition and in front of such amazing fans has been an awesome way to get some work in this summer. It's a huge honor to be an all-star, and I am so proud to be able to represent myself and the university in the game."
Zavolas is off to an impressive start in the Cape Cod League, holding a 0.87 ERA over 10.1 innings without a decision. He is limiting batters to a .231 average, while punching out 13 against two walks.
"Returning to Wareham has been an incredible experience," said Zavolas. "From my brief stints last summer, I have a comfort level with the coaching staff, my host family and the town of Wareham. The love for baseball is tangible here, and that manifests itself in the care and dedication of the volunteers that drive the program. It's great to come out and have some success, but it's really the Gatemen community that makes pulling on a Gatemen jersey each night an honor."
In total, 20 Harvard players are competing in summer leagues around the country.