SALISBURY, Md. – The academic year may have come to a close, but three former Sea Gull baseball players are continuing their career at the professional ranks.
Simon Palenchar and Andrew Kramer, who helped the Sea Gulls to a 34-12 record in their senior season in 2018 have signed to play for the New York Bucks in the Empire Professional Baseball League, and independent professional league.
The Empire League, based in New York state, will also play games in Puerto Rico, where Palenchar, Kramer, and the Bucks played their first 11 games.
Palenchar, an infielder, played in 35 of the Sea Gulls' games this past season, batting .333 with three home runs and 21 runs driven in. Kramer, a pitcher, appeared in 35 games over three years in maroon and gold, with a 1-0 record and two saves while pitching 35 2/3 innings, striking out 35 batters.
Empire Professional Baseball League is approaching the midway point of its season with the Bucks currently in second place, with a 12-8 record. Palenchar has been a standout in the first half, batting .368 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 20 games. He has been named to the All-Star Team and will be one of six participants in the league's home run derby. Both events will take place on Monday, July 16 in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Kramer has started four games for the Bucks, posting a 2-1 record while striking out 25 in 22 innings of work.
Pete Grasso completed his Salisbury career in the 2017 season, and will be spending the 2018 summer playing professionally with the Eastside Diamond Hoppers in the United Shore Professional Baseball League in Utica, Michigan.
Grasso was named the D3baseball.com and American Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year following the 2017 season. As a pitcher, he has appeared in six games for the Diamond Hoppers, earning a pair of wins, while striking out 18 in 22 innings of work and posting a 2.45 earned-run average.