LHU in the pros; Belinda, Hornbaker making mark

Former LHU pitchers Jacob Belinda and Nick Hornbaker are making their mark in their respective first summers as professionals.

Jacob Belinda, a 2017 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) pitcher and the Atlanta Braves 10th round draft pick, picked up his first professional win last week for the Danville Braves.

Belinda’s win highlighted a special time for Lock Haven University baseball, as two former players have taken their talents to the professional ranks this summer.

Thursday, July 6, Belinda made his second appearance for the Danville Braves.

Nick Hornbaker, LHU’s second former standout-pitcher in the pros, was just named to the Pecos League All-Star Game and will represent Team New Mexico.

Belinda, the Braves 10th round pick in the 2017 MLB draft, made his professional debut last week. He picked up a win after throwing one inning of hitless relief for the Danville Braves on June 30 vs. the Burlington Royals. The Danville Braves are an advanced rookie minor-league team that calls the Appalachian League home.

Hornbaker was one of 24 players and one of eight pitchers named to the New Mexico Team for the 2017 Pecos League All-Star Game (July 11, 2017). In 26.2 innings of mostly relief work (1GS, 1 win), Hornbaker has struck out 26, allowed 10 walks, recorded a 4.05 ERA and WHIP of 1.88. He signed with the Santa Fe Fuego in mid-May.