After batting .387 for Flagler College in St. Augustine this past spring, Brett Moreland is currently playing through the summer with the Leesburg Lightning of the six-team Florida Collegiate Summer League.
The Florida League is one of the dozen summer circuits where collegiate players continue to hone their baseball skills while being watched by college recruiters and professional baseball scouts. Only wooden bats are used by the players who all have collegiate eligibility remaining.
Some of the players are from junior colleges, but most of them come from four-year schools.
Moreland had come to Flagler from Frederick (Md.) Community College where he played the outfield during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
He is a 2009 graduate of Jefferson High School where he had been a catcher.
After two seasons at Frederick where he batted around .450 as a sophomore, Moreland was recruited by Flagler, a school that is a member of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference.
During the just-completed 2012 Flagler season, Moreland was the team’s left-fielder and usually hit third in the batting order.
Flagler had a winning season, but did not win the conference title or receive an at-large bid to a Division II Regional tournament.
Moreland has done well at the beginning of the Florida League season and was chosen as the Leesburg Player of the Week in early June.
Through nine games, Moreland had gone 13-for-37 at the plate for a .351 batting average. He was Leesburg’s leading hitter and had the eighth-best average in the league. Moreland had scored five runs, had driven in six runs, and had a home run.
The other five teams in the Florida Collegiate Summer League are the Orlando Monarchs, Orlando Freedom, Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, DeLand Suns, and Sanford River Rats. The league schedule continues until August 2.
Moreland will be a senior at Flagler in the 2012-13 school term. Flagler is one of two private schools in the Peach Belt Conference (member schools are from Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama) and has a student body of just over 2,000.
In the past two summers (2010 and 2011), Moreland had played at least partial seasons for the Winchester Royals of Valley Baseball League.
Moreland batted .261 on 69 official at-bats with the Royals in 2011.
Through the first nine games of the season, Leesburg was in first place with a 6-3 record and a half-game lead over second-place DeLand.
The Lightning plays its home games at Pat Thomas Stadium.
Moreland is majoring in sports management at Flagler and will be a senior in 2012-13.