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Submitted by:  Brian Connell - Newark Pilots

The Newark Pilots in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have signed two impact arms for the 2013 campaign. James Lengal and Derek Speigner of Brigham Young University will be joining the Pilots pitching staff this summer. Both experienced righties, Lengel and Speigner will help anchor a strong staff this season.

Lengal, a sophomore at Brigham Young appeared in 12 games for the Cougars last year as a freshman, while posting a 3.86 era and earning a win in relief against Santa Clara. He is projected to be a big part of the Cougars pitching staff this spring and will give them a boost out of the bullpen and in spot starts. This 6’3” pitcher boasts a strong fastball and commands the zone well. “He will have a large impact for the Pilots this coming summer, and I look forward to working with him,” says Coach Mike Armstrong. James hails from Spanish Forks, Utah where he attended Spanish Forks High school. While there he was a first-team all state player in 2010 and a second-team all state player in 2011. In addition he was voted the team’s most outstanding player in 2011 after helping them win the 4A state championship. Spanish Forks won two other state championships during Lengal’s time there.

Junior pitcher Derek Speigner is a transfer to BYU from UC Riverside where he led the team in appearances out of the bullpen. His 29 outings resulted in 31.2 innings pitched and a 2-1 record while he finished the season with a 5.40 era. Armstrong says, “Speigner is a submarine pitcher who is going to come into games and confuse hitters across the league.” Derek is set to make a large impact for the Cougars this season with his submarine throwing style. His 29 appearances set a school record at Riverside and, while he ranked third in games finished and opposing batting average. Speigner’s past summer ball experience includes playing in the Alaskan League for the Anchorage Alaska Pilots. He hails from Gig Harbor, Washington where he played fro Gig Harbor High School.


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