Newton’s Jake Levine in a hitting groove in Oneonta, N.Y.

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Following a hot second half his freshman season with the Brown University baseball team, Newton’s Jake Levine has continued his offensive surge with the Oneonta Outlaws of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

Levine, who hit .265 for Brown after starting the season with a .137 average through 13 games, has switched from a metal to a wooden bat this summer.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Levine, who bats from the left side but is a natural righty, was hitting a team high .333 (45-for-135).

`He’s a big reason we’re fighting for first place,’’ said Oneonta manager Joe Hughes. “Jake has a great eye at the plate and he’s a tough out.’’

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