Friday, August 19, 2016

USC honorees include Bordenick, Smoak

Former baseball players Ryan Bordenick and Justin Smoak are among the nine inductees for the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame for 2016.  Also among the inductees is ex-football player Bo Davies, father of former Eastside High soccer player Allyson Davies and father-in-law of ex-Gamecocks baseball great Landon Powell.

Rounding out this year's inductees are former football players Jimmy Mitchell and Sidney Rice, former volleyball player Shonda Cole, ex-golfer David Seawell and former coaches Jim Carlen and Billy Laval.

Lander hires Jason Burke

Lander has hired Jason Burke to replace Kermit Smith as head baseball coach. Most recently, Burke was assistant coach at Wofford. Smith left Lander to become head coach at Appalachian State.

Burke, graduated from Byrnes High School. He attended Lander and later graduated from Southern Wesleyan.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

News digest, Aug. 17

Blue Hose add 16 players
Presbyterian has announced the signing for 16 incoming players for the 2017 season. Included are catcher Jake Behan of Summerville, infielder Tanner Byrd of Strom Thurmond, pitcher Carter Fox of Waccamaw, pitcher Eric Miles of Buford, pitcher Linc Powell of Johnsonville and USC Lancaster and outfielder Chris Thompson of Mann.

Buccaneers work on field
Charleston Southern is installing new turf in the outfield and in foul territory for the 2017 season. The $250,000 project is designed to correct some field issues that forced the Buccaneers to move several home games early the 2016 season.

Penny joins Trojans
Former University of North Carolina player Cody Penny has been named assistant coach at Anderson University.

Chapman cited
Former Clemson pitcher Tom Chapman has been selected to receive the 2016 Clemson Distinguished Athletes Award.

See honored recently named Clemson pitching coach Andrew See on of the top 11 assistant coaches in the country.

Applegate promoted
Former College of Charleston student manager Dylan Applegate has been promoted to director of baseball operations for the Cougars.

DuCharme named top pitcher
Francis Marion's Chance DuCharme has been awarded the Pedro Martinez Award, symbolic of being the top pitcher in the Tidewater Collegiate Summer League.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

News digest, Aug. 10

Happy Rocky Colavito's birthday.

Johnson joins Smith at Appalachian State
Lander's interim head coach Britt Johnson is joining old boss Kermit Smith's staff at Appalachian State. Smith lead Lander for the NCAA Division I school earlier this summer. A few weeks later Johnson was named interim head coach.

Commentary: The move suggests that Johnson was told the school would be hiring someone else as the permanent head coach.

Erskine hires Kilcrease
Former University of Alabama player and assistant coach Nathan Kilcrease has been hired as pitching coach at Erskine. He replaces Atlee Pearson, who recently accepted a position at Slippery Rock.

Crusaders working on new digs
A post on North Greenville baseball account shows some artist's renderings of a new baseball facility. I see no information on the school's athletics web site offering specifics. I don't know if the new facility would be built at the Ashmore Field location or elsewhere. The hiring of Landon Powell has helped elevate the program's visibility and built on previous success by Beauford Sanders, Travis Henson and other former head coaches.

Cougars plan alumni weekend
College of Charleston will hold its baseball alumni weekend Oct. 14-15.  Included is an alumni game Oct. 15 at Patriots Point.

CWS legend dies
Steve Pivovar, who covered the College World Series for decades for the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. has died after an extended illness. I was privileged to cover two College World Series and I think I recognize his face from the 2012 event, but I can't say that I ever had a conversation with him. I hate I didn't, because it's apparent we shared a passion for college baseball.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

News digest, Aug. 9

Two behind-the-scenes stalwarts move on
* Andy Demetra, the voice of USC baseball and men's basketball for the past several years, is moving to Atlanta to become the radio voice of Georgia Tech athletics. Demetra will add football to his duties with the Yellow Jackets. Bob Fulton, one of Demetra's predecessors at USC, also had a stint at Georgia Tech.

* Josh Manck, assistant athletic director for athletic communications at Newberry College, is leaving after 10 years to become director of athletic communications at Texas A&M-Commerce.  Manck did good work at Newberry and I'm sure that will continue in his new position.

Patriots add outfielder
Francis Marion has announced the addition of outfielder Reese Cooley, an outfielder from Chipola Junior College in Florida. He will have two years eligibility.

Monday, August 8, 2016

USCB hires Christian

USC Beaufort has hired Jeremy Christian has its new baseball coach. Christian comes to USCB from Point University in the Atlanta area. He replaces Bryan Lewallyn, who left to become coach at Pensacola State College in Florida.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

News digest, Aug. 3

Tigers getting ready has posted a summer update with coach Monte Lee.

Hennessy honored
Clemson's 2016 baseball media guide. produced by baseball sports information director Brian Hennessy,  was judged the second-best in the country by the College Sports Information Directors Association.

Paladins add Kimmel
Furman has announced the addition of Geoff Kimmel to its baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Kimmel comes to Brett Harker's staff from Coppin State.

Lloyd picks USC
John Whittle of reports Summerville High right-handed pitcher Daniel Lloyd has committed to be part of the 2018 recruiting class for the University of South Carolina.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Part 2 of the Jake Williams story

Here's a link to part two of Andy Demetra's story on former USC baseball player Jake Williams.
Williams, Part 2

In case you missed it, here's a link to part one.
Williams, Part 1