Tuesday, December 16, 2014

News digest, Dec. 16

Tigers add two
Tigernet.com reports Mann High's Chris Thompson has committed to play for Clemson in 2016.
Also, TheDiamondProspects.com reports BHP's Blake Holliday has committed to the Tigers.

More recruiting
PerfectGame.org has a nice searchable list of college commitments.

Benedict alums sign
Four former Benedict College players recently signed pro contracts, the school reports. Jocquese Brunson and Brandon Young signed with the Skagit Valley Lumberjacks of the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League. Elisha McDaniel and Sammy Carter signed with the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League.

Monday, December 15, 2014

News digest, Dec. 15

Report: Holbrook gets contract extension
The State reports South Carolina baseball coach Chad Holbrook will receive a two-year contract extension, pending approval by the school's board of trustees at a Tuesday meeting. Holbrook is entering his third season as coach of the Gamecocks.

USC sets 'leadoff dinner'
South Carolina will hold a  leadoff dinner fundraiser for its baseball program Jan. 24 at Seawell's in Columbia. The Gamecocks open their season Feb. 13 against College of Charleston.
USC leadoff

Crownover a Clemson leader
ClemsonTigers.com recently posted a feature on junior pitcher Matthew Crownover, who is expected to content for the NK. 1 starter slot in 2015.

Cougars pick up 15
College of Charleston added 15 players during the early signing period.

Spartans add three
USC Upstate has announced the signing of three players for the 2015 freshman class.

Paladins add 11
Pitchers Chase Belk of Wilson Hall High in Sumter, Jake Crawford of Belton-Honea Path and  Eric Taylor of Northwestern High are among 11 players who signed with Furman during the early signing period.

Pacers reveal class
USC Aiken recently announced its signing class, including five players from state junior colleges and Joey Smithers from South Aiken High.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PalmettoStateBaseball.com poll results

What is your favorite baseball venue in South Carolina?


Results are unscientific; Readers could vote once
Buccaneer Field, Charleston                    1 (3.2%)
Carolina Stadium, Columbia
  8 (25.8%)
Dolny Stadium, Greenwood
  1 (3.2%)
Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson
  6 (19.3%)
Duncan Park, Spartanburg
  1 (3.2%)
Fluor Field, Greenville
  6 (19.3%)
Inman Mills Park, Inman
  1 (3.2%)
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, Charleston
  0 (0%)
Roberto Hernandez Stadium, Aiken
  0 (0%)
Russell C. King Field, Spartanburg
  2 (6.4%)
Sparrow Stadium, Florence
  4 (12.9%)
The Winthrop Ballpark, Rock Hill
  1 (3.2%)
TicketReturn.com Field, Myrtle Beach
  0 (0%)

Total votes: 31

Buccaneer Field, Duncan Park and Inman Mills Park were write-ins. The other stadiums listed were on the ballot.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I'll be back soon

Yes, I admit it. I've been slack.

I haven't provided an update to PalmettoStateBaseball.com since July. There were several factors, but none in and of their own were enough to justify my laziness.

I got a call today to appear on The Evening Sports Page with Ron Scarborough tonight on WRIX-FM (103.1 in Anderson; wrixfm.com on the Internet) and I'm guessing college baseball will be one of the topics we discuss.

So, I'm going to begin cranking out updates on PalmettoStateBaseball.com soon. That will include working on a day-by-day composite for state teams.

NCAA Division I teams can begin their seasons Feb. 13 -- nine weeks from Friday. I hope by that time you'll have regained the habit of checking this site for coverage of all levels of college baseball in South Carolina.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

What is your favorite baseball venue in South Carolina?

The PalmettoStateBaseball.com poll for the remainder of July is "What is your favorite baseball venue in South Carolina?"

I've offered 10 candidates (at right), but it was impractical to list every baseball facility in the state. If your favorite college venue isn't listed, or is a high school or American Legion park, or a former college or pro facility no longer in use, feel free to list it in the comments section under this post. I'll include those results in the tabulation.

News digest, July 24

Okey homers, but Team USA loses
Clemson sophomore Chris Okey hit a pinch-hit home run, but the U.S. Collegiate National Team lost to Cuba, 4-3, in the opener of an exhibition series.

Spartans adjust coaching staff
USC Upstate announced Wednesday that Ethan Guevin has been promoted to pitching coach and  Jordan Stampler is joining the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

USC players staying busy
GamecocksOnline.com has provided updated information on some Gamecocks playing summer ball.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

News digest, July 22, Part 2

Leggett's college coach dies
John Winkin, Jack Leggett's baseball coach at the University of Maine, died over the weekend at age 94.

TheDiamondProspects.com does a fine job of keeping up with college baseball commitments involving S.C. high school players. Among the most recent ones are Boiling Springs LHP Jacob Hennessy's decision to attend Clemson and Emerald outfielder Matthew Mulkey's decision to play for Winthrop.