Thursday, July 24, 2014

What is your favorite baseball venue in South Carolina?

The 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 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.

Commitments 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.

News digest, July 22

Paulsen singles in first MLB at-bat
Former Clemson star Ben Paulsen singled in his first Major League at-bat Monday night for the Colorado Rockies. Paulsen was called up from AAA earlier in the day and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his first big league game.

Wingo joins USC staff
Scott Wingo, one of the heroes of South Carolina's two College World Series championships, is returning to the program as a student assistant coach, according to The State newspaper. Wingo was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 College World Series. The former Mauldin High star had been with the Los Angles Dodgers organization until he was released earlier this season.

USC closes 2015 season with LSU at home
LSU on Monday announced its 2015 schedule. The Tigers play a three-game series at South Carolina May 14-16 to conclude the regular season.
LSU poll results
Should the NCAA allow schools to pay baseball players?

  0 (0%)
  3 (75%)
Don't know/not sure
  1 (25%)
Votes cast: 4

Monday, July 21, 2014

News digest, July 21

USC, Clemson venues in Top 9
South Carolina's Carolina Stadium is ranked No. 1 and Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium is No 9. in's 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Parkpark Experience rankings. I think both schools are worthy of the Top 10 status. Some of the rankings for other state teams are real head-scratchers to me -- some too high, some too low -- but I'm not going to risk anyone's wrath by saying which. Coastal Carolina has played the last two seasons in Myrtle Beach's Field at Pelicans Ballpark while its on-campus facility was being rebuilt. The Myrtle Beach stadium is not included in the rankings.
S.C. Stadium rankings: 1. Carolina Stadium (USC). 9. Doug Kingsmore Stadium (Clemson). 52. Russell C. King Field (Wofford). 79. Harley Park (USC Upstate). 87. Patriots' Point (College of Charleston). 93. Latham Stadium (Furman). 108. Buccaneer Ballpark (Charleston Southern). 146. Winthrop Ballpark. 166. Presbyterian Baseball Complex. 190. Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (The Citadel).

Crownover to return
Clemson left-hander Matthew Crownover, a draft-eligible sophomore who was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the June draft, will return to school for his junior season. The MLB signing deadline was 5 p.m. Friday (July 18).

USA wins; Okey honored
The U.S. Collegiate National Team won the Haarlem-Honkbal Week Tournament in the Netherlands. Clemson sophomore Chris Okey was named most popular player in the tournament. Okey hit .235 in the tournament, but is hitting .316 for the summer with Team USA. The Americans play a friendship series against Cuba beginning Wednesday in Cuba.

Wise to compete
College of Charleston player Carl Wise has been selected to compete in the Cape Cod Baseball League's Home Run Derby later this week in Bourne, Mass. He is playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Wise, Joey Strain of Winthrop and Steven Duggar of Clemson has been selected to play for the West Division in the league's All-Star game.

Longwood hires ex-Cougar
Longwood has hired Ryan Mau as its head baseball coach. Mau played baseball and earned a bachelor's degree from College of Charleston. Mau comes to the Big South Conference school after four years as an assistant at Navy. He replaces Brian McCullough, who had a 22-33 record in one season.

PC adds nine
Presbyterian has added nine recruits for the 2015 season, including pitcher Patrick Burt from USC Lancaster & Brookland-Cayce High, pitcher Cole Norwood from Spartanburg Methodist and pitcher David Sauer from USC Sumter.

Britt transferring
Right-handed pitcher Curt Britt is transferring from South Carolina to N.C. State. Britt is a North Carolina native. His father died during the 2014 season.

Koch an all-star
USC catcher Logan Koch struck out in his only at-bat in Sunday's New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 poll results, July 13

How will the new baseballs impact scoring in 2015 college baseball games?

No detectable change
  0 (0%)
Fewer runs per game
  1 (10%)
1-2 more runs per game
  8 (80%)
3-4 runs per game
  1 (10%)
5+ more runs per game
  0 (0%)
Votes cast: 10

Thursday, July 10, 2014

News digest, July 10

Holbrook talks 2014, 2015
Spurs and Feathers has posted a question and answer session with Gamecocks coach Chad Holbrook.

Twelve are CPL all-stars
Twelve players from S.C. colleges are on the West Division roster for the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game Monday in Asheboro, N.C. Representing  Coastal Carolina Anthony Marks (Asheboro) and Michael Morrison (Florence). South Carolina's selections are are  Gene Cone (Florence) and Jordan Gore (Florence). Also selected were Charleston Southern's Chase Shelton (Columbia), Clemson's Weston Wilson (High Point-Thomasville), Francis Marion's J.D. Crowe (Columbia), Furman's Ryan Griffith (Florence), Lander's Weston Lawing (Gastonia), North Greenville's Allen Staton (Columbia), Winthrop's Brock Goodling (Florence) and Wofford's Alec Paradowski (High Point-Thomasville).

Huggins picks Clemson
Left-handed pitcher Ryne Huggins of Newberry has committed to play for Clemson beginning in 2016.

Gamecocks honored
Fourteen baseball players, including seven members of the everyday lineup, are among South Carolina's representatives on the SEC spring academic honor roll.

Ober finishes CNT stint
College of Charleston sophomore Bailey Ober has concluded his stint as an alternate for the U.S. Collegiate National Team.

Honors freshman all-America

First team: Bailey Ober, P, College of Charleston.
Second team: Nick Pappas, 1B, College of Charleston; Wil Crowe, P, South Carolina
PG frosh