Wednesday, July 27, 2016

News digest, July 27

During the offseason I may let a few days worth of updates collect before posting anything

Ex-Gamecock Williams back in baseball
Andy Demetra, writing for USC's Spurs & Feathers fan magazine, has a feature on Jake Williams, one of the heroes of South Carolina's 2011 College World Series championship. Williams, a Riverside High graduate who transferred to USC from Wofford, is player-coach for a team in Sweden. Williams made a throw from left field to get a Florida runner out at home plate to keep USC from losing Game 1 of the championship series.  Williams talks about his struggles with depression during his college years. Part 2 of the story is to be published on Thursday.

Paladins hire Davis
New Furman baseball coach Brett Harker has hired Kaleb Davis to be pitching coach, the position Harker held before he was promoted.  Davis formerly was pitching coach at Anderson University, his alma mater.

Johnson fills in at Lander
Assistant coach Britt Johnson has been named interim head coach at Lander. He's filling in for Kermit Smith, who leave the Bearcats to become head coach at Appalachian State earlier this month.

Benedict adds 19
Benedict has announced its 19-player recruiting class for the 2016 season. Included are pitcher-third baseman Keati Buchanan of Strom Thurmond and pitcher-outfielder Zahreed McClinton of Ridge View.

Beckwith earns Big South honor
Coastal Carolina's Andrew Beckwith was named Big South Conference  male athlete of the year earlier this month. The Howard Bagwell  Award is given in honor of the former Charleston Southern (Baptist College) coach and administrator. Bagwell also coached on the high school level in South Carolina.

Buccaneers earn honors
Charleston Southern's Chris Singleton and Cody Maw were selected for their summer collegiate league's all-star game and Cole German participated in his league's home run derby.

Hyman selected
Newberry's Danton Hyman was selected to play in the Valley League all-star game,

Shimko selected
USC Upstate's J.J. Shimko was selected to play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's all-star game.

Additionally, the Spartans' Charlie Carpenter was named to the New England Collegiate Baseball League's all-star game and Upstate recruit Russell Schwertfeger was named to the Florida Collegiate Summer League's all-star game.

Ex-Cougars selected for Charleston honor
Former College of Charleston players Chris Campbell and Nick Chigges are among five people selected for induction into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame. Other honorees were broadcaster Ted Byrne, Charleston major Joseph P. Riley Jr. and Charleston Riverdogs executive Mike Veeck.

Horton, McAlister selected
Forman Newberry College baseball players David Horton and  Keith McAlister have been selected for the 2016 class of the school's athletic hall of fame. Both went on the long and successful careers as high school coaches.

Former Bulldogs honored
Ex-The Citadel baseball standout Chris Lemonis has been selected for the 2016 class in the school's athletic hall of fame.  Lemonis currently is head coach at Indiana. Also in The Citadel's newest class is former Eastside High coach and athletic director John Carlisle.

Patriots add 13
Francis Marion coach Arte Inabinet has announced a 13-player recruiting class for next season. Included are three high school players and 10 junior college players.

Southern Wesleyan, USC honored
South Carolina and Southern Wesleyan were the only two S.C. colleges to receive team academic excellence awards from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Eagles honored
Winthrop's baseball team received the Big South Conference's sportsmanship award.

Outside the state
* One-time Wofford assistant Scott Jackson has been named to replace Jim Toman as head coach at Liberty. Jackson most recently was an assistant coach at North Carolina.

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