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Cooper, Archer Lead Baseball Summer Wrapup

September 12, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Chad Cooper and Josh Archer ranked near the top of the Coastal Plain League in batting and slugging percentage, respectively, to lead the contingent of Middle Tennessee baseball players playing in wooden bat summer leagues.

Copper finished third in the CPL in batting at .333, collecting 64 hits in 49 games with 34 runs scored. The Picture Rocks, Pa., native had six doubles and drove in 18 runs while drawing 20 walks for the Fayetteville (SC) Swampdogs.

Archer led the Florence (SC) Redwolves in home runs (four) and RBIs (27) while batting .288 in 47 contests. The Paris, Tenn., native scored 26 runs and added 11 doubles while slugging .424.

Murfreesboro native Chuck Akers played 42 games in the prestigious Cape Cod League for the Harwich Mariners, a dominant pitching summer league in the Northeast. The Oakland High School product batted a respectable .232 with 16 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.

Lefthanded hurler John Williams spent the last three weeks of the summer playing for the Mariners, as well, after rehabbing from a broken left hand suffered halfway through last season. Williams tossed 11.2 innings in four appearances, drawing one start. He allowed three runs and struck out 10, posting a 2-0 record in the process.

Catcher Troy Harp played in the Central Illinois Collegiate League for the Quinley Gems, starting 22 contests. The Louisville, Ky., native threw out 9-of-36 base stealers and had 10 hits and three RBIs in 29 total games.

Infielder Nate Jaggers and pitcher Chris Mobley both played for the Bethesda (MD) Big Train in the Clark Griffith League. Jaggers batted .277 in 38 games, scoring 17 runs with seven doubles and 14 RBIs. The Louisville, Ky., native also stole seven bases.

Mobley compiled a 3-1 mark with a 4.63 ERA in 35.0 innings of work for the Big Train. The Dobyns-Bennett High School product struck out 36 and allowed 21 runs in nine appearances, seven of which were starts.

Knoxville, Tenn., native Josh Carroll helped the Hornell Dodgers win the New York Collegiate League championship under manager and former Blue Raider coach Justus Scott. Carroll provided a game-winning home run during the championship series, his only round-tripper of the season, and batted .278 for the season with 12 doubles, four triples and 28 RBIs.

Chris LeGuenec also participated this summer in the Cotton State League in Mississippi this summer, but statistics were unavailable.

The Blue Raiders continue fall practice through the end of the month with the Fall World Series slated for the first week of October.

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