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Baseball Updates on Summer, Professional Players

July 14, 2006 · Jo Jo Freeman
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Brett Reilley started the All-Star Game for his squad in the Central Illinois Collegiate League and former Blue Raider All-American Josh Renick is batting above .300 in the American Association, leading a contingent of 27 current and former players and coaches in collegiate summer leagues and professional baseball around the country and in Canada.

Reilley, playing for the Dubois County (IN) Bombers in the CICL, tossed one shutout inning for the Evens squad in a 3-1 loss to the Odds this past Wednesday during the CICL All-Star Game at the Village of Lisle - Benedictine University Sports Complex. For the season the righthander is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA in five games, tossing 30.0 innings with 21 strikeouts and a .196 batting average by opponents.

In other summer league action, Rawley Bishop is batting .299 for the Junction City (MO) Generals in the Central Plains Baseball League. Bishop has played in 18 games with 17 runs scored, three home runs and 23 RBIs.

Alex Watson and Jimmy Kelly are both playing for the Southern Ohio Copperheads in the Great Lakes League. Watson is batting .237 in 20 games, 17 starts, with four doubles and 10 RBIs. Kelly has a 1-0 record on the mound with a 2.50 ERA in six contests, tossing 18.0 innings and allowing just a .219 opponent batting average.

Taylor Dennis is playing for the Greeley (CO) Grays in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. Dennis is batting .269 in 27 games with eight runs scored, 12 RBIs, 11 walks and four stolen bases.

Wayne Kendrick and Chad Coley are both playing for the Yorkton Cardinals in the Western Major Baseball League in Canada. Kendrick is batting .365 in 19 contests with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, 13 RBIs, eight walks and seven stolen bases. Coley has posted a 2-1 mark on the mound with a 2.78 ERA in seven games with five starts. The lefthander also has one save in 35.2 innings of work with 55 strikeouts.

Nick Marrs is 4-3 with a 2.50 ERA in seven games, all starts, for the Union City (TN) Greyhounds in the KITTY League. The righthander has two complete games, one shutout, has tossed 50.1 innings, striking out 50, and allowed opponents just a .230 batting average.

Former Blue Raider player and coach Chris LeGuenec is an assistant coach for the Greyhounds, and Middle Tennessee head coach Steve Peterson's son, John, is an assistant coach/sports operations intern for Union City. Current player Matt Campbell is also on the Greyhounds roster but has not played.

Ben Darlington, Will Hulsey, Justin Jones, Justin Humphrey, Dillon Heath and Grant Nickel are all playing in the Nashville Wood Bat League.

Heath currently leads the league in hitting at .565 (13-for-23) with six runs scored, four RBIs, two doubles, a triple, six walks and five stolen bases. Darlington is batting .278 (10-for-36) with two RBIs, four doubles, six walks and a stolen base, while Hulsey is 3-for-11 with a run, three walks and two stolen bases. Jones is batting .250 (8-for-32) with five runs scored, two RBIs, six walks and a stolen base, Humphrey is 2-for-10 with a run, one RBI and one walk, and Nickell is 0-for-11 with four walks.

In the professional ranks, Renick is batting .309 in 56 games for the St. Paul (MN) Saints in the independent American Association. He has scored 38 runs with nine doubles, 31 RBIs, 18 walks and eight stolen bases.

Also in the independent leagues, Eric McNamee and Todd Martin along with former assistant coach Andy Haines all are with the Gary (IN) Southshore Railcats. McNamee is currently batting .253 in 33 games with 19 runs scored, 13 RBIs, 19 walks and three stolen bases, while Martin is off to a slow start with a .143 average in five games with three runs scored and a walk.

In affiliated leagues, Dewon Brazelton has been on the disabled list after straining an oblique muscle on June 22 for the Portland (OR) Beavers. The righthander is currently rehabbing at the Padres spring training complex in Peoria, Ariz. He is 1-3 with a 3.79 ERA in eight games for the Beavers with one complete game and one shutout, working 38.0 innings and striking out 24.

Jeremy Owens has spent the entire season with the Montgomery (AL) Biscuits, batting .221 in 87 contests. He has scored 40 runs with 11 doubles, 10 home runs, 30 RBIs, 16 walks and 13 stolen bases.

Chris Mobley has played against Owens all year in the Southern League as a member of the Carolina (NC) Mudcats. Mobley is 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 29 games, all in relief, posting four saves in 33.0 innings of work and 29 strikeouts.

Brett Carroll played 59 games with the Jupiter (FL) Hammerheads, batting .241 with 31 runs scored, 12 doubles, eight home runs, 30 RBIs, 18 walks and nine stolen bases. On June 10 Carroll was promoted to Carolina and reunited with Mobley. For the Mudcats Carroll is batting .233 in 28 games with five runs scored, eight doubles, 11 RBIs and four stolen bases.

Former player Jayhawk Owens is the manager of the Chattanooga (TN) Lookouts in the Southern League as well. The Lookouts won the first half and are tied for first with the Tennessee Smokies in the North Division in the second half.

Middle Tennessee's two most recent professional players, Michael McKenry and Jeff Beachum, are playing on opposite sides of the country.

McKenry has gotten off to a slow start, batting just .215 in 23 games for the Tri-City (WA) Dust Devils. He has scored four runs with two doubles, a home run, 10 RBIs and six walks.

Beachum played in three games for the Staten Island (NY) Yankees from June 20-July 4, going 3-for-10 with a run, one double and one RBI. He has played since July 5 for the GCL (FL) Yankees, batting .273 in three contests with a run, one walk and one stolen base.

For more information on these players, go to http://goblueraiders.com/content.cfm/id/16512 for website addresses for each team.

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