This Week in Blue Raider Baseball

September 10, 2006 · MT Media Relations
SQUAD BEGINS FALL PRACTICE MONDAY: Head coach Steve Peterson and the Blue Raiders will begin a four-week fall team practice session Monday with a five-inning scrimmage set to begin at 3:30 p.m. All practices and scrimmages are open to the public at Reese Smith Field.

COACH PETE BECOMES A GRANDFATHER AGAIN: Head coach Steve Peterson became a grandfather again with the birth of Noah William Wright on August 10 of this year. Peterson's oldest daughter, Jill, also has a two-year-old son, Hayden Wright.

BEACHUM ENDS SEASON IN CHARLESTON: Former Blue Raider Jeff Beachum ended a whirlwind summer with his fourth minor league team, playing the final two weeks of the season for the Charleston (SC) RiverDogs. The Cordova, Tenn., native began the year with the Staten Island (NY) Yankees, a Rookie-level, short-season club, playing in just three games before heading south to the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. There Beachum played for both the GCL Yankees, another rookie-level, short-season club (15 games, 10 walks, eight runs scored), and the Tampa Yankees, a Class A affiliate in the Florida State League (nine games, four RBIs, four runs scored). With his bags packed ready to head home, the Middle Tennessee career hits leader was told to head to Charleston, where he played in 11 games with four runs scored and four RBIs. For the summer Beachum batted .200 (21-for-105) in 38 contests with four extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

FOUR FORMER PLAYERS MAKE POSTSEASON: Four former Middle Tennessee baseball players made the postseason with their respective professional clubs in 2006, including two in the same league. Jayhawk Owens, the manager of the Chattanooga (TN) Lookouts, takes his team into the Southern League playoffs after winning the North Division first half title with a 44-26 record. For the year the Lookouts were 81-59. Also in the Southern League are the Montgomery (AL) Biscuits and Jeremy Owens, who posted 15 doubles, 14 home runs, 41 RBIs, 32 walks and 24 stolen bases in 125 games this season. Josh Renick and the St. Paul (MN) Saints in the American Association began the playoffs this week. Renick batted .287 in 93 contests this season with 59 runs scored, 12 doubles, 46 RBIs and 31 walks. The final former Blue Raider to make the playoffs is Eric McNamee and the Gary (IN) Southshore Railcats, who won last year's Northern League championship. McNamee missed more than six weeks with a broken wrist but returned about a month ago, batting .261 in 55 games this season with 31 runs scored, 24 RBIs and 31 walks.

OTHERS END MINOR LEAGUE SEASONS: Five other former Blue Raiders ended their minor league seasons this week, all but one on Monday. Dewon Brazelton finished the season with the Portland (OR) Beavers, AAA affiliate in the San Diego Padres organization, posting a 5-7 record with a 4.53 ERA in 17 contests with 16 starts, tossing 91.1 innings with 53 strikeouts. Todd Martin completed his season with the GCL Indians, short-season in the Cleveland Indians organization, in Winter Haven, Fla., batting .217 in 11 contests with four runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs. Brett Carroll played for both the Jupiter (FL) Hammerheads in Class A and the Carolina Mudcats, AA in the Florida Marlins organization. For Carolina, Carroll batted .231 in 74 games with 15 doubles, nine home runs, 30 RBIs and 18 walks while batting .241 in 59 contests with 12 doubles, eight home runs, 30 RBIs and 18 walks for Jupiter. Chris Mobley played his entire season with the Mudcats, posting a 1-4 record in 52 appearances, all in relief, with a 3.99 ERA in 58.2 innings of work, striking out 51. Michael McKenry ended his season Wednesday with the Tri-City Dust Devils, short-season in the Colorado Rockies organization. McKenry collected 16 doubles, four home runs, 23 RBIs, 22 walks and 28 runs scored in 66 contests.

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