Baseball Summer Notes

August 18, 2003 · MT Media Relations
Chad Cooper was taken with the first pick in the 11th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the Major League Baseball Amatuer Draft. Jerry Knox signed with the Shreveport (La.) Sports, an independent professional franchise in the Central Baseball League.

Brett Carroll finished the season tied for 21st in the nation in home runs per game (0.32) and 48th in the country in slugging percentage (0.670) in the final NCAA statistics released after the College World Series. Josh Archer was 62nd in home runs per game (0.25) and Chase Swing tied for 24th in the country with his 11 saves.

Sophomore Chase Eakes played in the Clark Griffith League for the Baltimore (MD) Pride before suffering a car accident on July 9. The Goodpasture HS product suffered cuts and bruises and urderwent surgery to close a deep gash in his leg, but otherwise came out of the wreck in good condition and should be ready to go for fall workouts. Eakes was batting .297 in 21 games with four doubles and 11 RBIs.

Junior Chase Swing continued his excellent relief work this summer for the Staunton (VA) Braves in the Valley League. Swing posted a 5-0 mark with five saves in 19.2 innings of work, allowing just 14 hits with 19 strikeouts and only two walks. The Shelbyville, Tenn., native struck out the side in a playoff game at the end of the regular season to help the Braves win the South Division in the league. Swing also tossed one shutout inning for the South in the Valley League All-Star Game and was named First Team All-Valley Baseball League as a reliever.

Sophomore Marcus Taylor of the Bethesda Big Train was selected as the Player of the Week in the Clark Griffith League for the week ending July 12. Taylor, a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, went 8-for-14 for a .571 average, including four doubles and six RBIs to lead the Big Train to three wins. Taylor's three homers all came in the same game on July 9, as the Lexington, Ky., native tied a league wood-bat record set by current Texas Ranger Mark Teixeira in 1998. Taylor blasted three round-trippers against Herndon on July 9 in a 7-6 Big Train victory, going 4-for-5 with five RBIs in the contest, hitting his third home run in the 11th inning to provide the margin of victory. Taylor ended the season batting .312 in 31 games with eight doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs as well as 14 runs scored.

Taylor's teammate, sophomore Shay Horseman, also had a spectacular summer for the Big Train, posting a 4-1 mark with a 1.71 ERA. Horseman had 10 appearances, six starts, working 42.0 innings with 47 strikeouts and 15 walks and allowing just 27 hits. Junior Steve Kline enjoyed a successful summer pitching for the Mat-Su Miners in the Alaska Baseball League. Kline made 10 starts, posting a 4-2 mark with a 2.61 ERA in 62.0 innings of work, striking out 37 and walking just six.

Senior Chuck Akers and junior Josh Archer both struggled through the pitching-dominated Cape Cod League, playing for the Harwich (MA) Mariners. Akers batted .196 in 35 games with 10 runs scored and six stolen bases. Archer had five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBIs in 34 games, but also struck out 40 times in 120 at-bats in posting a .175 batting average.

Juniors Brett Carroll and Chris Mobley both played for the Florence (SC) Redwolves in the Coastal Plain League. Carroll batted .246 in 45 games with seven doubles and 20 RBIs along with 15 runs scored. Mobley posted a 4-4 mark, making 10 appearances with nine starts. The Kingsport, Tenn., native had 46 strikeouts in 53.1 innings of work, posting 1.01 ERA and allowing just 40 hits.

Junior Nate Jaggers struggled through his campaign for the Wilmington (NC) Sharks, also in the CPL, batting just .179 in 30 games with three doubles, five RBIs and seven runs scored.

Senior Shane Kemp and junior Danny Borne both played for the Stark County Terriers in Canton, Ohio. Kemp batted .229 in 31 contests, scoring 12 runs with five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs. Borne made six appearances, all starts, tossing two complete games and posting a 2-4 mark in 27.2 innings of work. Borne struck out 30 and walked just eight.

Senior Troy Harp posted a .216 batting average in 30 games for the Madison (WI) Mallards in the Northwoods League. Harp had nine RBIs, helping the Mallards make the playoffs after posting a 36-24 regular-season record.

Junior Chris LeGuenec played for the Thunder Bay (Ontario) Border Cats, also in the Northwoods League, batting .150 in 38 games with five doubles, six RBIs and 11 runs scored.

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