This Week in Blue Raider Baseball

Squad begins practice next week

September 11, 2007 · MT Media Relations
HENLEY NAMED GROUNDSKEEPER OF THE YEAR: The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced that Bo Henley of the Chattanooga Lookouts has been named its 2007 Groundskeeper of the Year, as selected by the league's field managers and umpires. Henley is in his sixth consecutive season as groundskeeper at AT&T Field. He also was the Lookouts groundskeeper in 1996-97 when the team played at Engel Stadium. Henley was a manager and helped with ground maintenance at Reese Smith Field while earning his bachelor's from Middle Tennessee in 1994. Henley resides in Red Bank, Tenn., with his wife, Mindy, and their daughter, Emma.

BLUE RAIDERS BEGIN PRACTICE MONDAY: Middle Tennessee will begin a six-week fall practice session on Monday with the first of 15 intrasquad scrimmages at Reese Smith Field. New NCAA rules this season allow the Blue Raiders 27 fall practice days in a 45-day stretch. Head coach Steve Peterson, in his 21st season at the helm of the program, will welcome 40 players in uniform as well as walk-ons for Monday's scrimmage, which starts at 3 p.m. Below is a list of scrimmage days and times for fall practice: Monday, Sept. 17 3 PM
Saturday, Sept. 22 Noon
Sunday, Sept. 23 1 PM
Thursday, Sept. 27 3 PM
Friday, Sept. 28 3 PM
Friday, Oct. 5 3 PM
Sunday, Oct. 7 1 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 10 3 PM
Friday, Oct. 12 3 PM
Saturday, Oct. 13 Noon
Friday, Oct. 19 3 PM
Sunday, Oct. 21 3 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 24 3 PM
Friday, Oct. 26 3 PM
Saturday, Oct. 27 Noon

MCKENRY, MARTIN SET FOR FALL ACTION: Former Blue Raider All-Americans Michael McKenry and Todd Martin will both be in action in professional baseball this fall.

A member of the Cleveland Indians organization, Martin will head to the Indians Fall Development Program in Winter Haven, Fla., reporting September 19 and beginning games on September 24. Martin is currently batting .360 in 54 games for the short-season Mahoning Valley (NY) Scrappers in the New-York Penn League. He has eight doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Mahoning Valley's season ends on Wednesday.

McKenry, a member of the Colorado Rockies organization, has been allocated to the Hawaiian Fall League. McKenry batted .287 in 113 games this season in Class A for the Asheville (NC) Tourists in the South Atlantic League with 35 doubles, 22 home runs, 90 RBIs, 66 walks and 79 runs scored.

The HFL restarted in 2006 after a 10-year absence and had four teams - Waikiki Beach Boys, Honolulu Sharks, North Shore Honu and West Oahu Cane Fires. Funded by Major League Baseball, the league draws players from MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball, Korea Baseball Organization and independent leagues. Games are played in Hawaii from October to December. In 2006, the HFL was the only winter league to feature both top Japanese and American talent.

BASEBALL SETS DATE FOR ANNUAL FISH FRY: Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson has announced the annual Grand Slam Fish Fry fundraiser will take place on Monday, October 8, at 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Livestock Center on the Middle Tennessee campus.

As always, the event will feature country whole fried catfish with all the trimmings prepared by Shelbyville's own "Big Hoss" Cartwright; authentic cajun gumbo by our Louisiana transplant, Blue Raider legend John Stanford; as well as hot dogs for the kids.

Russ & Becky Jeffers Country Band from Jack Daniels Distillery will be on hand for the evening's entertainment.

"We fried over 600 pounds of catfish and 50 gallons of gumbo last year," head coach Steve Peterson said.

"The Fish Fry is one of our biggest events of the year, an annual event we've been hosting since 1984. It's a great way to socialize with everyone and raise money for the baseball program. It's great food, fun and entertainment, and certainly an event you don't want to miss."

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children six and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at the Middle Tennessee Ticket Office located at Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium, Crosslin Supply in Smyrna and through the Middle Tennessee BRAA office.

Patrons wishing to pay by mail can make checks payable to Middle Tennessee Baseball Fish Fry and can send their payment to Steve Peterson, MTSU Box 90, Murfreesboro, TN, 37132. For more information, please call 615/898-2450. Proceeds from the Grand Slam Fish Fry benefit the Blue Raider baseball program.

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