This Week In Blue Raider Baseball

Blue Raiders set winter camp dates

October 1, 2007 · MT Media Relations
CARROLL FINISHED SEASON IN MAJOR LEAGUES: Former Blue Raider Brett Carroll was recalled to the major leagues by the Florida Marlins in early September, as the MLB season comes to a close. Carroll had 19 at-bats with three hits in the month of September, doubling once, walking once and scoring twice. For the year the Knoxville, Tenn., native is batting .184 in 49 major league at-bats with two RBIs and 10 runs scored. Carroll ended the minor league season batting .304 in 128 games with the Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) and Carolina Mudcats (AA). He collected 34 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs, 82 RBIs and 69 runs scored between the two teams.

HORN, HAINES WIN FRONTIER LEAGUE CROWN: Former Blue Raider Josh Horn and former assistant coach Andy Haines teamed up to win the Frontier League crown this month with the Windy City (IL) Thunderbolts. After trailing 2-0 in their Frontier League Championship Series with the Washington (PA) Wild Things, the Thunderbolts completed an improbable comeback, dominating in a 10-3 win that sealed the first championship in franchise history.

Haines was in his first season as manager of the Thunderbolts after serving as an assistant with the Gary (IN) Southshore RailCats the past three seasons. Windy City posted a league-best 68-28 regular season record. The Thunderbolts won their opening playoff series, 3-0, over the Rockford (IL) RiverHawks before overcoming the two-game deficit in the championship series against Washington.

Haines served as a graduate assistant for two years and then a volunteer assistant at Middle Tennessee from 2003-05.

Horn was a two-year letterwinner for the Blue Raiders in 2005-06, having a career year as a senior. The Shelbyville, Tenn., native batted .302 in 89 contests this season for the Thunderbolts, posting 19 doubles, seven home runs, 53 RBIs and 64 runs scored.

MCNAMEE HELPS RAILCATS CLAIM SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP: Former Blue Raider Eric McNamee helped the Gary (IN) Southshore RailCats claim their second Northern League championship, as the Railcats defeated the Calgary Vipers, 5-1, in the fifth and deciding game of the best-of-five league championship series.

It was the second championship in three years for the RailCats, who became just the second team in independent Northern League history to go to the league championship series in three straight years and win the title twice during that period. Gary also went five games in the first round of the playoffs before prevailing over the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

McNamee walked and scored a run in the championship game. The Nashville, Tenn., native batted .263 in 91 contests this season with 10 doubles, 36 RBIs and 50 runs scored. He also walked 57 times and stole seven bases.

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.

BASEBALL DATES FOR WINTER CAMP: Middle Tennessee has set the dates for its 2007 winter camp.

There will be two sessions for children ages eight to high school seniors. The hitting camp will be Dec. 27 and the pitcher and catcher camp will be Dec. 28. Both winter camp sessions will be held in the Stephen B. Smith Training Facility.

During each session the campers will be grouped by ages and there is a 75 camper limit for each session. Each session is $100 which includes lunch. The sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.

The winter camp brochure with complete information on the two sessions is available on www.goblueraiders.com.

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