This Week in Blue Raider Baseball

June 6, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MOBLEY NAMED TOP 10 ROLAIDS RELIEVER: Former Blue Raider Chris Mobley was named the No. 10 reliever in all of minor league baseball last week by Rolaids, the title sponsor for the Relief Man of the Year award. Mobley, a Blue Raider from 2002-04, has 13 saves in 21 appearances thus far this season for the Greensboro (NC) Grasshoppers, the Class A affiliate of the Florida Marlins, in the South Atlantic League. The righthander is 0-2 with a 2.22 ERA, striking out 29 in 24.1 innings of work. Mobley's teammate, Brett Carroll, has enjoyed a good season thus far in 2005 playing in the outfield for the Grasshoppers, belting 11 home runs and 12 doubles in 52 games. Carroll is batting .265 with 21 RBIs.

KEMP JOINS RIVER CITY RASCALS: Another former Blue Raider has been signed to an independent team, this one two-year letterwinner Shane Kemp. The Paris, Tenn., native is playing third base for the River City Rascals in the Frontier League in O'Fallon, Mo. He is batting .214 with one home run and three RBIs in five games, as the Rascals began play less than two weeks ago. Kemp lettered for Middle Tennessee in 2003-04, playing mostly the corner outfield positions but also filling in at shortstop as a junior for six games.

OTHER BLUE RAIDERS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL: Murfreesboro native John Williams leads a host of other former Blue Raiders in professional baseball, with the lefthander compiling a 2-2 mark with a 3.49 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Beloit (WI) Snappers in the Midwest League. He has 25 strikeouts in 28.1 innings of work as a member of the Minnesota Twins organization. Josh Renick has been plagued by injuries in his return to affiliated baseball with the Chattanooga Lookouts, playing for manager and another former Blue Raider, Jayhawk Owens. Renick has spent time on the disabled list twice and is batting .129 in 31 at-bats this season, playing in 22 contests. He has two RBIs for the 22-35 Lookouts, who are the AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the Southern League. Adam Larson has posted a 1-1 mark in five outings for the independent St. Paul (MN) Saints in the Northern League, making one start. The righthander has a 3.38 ERA in 10.2 innings of work. Renick played for the Saints in 2004. Former assistant coach Andy Haines is now an assistant in the same league with the Gary (IN) SouthShore Railcats. Gary is 9-6 currently, in third place in the South Division. Chad Cooper is batting .259 in 10 games with two stolen bases in the independent Can-Am League, with Cooper playing for the Elmira (NY) Pioneers. Jeremy Owens is the last former Blue Raider still playing professionally, with the outfielder suiting up for the Somerset (NJ) Patriots in the independent Atlantic League. Owens has 12 stolen bases with a .257 batting average in 37 contests with eight doubles and 13 RBIs.

BASEBALL CAMP DATES SET: The 2005 Steve Peterson Baseball Camps will begin this Sunday, with the Pitcher-Catcher Camp, set for June 12-14, the first of three offered for individuals. The Hitting Camp is June 14-16, with both camps for ages 13 - High School senior. The final individual camp of the summer is the Day Camp for ages 7-12 only, set for June 20-23. For more information on these and all Middle Tennessee summer camps, visit GoBlueRaiders.com or call 615/898-2450.

CHUCK TAYLOR GOLF TOURNAMENT TUESDAY: The annual Chuck Taylor Golf Tournament will take place at Indian Hills Golf Course tomorrow. As usual, the event will be a four-person scramble with prizes awarded for first through fifth place. Prizes will also be given for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest Drive. A hole-in-one on any par 3 on the course will be awarded prizes as well. Each entry into the tournament will receive a barbecue lunch, a goody bag, free beverages on the course, a red tee and mulligan, and a chance for a big money prize for an ace on hole number seven. Registration for the tournament is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m.

CURRENT PLAYERS HEAD OUT FOR SUMMER TEAMS: Fourteen current Blue Raiders will take part in summer baseball, including nine playing in wood bat leagues across the country and into Canada. Michael McKenry will play for the Fayetteville Swampdogs in the Coastal Plain League in Fayetteville, N.C., while Nathan Hines is headed to Waterloo, Iowa, and the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods League. Alex Watson and Adam Warren will both play for the Carolina Sox in Rock Hill, S.C, in the Southern Collegiate League, and will be joined by Josh Anderson on the Asheville (NC) Redbirds, also in the SCL. Three players - Jimmy Kelly, Adam Darby and Doug Birkofer - will play in the Cal Ripken, Sr., Collegiate League. Kelly will play for the Bethesda (MD) Big Train, a team formerly in the Clark Griffith League, while Darby and Birkofer are members of the Rockville (MD) Express. Marcus Taylor is the final current player abroad, taking part in the newly-formed West Coast Collegiate League. Taylor is a member of the Kelowna, British Columbia, Falcons. Five other current players - Wayne Kendrick, Jeff Kasser, Taylor Dennis, Josh Horn and Matt Campbell - will all play in the Nashville Wood Bat League at Shelby Park.

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