Oct. 16, 2011
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Oct. 10-16, 2011
Wally Ritchie has been hired as pitching coach at
BYU. He was 2-1 in 31.2 innings as a freshman for the Cougars in
1984 before transferring to Glendale Community College. Ritchie
was a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1985 and
pitched more than 175 innings in four Major League seasons.
Since 2008, Ritchie was city manager for Santa Clara, Utah. He
was a volunteer pitching coach at Snow Canyon High School for
five years. He also taught private pitching lessons and worked
at baseball camps.
Lou Palmisano has been named the volunteer
assistant at Miami (Fla.). He was an assistant this past year at
Broward College, working with the hitters and catchers.
Palmisano played at Broward from 2001-03 and was drafted in the
third round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Former South Alabama standout David Freese was
named MVP of the NL Championship Series in leading the St. Louis
Cardinals to the World Series. Freese batted .545 with three
homers, seven runs and nine RBI in the six-game series. Freese
was an All-American and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year
Miami (Fla.) will begin fall practice on Oct. 16
at 1:30 p.m. at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Hurricanes will play
Miami Dade College on Nov. 10 and the Canadian National Team on
Nov. 12, with both starting at 6 p.m. Both games and all
practices are free and open to the public.
High Point participated in the Homecoming Dance
at Pennybyrn at Maryfield, a retirement living community in High
Point. The event was featured on Fox 8 news. The team danced and
socialized with the residents at the annual event. High Point
also works with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Last year, the team
helped build a house for a local Army sergeant who was injured
in Afghanistan through Homes for our Troops.
Tennessee topped Western Carolina 6-3 Friday at
Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Zach Luther, Chris Pierce and Drew
Steckenrider each had RBI singles for the Volunteers.
Steckenrider was the starting pitcher, allowing one run on three
hits with two strikeouts in two innings. He went 2 for 4 with a
run and two RBI.
Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay was inducted
into the Scottsdale Community College Hall of Fame this past
weekend. Esmay played two seasons for the Artichokes before
transferring to ASU. He hit .397 in two years at SCC, being
named an All-American and helping the Artichokes reach the 1984
NJCAA World Series.
Texas Tech will change the official name of its
baseball stadium to Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. It was
named Dan Law Field from 1988-2011 before a $5 million
renovation project funded by private donors. An anonymous donor
requested the field be named after Rip Griffin, a long-time
supporter of Red Raider baseball and athletics. The construction
should be completed by the end of January.
Pepperdine’s annual baseball fall fundraiser, the
Patrick Rooney Memorial Golf Tournament, will be held on Nov. 7
at the Moorpark Country Club. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with
a shotgun start at 10 a.m. A buffet dinner follows at 4 p.m.
The Citadel has started its four-part Fall World
Series. The series continues on Tuesday and Thursday, both at
3:30 p.m. at Riley Park.
Chris Hamblen and Kyle Markle won the 2011
Diamond Club/Alumni Home Run Derby Friday for Cincinnati at
Marge Schott Stadium. Hamblen (1999-2002) won for the third time
in the position-player’s division, while Markle (2002-2005) took
the pitcher’s division.
There have been several changes in the
Southeastern Louisiana coaching staff. Hitting coach Matt Riser
will take over as recruiting coordinator. The fifth-year
assistant will continue to work with the outfielders as well as
the hitters. Daniel Latham has been added as pitching coach. The
former Tulane hurler spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant
at High Point before serving as pitching coach at VMI this past
season. Kyle Maxie will be the volunteer assistant after
coaching the past two years at Alabama Southern Community
Tennessee will host Western Carolina in a fall
scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson
Stadium. The game is open to the public and admission is free.
Limited concessions will be available and season tickets will be
There are more than 50 former Cal State Fullerton
Titans coaching at different levels of baseball, from high
school to college to professional.
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Elon head coach Mike Kennedy will be among seven
local celebrities participating in the Dancing with the Little
Pink Stars on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at The Diamond
Rood in Gibsonville, N.C. The event will raise funds for Little
Pink Houses of Hope. Kennedy will partner with Elon student
Meagan Chieppor. Tickets may be purchased through
www.littlepinkhousesofhope.org and donations may be made for
individual teams, with every $10 counting as one vote.
Illinois State will begin its Fall World Series
on Tuesday at Duffy Bass Field. The six-game series will
continue this week and next and will conclude on Saturday, Oct.
22. The games are free and open to the public.
Georgia Southern will hold a Pro Day scrimmage on
Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at J.I. Clements Stadium.
After being rained out of Sunday, Houston hosted
Rice in a 14-inning scrimmage Tuesday evening at Cougar Field.
Price Jacobs went 3 for 5 for the Cougars with a triple and a
home run. Casey Grayson, Wes Theiss and Keegan Sanford each had
two hits for Houston.
The eighth annual BYU baseball team run up Y
Mountain was held on Tuesday afternoon. Zane Affleck led the way
in 13:09, followed by Travis Stacey in 13:52. Head coach Vance
Law said that seven players finished in less than 16 minutes,
compared to three or four in past years.
Louisville will start its sixth annual Pizza Bowl
on Thursday 3 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. The series will
continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude on Sunday at noon.
The games are free and open to the public.
Ohio State will begin its best-of-five Scarlet &
Gray World Series on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at Bill Davis
Stadium The series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m., Wednesday at
6 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, Oct. 22, at
3 p.m. Games are free and open to the public.