NEW YORK — USA Baseball announced Wednesday 23 of the 24 members of its 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team. The Davey Johnson-led squad is set to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Aug. 8-24 (baseball competition Aug. 13-23).
The team features 12 pitchers and 11 position players. The 24th member of the Olympic Team will be named in the coming days, ahead of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad’s (BOCOG) July 22 cut-off date.
“We are proud of the ballclub we have assembled,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “The team is strong from top to bottom, and we are confident it will succeed in Beijing. We applaud our coaching staff and selection committee for their tireless work in putting together an excellent team.”
Pinckard named Northwoods All-Star; Miller on the shelf; Volz strong for Team USA
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Baylor redshirt freshman Brooks Pinckard was named to the 2008 Northwoods League All-Star Game, the league announced late last week. The game will be played Monday at Warner Park in Madison, Wis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Pinckard, who has pitched and played the infield for the Eau Claire Express, was named to the team as an infielder. He ranks sixth in the Northwoods League with a .331 batting average. Pinckard has tallied 40 hits, 21 runs, 18 RBI, eight doubles and two triples, and he is 12-for-17 in stolen base attempts. He also has posted an 0-1 record on the mound with one save and a 1.29 ERA. In 7.0 innings, Pinckard has allowed one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Team Canada finished their exhibition series with a split of two seven-innings games with the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs, losing the first game 2-0 and winning the second 4-1.
The Bulldogs were playing with a makeshift roster because four of their regulars were playing for Team Canada. There was a “family feud” factor; Team Canada’s Head Coach, Terry McKaig, and two of the assistant coaches, Cav Whitely and Shawn Corness, are on the British Columbia coaching staff. The Bulldogs Coach, Connor Janes, is another British Columbia assistant coach. Seven British Columbia players and one incoming recruit saw action for the Bulldogs; five British Columbia players played for Team Canada.
First game: Jon Hesketh (New Mexico) and Geoff Burke (British Columbia) combined for the shutout. Each of them gave up one hit. Hesketh, a 38th round draft pick in 2006, got the win; he went four innings, struck out three.
Team Canada got a big offensive performance from 1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton), and Mark Hardy (British Columbia), Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern), and Hiarali Garcia (Kansas) combined for a 7-0 win over the Burnaby Bulldogs of the (Vancouver-area) Pacific Metro Baseball League.
MacDonald hit a two-run home run, an RBI double, and a base hit, and was 3-4 for the game. Hardy went five innings, allowed four hits, struck out five. The Bulldogs hit loaded the bases in the fourth inning on a hit, an error that spoiled what should have been a double play, and a walk. However, a ground ball resulted in a force out at home, and another ground ball got Hardy out of the inning.
Dabrowiecki came in in the sixth inning, and struck out the side. He pitched two more innings, and got three more strikeouts. He allowed one hit and one walk. Garcia, who has pitched the ninth inning of all three of Canada’s games, retired all three batters he faced. Continue reading Team Canada gets a shutout→
The East Texas Pump Jacks rode into McKinney looking to jump start their offense and get back to their winning ways against the first-place Marshals.
They achieved one out of two.
The Pump Jacks fell to McKinney, 8-5, in a see-saw affair that saw East Texas jump out to a pair of leads before succumbing in the middle innings.
The Pump Jacks got on the scoreboard early with the help of McKinney starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who walked the first three batters. Designated hitter Matt Curry delivered a single to right field that knocked in the first two runs of the evening.
Canada’s entry in the World University Games defeated the Lethbridge Bulls of the Western Major Baseball League 12-1 Wednesday night. RF Ken Fuglerud (Saint Mary’s) hit a two-run home run, went 2-3 with 3 RBI. 1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton) also hit a two-run home run, went 2-4 with 4 runs scored. LF Grant Kveder (Gonzaga) went 3-5 with an RBI, and DH Jeff Vickers (Lamar) went 3-6 with 2 RBI. Continue reading Team Canada goes to 2-0 in exhibition play→
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_11335.phpThe Canadian entry in the World University Games Baseball Championship defeated the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League 6-5 before a crowd of 1,505 in Okotoks, Alberta.
Team Canada’s offense was led by C Jeff Vickers (Lamar), who hit a two-run home run in the third inning. The winning run came in the fifth, on an RBI single by DH Ryan Pilgrim (British Columbia). Pilgrim was 2-4 for the game. RF Jon Syrnyk (British Columbia) was also 2-4. Continue reading Team Canada wins first exhibition game→
The Dallas Morning News takes a look at equivalency sport scholarships with an interesting read:
The Scholarship Game: An examination of how universities divvy up scholarship money and the impact on student athletes.
After years of playing baseball with the elite Dallas Mustangs youth travel team, Tyler Sibley is weighing scholarship offers to play shortstop at a Division I school next fall.
The financial aid Sibley receives in college won’t come close to covering the money his father, Tim, has spent getting him to this point.
The same can be said for countless other athletes across North Texas whose parents often spend well in excess of $25,000 so their kids can compete at the highest levels in youth sports such as baseball, swimming, soccer, tennis and golf. Continue reading Divvying up the Scholarship Pie→
ATLANTA – Danny Hall, whose Georgia Tech baseball teams have averaged more than 43 wins per season over the last 15 years, has signed a one-year contract extension, athletic director Dan Radakovich announced Monday. The new deal extends his contract through the 2012 season.
Hall became the Yellow Jackets’ all-time leader in coaching victories in 2005 and has compiled a 652-294 (.689) record at Georgia Tech. His teams have won at least 40 games in 12 of his 15 seasons with the Yellow Jackets and eclipsed the 30-win mark every year.
“Our baseball program has garnered unprecedented success, both within the conference and on the national level,” Radakovich said, “and Danny is the primary person responsible for that success. He continues to recruit the brightest and most talented student-athletes in the nation and that has translated into the success this program has achieved over the last 15 years.”
In Hall’s 15 seasons as Tech’s head coach, the Jackets have made 13 NCAA Tournament and three College World Series appearances, won three Atlantic Coast Conference championships (2000, 2003, 2005) and captured ACC regular season crowns in 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2005. The three-time ACC Coach of the Year (1997, 2000, 2005), Hall’s players have earned All-America honors 27 times while more than 80 of his student-athletes have signed professional contracts since 1994.
Georgia Tech finished 41-21, 16-15 in the ACC and earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2008. Four players – senior Brad Feltes, juniors Charlie Blackmon and David Duncan and freshman Derek Dietrich – were named to an All-ACC team. Seven Yellow Jackets were selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, and 43 have been drafted over the last five years, the most for any Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Hall came to Georgia Tech after a successful six-year stint as the head coach at Kent State, where he led the Golden Flashes to Mid-American Conference championships and bids to NCAA regionals in each of his last two seasons. He forged a 208-117 (.640) record in his six years at Kent State, twice winning Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors. He also won more games than any other MAC school from 1989-93.
In his first year at Georgia Tech (1994), Hall guided an extremely talented and veteran unit with four All-Americas and three first-round draft choices to the brink of a national championship, Georgia Tech’s first-ever appearance in the College World Series, and a 50-17 record.
The Yellow Jacket skipper guided Tech to its second College World Series appearance in 2002 by turning in one of the best coaching jobs of his career, leading a Tech team that included 17 freshmen and only three seniors back to Omaha.
Georgia Tech, which earned a top-eight national seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year, advanced to its third College World Series since Hall’s arrival in 2006.
A former president of the American Baseball Coaches Association, Hall now sits on its Board of Directors and is directly responsible for future elected officers within the ABCA as a member of its Nominations Committee.
Hall, a 1977 graduate of Miami (Ohio), was selected to the Miami Hall of Fame in 1998, and he was inducted into the Miami Cradle of Coaches in 2007. He’s also a member of the Kent State University Hall of Fame following his induction in 2005.