After being hit just below his right eye in his first game for the Haymarket Senators of the Valley League summer league, he’s fortunate to still have his eyesight — and, frankly, to be alive.
After having numerous reconstructive surgeries, Snyder is fortunate he can once again step into a batter’s box — he did so for the first time since June 4 on Wednesday, although, at his mother’s insistence, he’s wearing a partial shield to protect his face from future errant throws.
And, after all that he has gone through, he’s fortunate his dream of playing professional baseball is still alive. (July 1, 2011, Page 9A)
June 7 was one of the most exciting days in Michael Reed’s young baseball career.
Having been drafted in the fifth round by the Milwaukee Brewers, Reed was openly excited about the opportunity to turn pro and fulfill what is a dream of high school baseball players from coast to coast. (more…) (July 1, 2011, Page 9A)
The Tupelo Thunder, led by former Lafayette High standout Josh Mills, defeated the Tippah County Tribe 6-3 on Thursday in New Albany. Mills stole four bases, scored two runs and was hit by a pitch in the win. (more…) (July 1, 2011, Page 9A)
NEW ALBANY — Ole Miss’ Jimel Judon looks like a completely different batter on the diamond of the New Albany Sportsplex this summer.
Judon’s stance is the same, but his production certainly is not.
After recording just two hits in 36 at-bats last summer for the Tallahatchie Rascals of the Cotton States Baseball League, the former Myrtle standout is hitting .400 — good enough for third amongst league regulars — through nine games this season. (more…) (June 27, 2011, Page 6)
It’s been quite a busy week for several Ole Miss verbal commitments and one high-ranked recruit.
This past week commitments Gavin Cecchini and Stryker Trahan, and big-time pitcher Ty Hensley, took part in the Tournament of Stars baseball tournament, held at Thomas Brooks Park, Team USA’s training complex in Cary, N.C. (more…) (June 27, 2011, Page 6)
BLOG: Ole Miss was well represented at this weekend’s Tournament of Stars baseball tournament held at Thomas Brooks Park, Team USA’s training complex in Cary, N.C. (more…) (June 26, 2011)
During his official introduction on Wednesday as the Diamond Rebels’ next hitting coach, Godwin pointed to his time as a Tiger assistant as to when Ole Miss came on his radar. (June 23, 2011, Page 6)
After about a week’s worth of well-sourced rumors made the rounds on the Internet over the course of the past week, Ole Miss officially announced the hire of Cliff Godwin as the baseball program’s next hitting coach on Tuesday evening.
Former Ole Miss standout Stephen Head had a good debut with the Tri City Dust Devils, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, on Sunday. The hitter-turned-pitcher struck out five while allowing just one hit and one walk in three innings.
Head is a former second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians (2005). (June 20, 2011, Page 9)
Ole Miss left-hander Austin Wright has signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Wright, an eighth-round draft pick earlier this month, was 5-4 with a 4.73 ERA this past season with the Rebels.
Wright joins fellow weekend starter Matt Crouse in the professional ranks. Crouse was a 24th-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers who signed a professional contract earlier this month. (June 20, 2011, Page 9)