ETSU baseball welcomes 13 new players
Friday, August 28, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 28, 2009) - The ETSU  baseball team and head coach Tony Skole announced the addition of 13 new members to the roster on Friday. The class includes ten freshmen, one transfer and two junior college players.


"It was great to finally get everyone together last night," Skole said. "We are extremely excited to have everyone back on campus. This incoming class of players will instantly make us better in all areas. I am very excited about all of their abilities, but more than anything I am excited of the quality of the people in this group. Our coaching staff is very eager to begin working with them."


The Bucs are scheduled to open fall practice on Sept. 11 at Cardinal Park, while the Blue Gold World Series will close out fall practices.


Derek Bushey, a right-handed pitcher from Richmond, Va., catcher Adam Church from Boone, N.C., infielder Jaime Crawford from Kingsport, Tenn., right-handed pitcher and infielder Kerry Doane from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., outfielder Michael Gonzalez from Jupiter, Fla., left-handed pitcher and outfielder Andrew Green from Powell, Tenn., right-handed pitcher Scott McNally from Marietta, Ga., utility player Derek Niesman from Wellington, Fla., infielder Alex Reynolds from Johnson City, Tenn., and right-handed pitcher Joseph Timp from Bristol, Va. make up the ten freshmen joining the team.


Joining the team from the junior college ranks are right-handed pitcher Ben Booker from Cleveland State Community College and left-handed pitcher Lee Hall from Lake Sumpter Community College. Also joining the team is transfer Adam Ray, a right-handed pitcher from Lee University.




The ETSU baseball team will be conducting open baseball tryouts for walk-on players Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at Cardinal Park.


Student-athletes interested in taking part in baseball tryouts must meet ALL of the following criteria:


1) Must be registered for at least 12 credit hours for the fall semester at the ETSU

2) Must be an NCAA qualifier*

3) Must stop by the baseball office at least one week before tryouts begin to complete appropriate paperwork


*To learn whether or not a prospective student-athlete is an NCAA qualifier, visit The clearinghouse process can sometimes take two weeks or longer to complete. Only qualifiers will be allowed to take the field for tryouts.


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2009-10 Baseball Newcomers


NAME                            Pos.                B/T          Cl.       Hometown/Previous School

Ben Booker                   RHP                R/R          Jr.       Knoxville, TN/Cleveland State CC

Derek Bushey              RHP                R/R          Fr.       Richmond, VA/St. Benedictine HS

Adam Church               C                    R/R          Fr.      Boone, NC/Watauga HS

Jaime Crawford           IF                     R/R          Fr.       Kingsport, TN/Dobyns-Bennett HS

Kerry Doane                 RHP/IF           R/R          Fr.       Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Nova HS

Michael Gonzalez       OF                   L/R          Fr.       Jupiter,FL/Jupiter HS

Andrew Green              OF/LHP          L/L          Fr.       Powell, TN/Powell HS

Lee Hall                         LHP                L/L          Jr.        Jacksonville, FL/Lake Sumpter CC

Scott McNally               RHP                R/R          Fr.       Marietta, GA/Harrison HS

Derek Niesman           UTL.               R/R          Fr.       Wellington, FL/American Heritage-Delray HS

Adam Ray                     RHP                 R/R         Sr.       Athens, TN/Lee University

Alex Reynolds              IF                      L/R         Fr.       Johnson City, TN/Boone HS

Joseph Timp                RHP                R/R          Fr.       Bristol, VA/John Battle HS