ETSU baseball begins fall practices
From left to right: Hagen Owenby, Chris Cook, Jeremy Taylor, and Kevin Phillips
ETSU baseball begins fall practices
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2015) – The ETSU baseball team has started their fall workouts last week and will continue to practice until October 11.

The Bucs have started off in full force by finishing their first full week of practices and inner-squad scrimmages to prepare for the 2016 campaign. ETSU will host inner-squad games tentatively every weekend at Thomas Stadium till the conclusion of fall practice. The highlight of the fall season will be the BLUE / GOLD World Series on October 9-11. The Bucs will also travel to Boone, N.C. on October 2 to play Appalachian State. Game time for the ASU game has yet to be announced.

“This is such a great time of the year. We have had a great start to our fall season,” said head coach Tony Skole. “The next four weeks will be instrumental for our program as we hope to continue to develop as a program and as individuals”

This weekend, September 18-20, the times of the inner-squad games have been announced and are as followed: September 18 at 3:15 p.m., September 19 at 9:15 a.m., and September 20 at 1 p.m. All fall inner-squad games are free and open to the public to come watch. Times for other weekend games will be announced accordingly.

For September 18, eight different pitchers will throw from the mound. Blake Smith (Ninety Six, S.C.), Ryan Simpler (Lewes, De.), Jamin McCann (Kingsport, Tenn.), Lee Haeberle (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Daniel Sweeney (Johnson City, Tenn.), Logan Gentry (Kingsport, Tenn.), Chris Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.), and Connor Bartow (Jonesborough, Tenn.) are going to get at least an inning of work Friday.

East Tennessee State brings back 26 players and 13 newcomers into the program. Coach Skole has added eight community college transfers with four pitchers, two infielders, and two outfielders. Of the incoming freshman, two are pitchers, two infielders, and one outfielder.

The Buccaneers are bringing back power players with a lot of experience. Senior infielder, Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.), is coming off an outstanding junior campaign where he led the team and the conference in several offensive categories. Infielders Cook and Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) along with catcher Hagen Owenby (Powell, Tenn.) and outfielder Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) return in hopes to continue their success in the middle of the lineup. The Bucs are returning four of the top five pitchers from last season in innings pitched as well.

“I have been very pleased with the mesh between our returning players and our new players,” Skole said. “Our coaching staff is excited about the experience we have returning on our ball club, and I’m equally as excited about the talent of our new players.”

Coach Skole also announced this offseason the addition two assistant coaches. Hitting and catching coach Aaron Gershenfeld comes from The Citadel where he coached the Bulldogs to improve in all categories of hitting last season. Zach Lucas, a former All-American at the University Of Louisville, also joins the Bucs staff as an assistant coach and will work primarily with the outfielders and hitters.

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