Baseball finishes second weekend of scrimmages
Baseball finishes second weekend of scrimmages
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2015) – The East Tennessee State baseball team wrapped up their second week of scrimmages this past weekend. The team has had some players stand out during this fall practice season.

The Bucs continue to have a strong offense as the team consistently hit the ball hard while scoring runners. Some standout offensive statistics from this past weekend:

  • Caleb Longley (Cleveland, Tenn.) hit a home run and is hitting a 0.471 batting average with a 0.591 on-base percentage and a 0.647 slugging percentage.
  • Trey York (Knoxville, Tenn.) has hit 0.368 this fall and is leading the team in stolen bases. He has not been caught stealing either.
  • Kevin Phillips (St. Louis, Mo.) is batting 0.350 in the fall scrimmages and is tied for first on the team in doubles. He is currently leading the team in RBIs.
  • Hagen Owenby (Powell, Tenn.) also hit a home run this weekend. He has consistently made solid contact with his at bats and leads the team in quality at bat with 76 percent.
  • Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.) has hit a 0.313 batting average this fall. Rowlett is tied with Phillips in doubles, and he had been able to get on base consistently with his low strikeout to walk ratio.

“Last week we had a great week of practice, and the momentum of our execution in practice last week carried over into our weekend scrimmages, said head coach Tony Skole.  “I was very pleased at our level of play and the competitive spirit we displayed.”

ETSU has seen positive upside on the mound with many different pitchers being able to pitch several innings this past weekend. Most pitchers were able to get three innings of work this past weekend, and the defense has been efficient with fielding. There were some statistical standouts this past weekend:

  • Russell Koesters (Kingsport, Tenn) tossed three innings with just two hits allowed. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.
  • Caleb Cook (Kingsport, Tenn.) allowed just one hit this weekend in three frames. He led the team in strikeouts with four while not walking a batter.
  • Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) was strong on the bump as he went three innings with just a hit. He finished with one strikeout and one walk during this past weekend.
  • Blake Smith (Ninety Six, S.C.) went three innings and allowed just a run. He surrendered two hits while striking out two batters.
  • Chris Cook and York have played outstanding defense in the middle infield as they have both been error free. The duo leads the team in defensive stats this fall.

“Our success in the early part of our fall season is directly related to the hard work and effort of the assistant coaches,” Skole said. “They have been phenomenal during these first few weeks of our fall season, and the impact they are having on our players has been very positive. I’m excited for the challenges that we will face this week and our goal is continuous improvement throughout the weekend.”

This weekend’s scrimmage schedule is as followed:

  • Friday, September 25 at 4 p.m. at Thomas Stadium
  • Sunday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at Thomas Stadium
  • Monday, September 28 at 6 p.m. at Thomas Stadium

As always, every fall scrimmage is open and free to the general public to come and watch Buccaneer baseball.

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