FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent to attend FMU and play for the Patriots in 2005: infielder Will Gary of Greenwood, S.C., third baseman Ryan Kemerer of New Brighton, Pa., outfielder Dan Mattonelli of Hamilton, N.J., shortstop Kellen Shepard of Bloomfield, N.Y., left-handed pitcher Mike Williams of Arnold, Md., and catcher Chad Worsell of Trumansburg, N.Y.
Gary, 6-2 and 175 pounds, is a graduate of Emerald High School, where he played for coaches Chad Evans and Jamie Childress.
As a senior, he batted .455 with 30 runs scored, 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts, four home runs, and a school-record 39 runs batted in, while leading Emerald to the Region 3-AA title. On the pitching mound, he posted a 4-3 mark in 11 appearances with a 4.10 earned run average and 89 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. He earned All-State and All-Region honors and was selected to play in the 2004 North-South All-Star Game. He leaves Emerald owning career marks for hits, RBIs, and fielding assists. In one pitching performance, he struck out a school-record 16 batters.
Kemerer, 5-8 and 170 pounds, is a product of Freedom Area High School, where he played for coach Steve Wetzel.
This past season, he hit .424 and was selected to play in the inaugural WPIAL Coaches Association Class AA All-Star game. A four-year letterman, he was a first-team All-Section honoree in 2003. He also played for the Unionville American Legion squad.
Mattonelli, 5-8 and 170, is a graduate of Steinert High School, where he played under the direction of head coach Brian Giallella.
As a senior, the left-hander earned second-team All-State honors after rapping out a school-record 46 hits for a .479 average with three home runs. He helped Steinert to a 27-5 record and a spot in the state championship game. He was named the Colonial Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2003 after hitting .485 with 42 runs scored and 31 RBIs. He also helped the Hamilton Post 31 legion squad to a 27-7 record and a third-place finish in the 2004 state tournament.
Shepard, 5-10 and 165 pounds, is a product of Bloomfield Central High School, where he played for coach Mark Jacobs.
This past spring, he led the Bombers to the Finger Lakes West league championship, while batting over .400 and leading his team in RBIs. He also won his first six pitching decisions while registering an ERA under 1.00 with nearly two strikeouts for every inning pitched. He was named to the fourth-team All-State squad in 2004 and was a five-time first-team All-League selection.
Williams, 6-6 and 200 pounds, is a graduate of Broadneck High, where he played for coach Gary Gubbings.
As a senior, he registered a 5-2 record with a 2.98 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. Opponents batted only .193 against him, and he walked only 16 batters. He was chosen to play in the MSABC All-Star Game, in addition to earning All-Anne Arundel County honors.
Worsell, 6-0 and 180 pounds, was a three-sport athlete playing for the Trumansburg Central School District, while attending Charles O. Dickerson High School. On the baseball diamond, he earned IAC first-team All-Star honors in 2003.
Francis Marion finished the 2004 campaign with a 29-17 record, a season-ending six-game winning streak, and a fifth-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference standings.
FMU previously announced the addition of eight newcomers for the 2005 campaign.