FLORENCE, S.C. – Nearly a third of the Francis Marion University baseball team is remaining active on the diamond during the 2005 summer, playing in a handful of leagues along the East Coast.
Shortstop Jason Weaver (Lake City, SC) and catcher Nick Richardson (West Chicago, IL) are full-time members of the Florence RedWolves of the Coastal Plain League, while catcher-designated hitter Michael Ward (Florence, SC) and outfielder Stan Markle (Manning ,SC) are temporary members of the RedWolves roster.
Outfielder Justin Greene (Goose Creek, SC) is playing with the Hornell Dodgers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. FMU assistant coach Robbie Wilson is coaching the Allegany Country Nitros of the NYCBL. The NYCBL is a 12-team wooden bat summer league sanctioned by the NCAA and partially funded by Major League Baseball that consists of a 42-game regular-season schedule beginning in June.
Over the past three summers, FMU has sent three players – Luke Ogletree (2004), Quentin Davis (2003), and Erin Jones (2002) – to play for the league’s Amsterdam Mohawks.
Lefty pitcher Lee Tabor (Manning, SC) is a member of the New Market Rebels, a squad in the 10-team Valley Baseball League. The VBL, based in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, is a wooden bat league and features a 44-game summer schedule.
Four FMU players are also playing in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League: right-handed pitcher Dylan Owen (Cheraw, SC) and southpaw Michael Williams (Arnold, MD) are playing for the Rock Hill Sox, while right-handed pitcher Dusty Floyd (Mullins, SC) is a member of the Davidson Copperheads and redshirt freshman outfielder and left-handed pitcher Marques Kyles (Spartanburg, SC) is playing for the Spartanburg Crickets. The SCBL is a wooden bat league with 12 teams in the Carolinas and Eastern Tennessee, and its schedule consists of at least 38 games beginning in early June.
FMU outfielder Owen Brittle (Sumter, SC) is currently playing his fifth year for the Sumter P-15’s American Legion squad.