FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Francis Marion University baseball players recently earned All-Star honors in their respective summer collegiate leagues.
Patriot outfielder Justin Greene (Goose Creek, S.C.) played in the July 10 New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. Francis Marion left-handed pitcher Lee Tabor (Manning, S.C.) and Patriot signee Kori Wade both participated in the Valley Baseball League All-Star Game on July 10 in Winchester, Va., with Wade being named the Southern Division’s most valuable player for the contest.
Greene is a member of the Hornell (N.Y.) Dodgers. He is second on the Dodgers with a .394 batting average and leads his squad with a .512 on-base percentage. He has compiled six extra-base hits, driven in 12 runs, scored 17 runs, and stolen 17 bases in 21 attempts, while helping lead Hornell to a 20-8 record and first place in the NYCBL’s West Division.
Greene, a product of Stratford High School, batted .319 as a freshman this past spring for FMU.
Hornell holds a two-game lead over the Allegany Country Nitros, who are managed by FMU assistant coach Robbie Wilson. 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.
Tabor is a member of the New Market Rebels and is tied for the VBL’s lead in wins with a 4-2 mark, while posting a 2.83 earned run average and fanning 44 batters in only 41.1 innings. Opponents are batting only .219 against the southpaw from Manning High School.
As a sophomore this past spring, Tabor was 9-4 with a 2.47 ERA for the Patriots.
Wade plays for the Staunton Braves and owns a 2-1 record with a 5.45 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 33 innings. A 6-2, 195-pound righty from Easton, Md., Wade recently signed with the Patriot program. He will transfer from Baltimore City Community College and have two years of eligibility.
New Market (20-12 record) and Staunton (17-14) occupy second place in the Northern and Southern Divisions respectively of the VBL. The 10-team VBL, based in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, is a wooden bat league and features a 44-game summer schedule.
Last week, it was announced that FMU righthander Dylan Owen had been selected to play in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League’s All-Star Game, July 14 in Spartanburg.
Francis Marion compiled a 34-16-1 record this past season, finishing with a No. 14 national ranking and earning a spot in the NCAA Division II national tournament.