06/06/2006 3:34 PM
for immediate release: 6 June, 2006
Y-D Red Sox 2006 Season Preview
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. – During the upcoming season, members of the Y-D Red Sox will give new meaning to the phrase “double play.” With only one returning player, infielder Danny Lehmann (Rice), Y-D has filled its roster with several players who excel at not only one, but two positions on the field.
With its new crop of talent, the Sox, who finished last season fourth in the East Division (20-23-1), have the ability to move higher in the standings in 2006.
Pitcher Nolan Gallagher (Stanford), ranked #14 on Baseball America’s 2006 list of top collegiate athletes, is sure to provide stiff competition for opposing teams. Joining him on the mound are fellow right-handed hurlers Chance Corgan (Texas A&M), Terry Doyle (Boston College), and Josh Fields (Georgia). In addition, the team boasts a large amount of left-handers, including San Diego’s Nate Boman, who was invited to play for the USA Baseball National Team in 2005. Other left-handed aces for the Sox include Evan Crawford (Auburn), Donnie Hume (Long Beach State), and Matt Meyer (Boston College).
Some players will be allocating their time between pitching and fielding. They include Luke Greinke (Auburn), Jordan Pacheco (New Mexico), and Buster Posey, who will both pitch and play infield. Greinke and Pacheco’s left-handed counterparts Sean Ratliff (Stanford), Josh Romanaski (San Diego), Luke Summer (San Francisco), and Steven Strausburgh (Western Carolina) will give strength to the pitching staff and the outfield.
Other outfielders include Stanford’s Michael Taylor and Rice’s Tyler Henley. Rounding out the infield are Gordan Beckham (Georgia), Mike Bianucci (Auburn), Justin Baum (Pacific), Luis Flores (Houston), and Brad Emaus (Tulane).
Returning for his ninth season with the Y-D Red Sox is field manager Scott Pickler of Cypress College. He is one of the nation's top junior college coaches and has the prestigious distinction of being named "National Coach of the Year" three times. Pickler led the Sox to a championship in 2004, and with this season’s talent, he is capable of capturing another title.
The Red Sox begin their season against the Hyannis Mets at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at McKeon Park in Hyannis. Their home opener is Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. against Chatham. Y-D will also host the CCBL All Star Game on Saturday, July 29.
Courtney Reilly, CCBL Intern [email protected]