JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 25, 2008) - ETSU head baseball coach Tony Skole announced the signing of four players to the 2009-10 Buccaneer class on Tuesday.
"Our recruiting class for 2010 is outstanding and we're particularly pleased that we successfully addressed our needs with exceptional players and exceptional young men," Skole said. "This was a very important class because we have very high expectations of the current sophomore and freshman classes in our program. It was vitally important that we backed up those classes with a group of young men who are very talented but also very tough competitors. Coach (Clay) Greene and Coach (Reid) Casey are to be commended for the outstanding job they did assembling this class. This group possesses all the qualities we are looking for, not only on the field, but off it as well. Each of these individuals will play an important role in the future success of our program, and they are players that will make the ETSU family proud. We look forward to working with them to continue to raise the level of our program. I feel like this class has a chance to be one of the best ever. We look forward with great anticipation to their arrival on campus in the fall of 2009."
"Our initial emphasis was on pitching and we feel like we hit the jackpot on these four young men," Skole added. "We anticipate all four of these young men being able to pitch for us at a high level as soon as they step on campus."
The 2009-10 Class includes Kerry Doane (Davie, Fla.), Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.), Scott McNally (Acworth, Ga.), and Ben Booker (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Doane, a 6-foot, 165-pound, right-handed pitcher and middle infielder comes from Nova High School where he played with current Buccaneer Josh Gonzaga for coach Pat McQuaid. He was a member of the 2007 Florida State Championship team in class 5A. As a junior, Doane was named Second-Team All-County and hit .371 while striking out 31 with a 1.68 ERA.
"Kerry is a tremendous athlete," Skole said. "He's a two way guy for us. He is an outstanding infielder and also a very good pitcher. He can really defend and runs very well. On the mound we had him up to 91 mph last month. We think Kerry is going to be a tremendous player. Pound for pound Kerry could be as good as any other guy in the country. He had an opportunity to go a lot of places but we feel lucky to have him in our program. He comes to us from one of the top high school programs in the country, coached by Pat McQuaid."
Green, a 6-foot, 170-pound, outfielder and left-handed pitcher from Powell High School played for coach Jeff Inmon. As a leadoff hitter, Green hit .446 with 18 doubles, four triples, three homers and 26 RBIs his junior season. He was named to the All-Region Team as well the team MVP. Green also earned All-Tournament Team honors, and was named to the All-State Super Sophomore team in 2007. In 2006, Green was named the Runner-Up for the National Youth Baseball Player of the Year award. Green also received Travel Ball Select All-American honors in 2004 and 2005.
"Andrew is one of the best players in the state of Tennessee," Skole said. "As an outfielder and left-handed pitcher, we look forward to watching him play at ETSU in the near future. Andrew is a left handed hitter that can really hit and is also going to steal some bases for us as well. Andrew's make up is phenomenal. He is a fierce competitor who loves to play the game. His ability to pitch is such a luxury. Andrew is a legitimate pitcher/hitter talent, who will make an immediate impact."
McNally, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound, right-handed pitcher from Harrison High School played for Mark Elkins. The two-sport athlete had a 5-1 record as a junior with a 1.71 ERA in 45.0 innings pitched. McNally also recorded two saves for the Hoyas. In 2007, McNally was named to the Under Armour Top Tools Team and the Perfect Game Top Team. McNally plays summer ball for the East Cobb Astros, and was named to the Sandlot World Series 16U All-Tournament Team.
"Scott is one of the top high school pitchers in the Atlanta area," Skole said, "He comes from one of the top high school programs (Harrison HS) in the state, coached by Mark Elkins. Scott's pitch ability is outstanding. He is a strong-armed right-handed pitcher with a very good breaking ball. Scott is very athletic and will only continue to get stronger as his college career progresses. Scott is very capable of playing a major role in our pitching staff next year. He's a kid who flat-out understands how to pitch. Coach Casey saw him pitch a lot this summer and he left impressed every time."
The last signee is Booker, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, right-handed pitcher from Cleveland State Community College where he played for coach Mike Policastro. Booker was 2-0 in his freshman year at Cleveland State with a 5.25 ERA in 32.0 innings. The Knoxville native had 34 strikeouts and earned six saves, while leading the TJCCAA in both saves and appearances. Booker was also fourth in the nation in appearances with 26. In 2007, Booker earned All-District Honorable Mention as a senior at Central High School.
"Ben is one of the premier junior college pitchers in Tennessee and will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on our pitching staff," Skole said. "He is pretty close to being the full package in terms of stuff and command. Ben will add some experience to our staff. He continues to get better and better every year. We are excited to add Ben and his family to the ETSU family and look forward to his arrival on campus next fall."
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