Messenger Sports Briefs for June 9

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 9
Briefly Greyhounds drop pair vs. upstart Bobcats The Union City Greyhounds may not be among those in the Kitty League ready to welcome the Marion Bobcats into the fold. The Bobcats, in their first season in the league, took two out of three games from UC over the weekend. On Friday, the Greyhounds mustered just one run in a 6-1 loss. UC then downed Marion 9-6 Saturday evening before dropping the rubber game 8-7 Sunday evening. The Greyhounds (4-6) will play closer to home the next two evenings. UC opens a two-game set with the arch-rival Fulton Railroaders (weather permitting) tonight at 7:05. In Friday’s loss, Ace Williams led off the game with a hit for the Greyhounds and he eventually scored, thanks to an error on a ball put into play by Trey Horn. On Saturday, UC’s bats clicked, with the team pounding out a total of 15 hits. Ryan O’Gara finished 3-for-4, with Cam Strang also 3-for-5 during the triumph. O’Gara and Strang were joined by Trey Horn, Justin Miller, Tyler Acker and Jon Ivie on the list of Greyhounds with a run batted in during the triumph. No stats were made available from Sunday’s game by the league’s Web site or either the Marion or Union City team Web sites. Skyhawks’ Patterson makes OVC frosh cut UT Martin first baseman and pitcher Wes Patterson of Memphis was one of three Ohio Valley Conference players named to the 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team as determined by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The two other players were Jacksonville State outfielder Todd Cunningham and Eastern Kentucky third baseman Jayson Langfels. In 37 games, Patterson, a member of the All-OVC Freshman Team, hit .297 with 35 hits, 21 runs, six doubles, 10 home runs and 29 RBI. He slugged a team-best .602 and had a .351 on-base percentage. As a pitcher he appeared in 17 games (starting three) and had four saves and 20 strikeouts in 36.2 innings of work. Cunningham was named OVC Rookie of the Year after hitting .340 with 73 hits, 65 runs, 16 doubles, three triples, a home run and 29 RBI in 57 games. He had a .456 slugging and .460 on-base percentage and was 6-for-7 in stolen base attempts. Langfels, a member of the All-OVC Freshman Team, hit .304 with 56 hits and 37 RBI in 53 games. Jewish sports HOF opens doors to Pearl Bruce Pearl, along with eight others, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Sunday morning at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N.Y. “It is a great honor to be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame,” said Pearl. “To be included in a class that features Olympic gold medalists, pro football hall of famers and award-winning journalists is very humbling for me.” In three seasons at Tennessee, Pearl has led the Vols to an average of 25.6 wins per year, two Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles, an overall SEC championship, the school’s first No. 1 national ranking, a school record 31 wins and back-to-back appearances in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Joining Pearl in the 16th annual class are Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, sportswriter/ESPN personality Tony Kornheiser, pro football Hall of Fame member Ron Mix, Olympic swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, broadcaster Sam Rosen, 1940s St. John’s basketball player Hy Gotkin and Olympic fencing judge Daniel Bukantz.

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