Diamond Notes: Dixie tourneys crank up; Greene on tear

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014

File photo/Associated Press Former Stratford standout Justin Smoak is now at Triple-A Tacoma.

A pair of Dixie Youth all-star tournaments began earlier this week.

On Monday, the DY Minors (9-10) were slated to begin an eight-team, double-elimination district event at Hanahan.

Parks Field, Ladson, Bonneau, Pepperhill, Carolina League, Moncks Corner, Hanahan and Park Circle were the squads vying for a spot in the state tournament. The tournament was scheduled through Saturday.

On Tuesday, the DY Majors (11-12) were to begin a seven-team, double-elimination district tournament at Wescott Park for the right to play in the state tournament. The tournament is slated to end on Friday.

Parks Field, Park Circle, Moncks Corner, Carolina League, Ladson, Hanahan and Pepperhill were to compete.

Both Dixie Youth state tournaments will be held at Freedom Florence in Florence beginning July 18.

Bobby Ison (Stratford and CSU) recently had his best day as a professional in the Arizona Rookie League.

Ison, a 21st round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in early June, was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and a RBI against the Oakland Athletics affiliate.

Hes played in seven games since turning pro and is batting .192 in 26 at-bats. His other highlight came on June 25 when he had a walk-off single in a 5-4 win over against the Cincinnati Reds affiliate.

Justin Greene (Stratford) continues to pound pitching for the York Revolution. Greene has played in 45 games for the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball franchise and has a league-high.383 batting average.

He has nine doubles, three triples and four home runs for the Revolution. Hes also stolen 13 bases and scored 38 runs.

The Revolution lead the Freedom Division with a 41-29 record and Greene should make the ALPB all-star game July 16 in Sugarland, Texas.

Injured Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (Stratford) was selected to his third MLB All-Star Game by the fans but will not participate after having season-ending surgery last month. He was hitting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBIs before the surgery.

He will be replaced by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez as the starter for the American League team.

The MLB All-Star Game is set for July 15.

First baseman Justin Smoak (Stratford) just came off the disabled list for the Seattle Mariners and was sent down to Triple-A.

Smoak was hitting .208 with seven homers for the Mariners.

As of Monday, he was batting .200 (11 of 55) for the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. He has three doubles, a home run and three RBIs in 15 games.

Ryan Gunther (Stratford) is back in professional baseball after an injury delayed his 2014 start to the season. Gunther, a 12th round pick of the Atlanta Braves last June, has made two appearances for the Gulf Coast League Braves on a rehab assignment.

Hes thrown two innings, allowed two hits and one earned run. Last summer, he was 0-2 with a 2.54 ERA for the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League.

Zach Wimmer (Cane Bay) and Ryan Manore (Hanahan) are pitchers for the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League.

Manore is 2-0 with a 6.88 ERA in eight relief appearances. Hes given up 17 hits in 17 innings pitched while striking out 13 batters and walking 11.

Wimmer has thrown 18 innings in 11 relief appearances and has a 3.50 ERA. Hes given up 14 hits and fanned 14 batters while walking 16.

Charleston Southern senior baseball player Chase Shelton earned a spot in the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game in Morehead City, N.C. on July 14. Shelton, an outfielder for the Columbia Blowfish, is batting .264 with three home runs and 19 RBI through 31 games.

The Columbia native was an honorable mention All-Big South selection this past year for CSU as the Bucs won 30 games for the first time in 14 years.

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