SEMO Baseball team begins preparation for 2011 season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (SEMO) - As the 2010 Southeast Missouri State baseball season fades into the past, the preparation for the 2011 season has heated up for 14 Redhawk players. These statistics are as of July 6, 2010.

Six Redhawks are competing in the Prospect League, which features 15 teams from the Midwest that play a 56-game schedule. Outfielder Cole Bieser (St. Louis, Mo.) and catcher Jesse Tierney (St. Louis, Mo.) play for the Danville Dans, who are in 1st place in the Central Division.

Bieser, who will be a sophomore in the fall, leads the Dans in runs scored with 18, which is also 4th best in the league. He has a .284 batting average through 81 at-bats, and has hit three doubles, a triple, and has stolen ten bases. Through his first ten games of the season, Bieser posted 19 hits in 45 at-bats, including a 4-5 performance.

Cole Bieser slides safely into second base in a recent Prospect League game for the Danville Dans.

Tierney, who started in 17 games this season for the Redhawks, was selected to play in the Prospect League All-Star Game after posting the leagues 7th best batting average with 28 hits in 84 at-bats. He has knocked in 11 RBI, and has four doubles and a triple. Through his last five games, Tierney is 9-22 at the dish, with a double, triple, while driving in three runs.

First team All-Conference selection Casey Jones (Oakville, Mo.), and catcher Tim Rupp (Florissant, Mo.) are trying to de-throne the Dans, as they play for conference foe Richmond RiverRats.

Jones, who hit .398 with ten home runs and 66 RBI in the spring, is hitting .281 for the RiverRats with five doubles, a triple, and has 12 RBI and runs scored. In his last three games, Jones has been hot, hitting 6-14 with five RBI, 1 double, a triple, and crossed home plate four times. He has also had at least one hit in nine of his last ten games, including two 3-hit performances.

Rupp, who was an everyday starter and led the Redhawks with sacrifice flies and bunts, has a team-high 16 runs scored for Richmond. He has one of the team's five big flies, and is only seven RBI away from the Prospect League leader, as he has driven in 16 runs.

The West Division of the Prospect League hosts two Redhawk players, Jon Dicus (Rochelle, Ill.) and Kenton Parmley (Goreville, Ill.), who play for the DeKalb County Liners.

Dicus pitched 30 innings in the spring, and owned a 9.00 earned run average. He currently leads the Liners in innings pitched with 32.2, which is also the 5th most in the Prospect League. Only four other pitchers in the league are holding opponents to a lower batting average than Dicus' .232 average, which correlates to his 3.31 earned run average.

Parmley is hitting .288 for the Liners through 80 at-bats. He has two of the teams seven long balls, and has five doubles, a triple, and has swiped five bags. His .450 slugging percentage stands 9th best in the Prospect League. In his last 10 games, Parmley has a 4-hit performance, two 3-hit games, and four of his five doubles have come during this stretch.

The New York Collegiate Baseball League hosts Redhawk pitcher, Shae Simmons (Scott City, Mo.)

Simmons had a team-high 25 appearances on the mound as a true freshman for Coach Hogan and the Redhawks. Through nine appearances for the Watertown Wizards, he has boasted a 0.66 earned run average, and has struck out 24 batters in 13.2 innings. Opponents are hitting a dismal .111 against Simmons. He earned his first win in his first appearance of the season on June 10, striking out seven batters through the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings without allowing a run.

Outfielder Blake Slattery (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) is playing for the Westhampton Aviators in the Hamptons League in New York. In 57 at-bats, Slattery is hitting .246. He had a five game stretch from June 22-30, where he had 7 hits in 15 at-bats with three RBI, two doubles, two runs scored, and three stolen bases.

Nick Thomas (Plano, Tx.) plays for the McKinney Marshals in the Texas College League. He owns a 2.31 earned run average through 23.0 innings, while striking out 14 batters. After four starts, he holds a 2-1 record and opponents are hitting just .214 against him.

The 10th best earned run average in the Coastal Plains league is held by Gastonia Grizzlies and Southeast Missouri State University's Jordan Underwood (Edmond, Okla.) In 31.0 innings of work, Underwood has allowed only five opponents to cross home plate, and has set down 20 batters on strikes. Through five starts, he has a 3-1 record while holding opponents to a .223 batting average.

Four players are playing on their home field for the Capahas, who clinched a berth in the NBC World Series this past weekend.

Brad LaBruyere (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) has compiled a 2.56 ERA through 49.1 innings. He has started five games, and pitched in relief in three other games. His record stands at 5-2, with 36 strikeouts, 14 walks, and has given up 40 hits. He pitched a complete game, 3-hitter against the St. Louis Printers in the semifinal of the NBC Regional game at Capaha Park, this weekend. The Capahas won 4-0 behind LaBruyere, who struck out eight batters, and only allowed two walks, while picking up the shutout.

Jacob Wente (Steeleville, Ill.) carries a 6.38 ERA with an 0-3 record in 14.1 innings. He has struck out six batters, and given up 15 hits.

Kirk Boeller (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) has struck out nine batters, and given up 11 hits in 12.1 innings. He holds a 0-1 record with one start, and four relief appearances.

Kody Campbell (Oran, Mo.) has missed much of the season due to injury, but has started in the last six games, hitting .347 in 23 at-bats, with two doubles, has driven in five runs, while drawing five walks. He was named most valuable player during this past weekends NBC Regional Tournament.

Recent Redhawk graduate and Major League Draftee Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo.) has begun his trip through the minor leagues. He plays for the Class A-Short Season Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League. Although he is only hitting .250 through nine games, he has had a hit in seven of those games, highlighted by a 1-3 performance with an RBI and one base on balls in his opening weeks of professional ball.

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