RedWolves take Command with Gamecock and Colonel
FLORENCE, S.C.- Spring has sprung in Florence and it is a beautiful thing. Not only are the temperatures getting warmer and everything becoming greener (or yellow), but also the 2017 Florence RedWolves roster is filling up with incredible intensity.
The RedWolves have officially announced the signing of two players from nationally known collegiate baseball programs. Florence has tabbed both Joey Polak and Jack Piekos for the upcoming summer.
Joey Polak will spend his summer with the RedWolves coming from the two-time National Champions, the University of South Carolina. Polak is a freshman with the Gamecocks, coming in at 6-2, 220 pounds as a corner infielder. “Joey is a guy coach Esposito is very high on,” said Florence head coach Travis Graves.
Coming out of Quincy Notre Dame High School, Polak was rated the fifth best high school third baseman in the nation by Perfect Game. Additionally the Illinois native was ranked the sixth best high school player in the state of Illinois by Baseball America.
Polak played in the Prospect Collegiate League in 2016 where he earned All-Star honors and hit .297 with 8 home runs and 26 RBI for the Gems. Graves said, “he is a good first baseman with good power, who can hit in the middle of our lineup.”
Athleticism runs in the Polak family as Joey’s sister, Jennie, is the starting first baseman for the Francis Marion University softball team, and his father, Rich, played at UCF and spent six years in the New York Yankees organization.
Joining Polak will be the strong left-handed pitcher in Jack Piekos. Piekos is a 6-2, 190-pound junior from Blue Point, New York. 2017 marks his first season with Eastern Kentucky after spending a season at the University of Maryland and at Florida Southwestern State College.
As a sophomore at FSSC, Piekos held a 3-4 record with a 4.76 ERA in 75.2 innings pitched, collecting 59 strikeouts. “Coming from the Colonels, Jack will be a starter for us this summer,” mentioned the RedWolves Skipper.
Through five games with Eastern Kentucky in 2017, Piekos holds a 3-2 record with a 2.67 ERA in 30.1 innings of work. The lefty has given up 11 runs (9 earned) on 18 hits, collected 32 strikeouts and issued 6 walks. Coach Graves added, “He is a guy that has three quality pitches and can command the strike zone.”
The Florence RedWolves get their 2017 campaign underway May 30th, traveling to take on the Wilmington Sharks before returning home the following night, Wednesday, May 31st, to battle the Lexington County Blowfish. It will be our Home Opening Night and Magnet Schedule Giveaway, where the first 750 fans will receive a RedWolves magnet schedule courtesy of Carolina’s Hospital Systems.
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Host families are a crucial, much-appreciated part of RedWolves baseball. Each summer, local families open their homes to our players and their generosity has helped us make the RedWolves a part of the Florence community for 18 years. Being a host family is a great opportunity for your family to connect with a college player while being part of the larger RedWolves family.
Host families provide room and board for a college player from the end of May through mid-August each year. All RedWolves players are student-athletes and are not paid to play in the Coastal Plain League. They come to Florence to further develop their skills and to catch the eyes of professional league scouts.
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RedWolves Announce 2017 Summer Kids Baseball Camp Dates
Put it on your schedules, 2017 Summer Kids Baseball Camp will be a hit
The Florence RedWolves are pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Kids Baseball Camp dates have been released. Camp will be held from Monday, June 19th, through Thursday, June 22nd, 2017.
Each day of camp will run from 9:00am - 12:30pm, and the cost is $85.00 per player. Campers will need to bring their glove, bat, cleats, and a water bottle. Drinks will be readily available for $1 and water will be present while camp is in session.
With a new coaching staff and new players for the 2017 season, kids ages 6-15 will have a unique opportunity to practice and learn from today’s college baseball stars and their championship winning coaches.
The 2017 Summer Kids Baseball Camp will be conducted at Sparrow Stadium on the campus of Francis Marion University, in conjunction with McLeod Sports Medicine. Campers should come dressed appropriately, well rested, hydrated and ready for great instruction.
RedWolves General Manager Barbara Osborne said, “I’m excited for another year of Kids Baseball Camp. It really gives a great learning environment that is a grand slam of fun for the kids.”
Campers will be conducting drills on field, in the bullpens and in the batting cages practicing like the big guys do. “When the kids come off the field they feel like All-Stars. The RedWolves take great pride in that,” Osborne stated.
2017 Kids Baseball Camp waiver forms can be found by visitingFlorenceredwolves.com under the ‘Schedule’ tab, listed as 2017 Kids Camp. Payment must be sent with form, with checks made out to the Florence RedWolves Baseball, RedWolves Baseball PO Box 809 Florence, SC 29503.
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