Updated April 11 2017
Moving into the second week of April, the NCAA Tournament (Congratulations Lady Gamecocks!) and The Masters (Finally, Sergio!) have concluded. With the first pitch of the 2017 Coastal Plain League season just 50 days from being thrown, the anticipation escalates dramatically.
It has been officially announced that the Florence RedWolves and head coach Travis Graves have signed two players from Mississippi schools, Alex Nelms from the University of Southern Mississippi and Clay Casey out of Delta State University.
Alex Nelms will be joining the RedWolves this upcoming summer as a highly-touted right-handed pitcher. A freshman with the Golden Eagles, Nelms has worked his way into a reliever’s role. The 6-3, 200-pound righty is very high on USM’s pitching coach Mike Federico’s list, and thinks he will play a big role on the mound for Southern Miss in the future. “Alex is a guy that controls the zone and can throw three pitches for strikes at any time,” head coach Graves said.
In his senior year at Gulfport High School, the Gulfport, Mississippi native went (6-2) with an almost invincible, 0.36 ERA, striking out 63 and walking just 11 in 59.0 innings of work. Though his first six appearances of the season, Nelms (1-0, 3.72) has allowed four runs on seven hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts in 9.2 innings. Graves mentioned, “Alex will start for us and work some in relief as well throughout the summer.”
Joining Nelms, Clay Casey will be suiting up with the RedWolves in 2017 as well. Casey is a transfer junior playing his first season with the Delta State Statesmen. A Melbourne, Florida native, Casey was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals.
Casey first attended Northwest Community College in Mississippi, before joining the Houston Cougars his sophomore season. While in Houston, Casey appeared in 41 games with 28 starts in 2016. Standing sturdy at 6-2, 220-pounds, the right-handed batter hit .226 with five home runs, which was tied for second-most on the team.
“Clay is a guy that can hit for power and really play the outfield,” Graves said. Since transferring to Delta State, Casey has started in all 33 games, holding a .336 / .411 / .609 slash line with 30 RBI, 34 runs, 11 doubles, and 8 home runs. Graves stated, “He will be an everyday outfielder for us and contribute in the middle of the lineup.”
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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YES! You read that correctly! We will buy your dinner for four games, you can eat all you want, PLUS you will see three firework shows, have a guaranteed ticket to the July 3rd game, receive a RedWolves drawstring bag, and have a chance to WIN $10,000!!! This deal is perfect for the hungry fan that doesn’t only have the appetite for RedWolves baseball, but all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers and chips, along with soda and water. The four game All You Can Eat & More package is priced at a total of $45!
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.
Being a host family can be very rewarding. For one, becoming a host family will earn you
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If you are interested in becoming a host family with the RedWolves, please e-mail Barbara, Barbara@florenceredwolves.com, or call the RedWolves’ office at 843-629-0700 and we will answer any questions you may have!
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 visiting Florenceredwolves.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.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 106 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.Contact: