Updated February 27 2017
As the springtime approaches, the weather has continually been getting hotter, and so has the 2017 roster for the Florence RedWolves. The team has announced the addition of two more players for the upcoming Coastal Plain League season; National Champion Kevin Woodall from Coastal Carolina University, and Southern Mississippi’s, Storme Cooper.
Kevin Woodall comes to Florence after performing spectacularly in the postseason with the Chanticleers. The six-foot-five, 240-pound first baseman brings a big body and bigger game to the RedWolves this summer. “Kevin was a top-five prospect in the Great Lakes League last summer and will be a guy that will contribute to the middle of our lineup,” Head Coach Travis Graves said.
In his sophomore season (2016), Woodall played in 66 games with 18 starts, including 12 of Coastal’s 14 games in the NCAA postseason. During the regular season Kevin tallied a .207 / .333 / .326 slash line with 19 hits, 17 RBI, and 15 runs scored. In the 2016 Regional, the Georgetown, SC native batted .333 with an RBI.
Thus far through the 2017 season, Woodall has started and appeared in eight games for the teal and gold, accounting for a .273 average with 11 RBI, nine runs scored and five home runs. Coach Graves commented, “He’s a big kid and should be an everyday starter for Coastal this spring. He will be a good middle of the lineup hitter and be a great addition defensively at first base.”
Joining Woodall this summer is Southern Mississippi’s, Storme Cooper. Cooper stands in at 5-10, 185 pounds out of Wentzville, Missouri. The sophomore Golden Eagle will be adding to the RedWolves’ middle infield this summer. “He can play anywhere on the infield, but primarily shortstop and second base,” said Graves.
In Cooper’s freshman year at Southern Miss he started 41 of 57 games, playing all of them at the second base position. While hitting .235 with 26 runs scored and 25 RBI his first season, the infielder also recorded a .980 fielding percentage. Storme drove in what proved to be the winning run in the Conference USA Championship Game with a walk off single in the ninth inning.
Storme is accustomed to baseball in his family, as his dad, uncle, and brother all have played collegiate baseball. His uncle, Scott Copper, played in the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox organizations.
The RedWolves skipper said Cooper is a, “slick fielder with great hands and good feet. He has gap-to-gap power and will be a great leadoff hitter for us and an asset as a defender with lots of range.”
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.
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
FREE SEASON TICKETS!
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
FLORENCE, S.C.- 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 todays 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.
—RedWolves—The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 20th season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 94 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: