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Ex-Lake View Star Herlong Among RedWolves' Additions

Ex-Lake View Star Herlong Among RedWolves' Additions

The Florence RedWolves and first-year head coach Cory Brownsten announce the signing of Patrick Causa, Bryson Smith and Brent Herlong to the 2018 roster.

Causa is a junior infielder from Mount St. Mary's. He is a native of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.

"Patrick has been The Mount's everyday shortstop since he was a Freshman, I can already tell that he likes to grind," Brownsten said. "Patrick will see a lot of time spread throughout the infield this summer. The thing that I like most about him at the plate is that he doesn't like to go down, he puts the ball in play and makes the defense work to get him out."

In his first two seasons for The Mount, Causa combined to hit .254 with three home runs and 39 RBIs in 95 games. This season, he is batting .280 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 40 games.

"His numbers at the plate have gotten nothing but better as his career goes on," Brownsten said. "Really happy about having an older guy to play up the middle to take on the leadership role."

Smith is a sophomore infielder from the University of Texas. He is a native of Naples, Florida. In 40 games last season for Western Kentucky, Smith hit .271 with one home run and four RBIs.  

"Bryson is sitting out this year because he transferred from Western Kentucky to the University of Texas," Brownsten said. "Bryson will see time up the middle and at third base this summer.  As a Freshman at Western Kentucky, he played in 40 games and won the starting role at third base at the end of the season. Really excited to see him come out and get back into in game action this summer."

Herlong is a freshman right-handed pitcher from the Conference Carolinas champion, North Greenville University. He is a native of Dillion and is a graduate of Lake View High School.

"Very excited to see this young man come out of the pen for us," Brownsten said. "Brent has been nothing but dominant in his first collegiate year. He has been a big part of the staff for the top ranked North Greenville."

Herlong is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 15 appearances for the Crusaders this season. Opponents are batting just .118 against him over 22.2 innings pitched.

"Brent attacks hitters with his stuff, having few walks, lots of strikeouts and low batting average against," Brownsten said. "Ready to see Brent make that run in and get on that mound under the lights."

 

Host Families Needed

 

Host families are an important and much-appreciated part of the RedWolves organization. Local families have opened their homes to our players each summer, and their generosity has helped us make the RedWolves a successful part of the Florence community.

Host families provide room and board to a RedWolves player for the entire season. All RedWolves players are college student-athletes and are not paid to play in the Coastal Plain League per NCAA rules.

Becoming a host family can be a rewarding experience. Often players and families share a friendship that last long after the season ends. Also, becoming a host family will earn you FREE SEASON TICKETS!  

 

If you are interested in becoming a host family, please email RedWolves General Manager Barbara Osborne at [email protected] or call the RedWolves office at 843-629-0700.

 

RedWolves announce Summer Kids Baseball Camp dates

 

The RedWolves will hold their annual Summer Kids Baseball Camp on June 18th through June 21st, 2018. The camp allows kids ages 6 to 15 the unique opportunity to learn from their favorite RedWolves players and coaches on the same field as the RedWolves play.

Each day of camp will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Early drop off for working parents will be available starting at 7:30 am. The cost of the camp is $90 per camper.

Each camper will need to bring a glove, bat and cleats. Water will be present while camp is in session, and a trainer will be present at all times during camp.

To sign up for the Summer Kids Baseball Camp, please email Osborne at [email protected]or call the RedWolves office at 843-629-0700.