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RedWolves add local standout and two Sycamores

Jake Swartz (courtesy of Duke)
Jake Swartz (courtesy of Duke)

The Florence RedWolves and first-year head coach Ryan Vruggink announce the addition of Jake Swartz, Mitch Barrow and Spencer Wiskus to the 2019 roster.


Swartz is a freshman outfielder from Duke. He is a native of Florence and a graduate of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. 


"Jake is another local kid that I am really excited to have on the team for this summer," Vruggink said. "Jake was a big-time recruit for the Blue Devils last year and someone that is going to bring a lot of tools to the table this summer. Jake is a type of guy that is going to handle the bat well and be a strong outfielder for us."


Barrow is a junior first basemen from Indiana State. He is a native of Washington, Missouri. This season for the Sycamores, Barrow has played in two games batting .167 with one RBI.  


"Mitch is a guy who I am very familiar with as he spent his first two years at Mineral Area College, where I am the pitching coach at," Vruggink said. "Mitch had a breakout year for us last year before committing to Indiana State." 


In two years at Mineral Area College, Barrow appeared in 88 games batting .312 with 12 home runs and 65 RBI. 


"[Last year] Mitch hit .347 and led our team with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs," Vruggink said. "Mitch is a really big and physical left-handed hitter that has as much pop as anyone I have played with or seen in my coaching career."


Wiskus is a junior catcher from Indiana State. He is a native of Iowa City, Iowa. This season for the Sycamores, he has appeared in one game batting .200 with one RBI. 


"Spencer is another member of the Sycamore baseball program that was a junior college guy," Vruggink said. "Spencer spent his first two seasons at Kirkwood where he hit .304 and had six home runs. Spencer is a blend of an offensive minded catcher that can also handle pitchers well, so I am really excited to bring his experience behind the plate to the RedWolves this summer."  


RedWolves announce Summer Kids Baseball Camp dates


The RedWolves will hold their annual Summer Kids Baseball Camp on June 17ththrough June 20th, 2019. 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 available 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 Barbara Osborne at barbara@florenceredwolves.comor call the RedWolves office at 843-629-0700.


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 barbara@florenceredwolves.comor call the RedWolves office at 843-629-0700.