RedWolves add Ohio infield duo

courtesy of Ohio University
courtesy of Ohio University

The Florence RedWolves and first-year head coach Ryan Vruggink announce the addition of Michael Richardson and Joe Weisenseel to the 2019 lineup.


Richardson is a redshirt-sophomore middle infielder from Ohio University. He is a native of Cambridge, Maryland. 


"Michael will be a middle infielder for us this summer," Vruggink said. "He has already seen action at Ohio University this year as a second basemen."


 So far this season for the Bobcats, Richardson is batting .125 with a run scored and a walk in six games.


"Michael attended Harford Community College last year where he had a big year for the Fighting Owls," Vruggink said. "He hit .357 with four homeruns and 40 RBIs. One thing I am excited about with Michael is his ability to steal bases. I put a big emphasis on speed when I was recruiting our guys because I want to be a team that causes havoc on the bases. Michael fits that mold."


Weisenseel is a junior middle infielder from Ohio University. He is a native of Strongsville, Ohio. 


"Joe, like Michael, is a middle infielder at Ohio," Vruggink said. "I am really excited to bring in two middle infielders together that have already worked with one another all fall and spring and will have chemistry up the middle from the get-go."


Weisenseel came to the Bobcats after spending his first two seasons at Penn State, where he appeared in 55 games batting .197 with four doubles, 16 RBI and six stolen bases for the Nittany Lions. 


"Joe spent last season at Penn State where he saw action in 32 games," Vruggink said. "The coaches were very excited to have him on board with their program now.


"I am also excited that these two position guys will be joined by two of their fellow teammates who are pitchers [Jack Liberatore and Brett Manis]. Having guys come from the same school for the summer usually helps guys form relationships with their new teammates quicker because they already have a sense of comfortability with guys, they know coming in."


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 or 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 or call the RedWolves office at 843-629-0700.