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RedWolves add middle infield and starter depth

RedWolves add middle infield and starter depth

The Florence RedWolves and first-year head coach Ryan Vruggink announce the addition of Zach Rice, Elridge Figueroa and Miguel Soto for the 2019 summer. 


Rice is a sophomore right-handed pitcher from West Chester University. He is a native of Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. As a freshman, Rice was 7-3 with a 4.63 ERA and 52 strikeouts over 70 innings pitched. 


"Zach is an arm that will be joining us from West Chester, an NCAA Division II program that won the D2 World Series in 2017," Vruggink said. "Zach is coming off of a strong freshman campaign and started off his sophomore year well also." 


So far this season for the Golden Rams, Rice is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 25.2 innings pitched. 


"Zach is a big, physical arm that I see being a starting pitcher for us this summer and giving us a good chance to win any time he takes the mound," Vruggink said.


Figueroa is a sophomore middle infielder from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico. As a freshman, Figueroa appeared in 18 games batting .231 with five RBIs and three walks. 


So far this season, he has appeared in 21 games for the Trojans batting .236 with two RBIs and four stolen bases. 


"Eldridge is a young infielder at UALR that saw time as a freshman and has seen a good chunk of time early in his sophomore season," Vruggink said. "The coaches at UALR are very excited about him and his future and I am glad to have him for the summer. He is going to be a big speed guy for us and I anticipate him swiping a lot of bags this summer."  


Soto is a freshman middle infielder from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a native of Kissimmee, Florida. So far this season, Soto has appeared in 17 games for the Trojans batting .154 with one home run, eight RBIs and five walks. 


"Miguel is entering his first year of college baseball," Vruggink said. "He has already gotten to see some time on the field for the Trojans. The coaches are also very excited about his future with their program as well. Once Miguel gets his feet under him and picks up the speed of the game at the college level, I think he has a chance to take off and summer ball is going to really help him." 


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.