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RedWolves add a pair of arms

RedWolves add a pair of arms

The Florence RedWolves and first-year head coach Ryan Vruggink announce the addition of Matt Blair and Nathan Bock to the 2019 pitching staff. 


Blair is a redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher from Mercer. He is a native of Macon, Georgia. 


"Matt is in his second year at Mercer, coming off a redshirt campaign last season," Vruggink said. "Matt is a big, physical arm that definitely passes the eye test when you see him."


So far this season for the Bears, Blair has appeared in six games going 0-1 with 7.71 ERA and three strikeouts over 2.1 innings pitched. 


"Once he gets his feet under him, I expect big things from him this summer," Vruggink said. "He is a guy that I believe will throw a lot of innings out of the bullpen for us. Matt is from Macon, so I am excited to watch him throw against the Bacon and hope he has a little chip on his shoulder when playing in front of his hometown crowd."


Bock is a junior left-handed pitcher from Southeast Missouri State. He is a native of O'Fallon, Missouri. 


"Nathan is a left-handed arm at Southeast Missouri State, which is close to where I work at during the spring," Vruggink said. "We have a great relationship with the coaching staff down there and I am excited to see what Nathan is going to do for us this summer."


So far this season for the Redhawks, Bock has appeared in 18 games with a 6.41 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 26.2 innings pitched. 


"Nathan is one of their lead contributors out of the bullpen, with 18 appearances on the year," Vruggink said. "I am looking forward to watching him throw and compete for the RedWolves." 


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.