Saturday, February 19, 2005

Beesball - Jackets Sweep Double-Header

...and move to 5-1 on the season. Nice to see freshman Danny Payne "stepping up to the plate". He goes 6-7 on the day, with an HR, 2 doubles, 3 singles, 6 runs scored and 6 RBI's. The real key to the sweep though - 23 walks by Iona pitchers. Ouch.

In case you are interested here is Danny Payne's biography:

Talented outfielder who earned the starting job in center field with a strong fall practice ... A left-handed hitter with good power ... Very good baserunner ... Outstanding defensive center fielder who can cover a lot of territory ... Has the talent and potential to be an impact player in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

High School: A four-year letterwinner for coach Dave Audia at Sequoyah High School as a center fielder and pitcher ... Ranked as the No. 11 prospect in Georgia and No. 70 in the nation ... Named the Cherokee County Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2002 and 2004 ... An all-state and all-district selection as a junior and senior ... Owns Sequoyah career records in hits (107), batting average (.464), doubles (26), home runs (17) total bases (192), RBI (90), slugging percentage (.759), innings pitched (168), strikeouts (280), wins (16) and ERA (1.17) ... Played with the East Cobb Yankees during the summer months ... Named MVP of the Connie Mack World Series while leading his team to the championship ... Hit. 470 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI in 158 at bats with the East Cobb Yankees.

Personal: Full name is Daniel Alexander Payne, Jr. ... Born September 8, 1985 ... Son of Dan and Kathy ... Majoring in Management.

By the way, more good news - Tyler Greene was cleared to play Friday and ended Saturday by going 2-8, with 2 runs scored, 3 walks. He did leave 5 runners on base, but not a bad start after coming back from a broken jaw.