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Diamond Hawks Announce Incoming Class For 2010-11

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 11/23/2009
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WILMINGTON, N.C. - UNC Wilmington head baseball coach Mark Scalf has announced the additions of Josh Abshire, Dillon Bass, Drew Farber, Ricky Holden, Ryan LaGrange, Christian MacDonald, William Prince, Kelly Secrest and Luis Renvill to play baseball for the Seahawks and continue their education at UNCW beginning in 2010.

"We're excited to have these young men entering the Seahawk Baseball family," said Scalf, who begins his 19th season as head coach. "This is an outstanding group of athletes who will be counted on to help fill the void created by the loss of our large senior class. Coach Randy Hood and Coach Jason Howell did a great job identifying players with excellent ability, solid character and great make-up who want to be Seahawks.

Josh Abshire (Wake Forest, N.C./Wakefield) is a solid defensive catcher who hit .333 and compiled a .609 on base average as a junior for Wakefield. Abshire was a second-team All-Cap 7 Conference selection while helping the Wolverines to the state tournament. He is a member of the Carolina Dirtbags AAU program and has played in two World Woodbat Championships, one in Atlanta, Ga., and the other in Ft. Myers, Fla. Abshire played for the Region 3 squad in the North Carolina State Games in 2009. "Josh is an athletic catcher that fits the mold of former and recent Seahawk backstops.  He runs very well and has an outstanding throwing arm.  His offensive skills will continue to improve as he gets stronger.  He's a player with great leadership potential."

Dillon Bass (Four Oaks, N.C./South Johnston) is a hard-nosed competitor who has helped the Trojans to a pair of 3A State tournament playoff appearances. Bass hails from the same high school that produced former Seahawks John Raynor, Justin Barefoot and Chris Johnson. As a junior, Bass hit .280 and drove in 31 runs. Bass plays for the AAU Hurricanes Baseball team that has played in the Perfect Game World Wood Bat tournament in East Cobb, Ga. "Dillon is a scrappy, dirt-bag type player that has plus defensive skills. Offensively, he's a solid hitter with gap power. Dillon plays with a lot of energy and confidence." Bass played for Region 3 at the North Carolina State Games last summer.

Drew Farber (Bethesda, Md./St. John's College) is a hard-hitting catcher who is coming off a junior season that saw him hit .420, drive in 23 runs and steal 15 bases. He was a first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference selection and earned second-team All-Met honors. Farber participated in the Under Armour Preseason All-America tournament, where he showcased one of the top throwing arms in the event. He plays with the Diamond Skills Baseball DC Cadets AAU and has competed at the Perfect Game National Wood Bat East Cobb Showcase as well as the Anderson Bat National Classic and the Team One South Showcase. "Drew is a big, strong-bodied catcher who has the ability to be an offensive threat as well.  He comes from a great high school program with a rich history.  He's a very smart, intelligent player with great leadership abilities and potential."

Ricky Holden (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior) compiled a 6-4 record and a 1.89 earned run average as a junior at Richmond Senior. He walked just 17 while striking out 89 for the Raiders, who captured the Mid-Southeastern Conference title. Holden also earned all-conference honors and played for the Region 4 squad at the North Carolina State Games. "Ricky is a quick-armed righthander who throws in the upper 80's. He shows a very good breaking ball at times. Once Ricky fine tunes some things and gets stronger, he's got a chance to be very good. He has a projectable body and is extremely competitive on the mound."

Ryan LaGrange (Wilmington, N.C./E.A. Laney) is a hometown product from the same high school that produced former Seahawk standout Ronald Hill. LaGrange is a two-time All-Mideastern Conference selection and helped the Buccaneers to a conference title and number two ranking in North Carolina in 2009. He also played in the North Carolina State games as a sophomore and junior for Region 2. "Ryan is a versatile Infielder who can play all three spots. He's extremely intelligent player with tremendous work habits. Ryan's a solid defender who you can depend on to make the routine plays and provide gap power hitting ability."

Christian MacDonald (Virginia Beach, Va./Greenbrier Christian Academy) is a lefthanded pitcher who fashioned an 11-0 record in two seasons on the mound for the Gators. MacDonald has helped the Gators to three straight Tidewater Conference titles and Division 2 State Championships. In 2009, he was honored as the team's Cy Young Award recipient. He plays for the Richmond Braves National Travel Showcase team and participated in the 2009 World Wood Bat Championships. ""Christian is a very sound and projectable pitcher. Has a loose arm and we feel that he is really going to take off and be very good college pitcher."

William Prince (Elm City, N.C./Fike) is a righthand pitcher who has fashioned a 13-7 record over his last two seasons for the Golden Demons. As a junior, Prince helped Fike to the Big East Conference championship and the 3A State Tournament. In 130 innings, he has walked 47 and struck out 151 batters. He was an All-Big East Conference selection in 2008 and earned honorable mention honors in 2009. "William possesses the best breaking ball of all our early signees. He's another quick-armed pitcher with a very repeatable delivery. He will remind a lot of people of current Seahawk Tyler McSwain. He has an outstanding make-up and knowledge of the game." Prince competed on Region 3's entry at the North Carolina State Games in 2009. He also played in the World Wood Bat tournaments in Georgia and Florida.

Kelly Secrest (Mt. Airy, N.C./North Davidson) is a lefthanded pitcher who helped North Davidson to the final four of the 4A State Championship tournament last spring. Secrest was an All-Central Piedmont Conference selection for coach Mike Meadows, a former Seahawk (1986-87). "Kelly has a good feel for three pitches.  He's strong-body prospect with a quick arm. Kelly has a bull-dog mentality and really competes." Secrest competed in the North Carolina State Games for Region 5's team.

Luis Renvill (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) is a slick-fielding infielder who has earned All-Mid-Southeastern honors in 2008 and 2009. Offensively, Luis hit .391 and stole 21 bases for the Bucks and won his third straight Hoke County Best Offensive Player award. He played in the Central Carolina Scholastic League All-Star game and was honored as the top offensive player in the game. Renvill played for Region 4 in the North Carolina State Games last summer. "Luis is a very athletic middle infielder with loads of potential. As his body matures and fills out, he has the chance to be a special player.  He's a plus fielder and really loves to play the game."

2010-11 UNC Wilmington Seahawks Signees

Name

Pos.

Ht

Wt.

B/T

Hometown

High School

Josh Abshire

C

6-0

180

R/R

Wake Forest, N.C.

Wakefield

Dillon Bass

IF

5-10

175

R/R

Four Oaks, N.C.

South Johnston

Drew Farber

C

6-1

195

R/R

Bethesda, Md.

St. John's College

Ricky Holden

RHP

6-3

170

R/R

Rockingham, N.C.

Richmond Senior

Ryan LaGrange

IF

6-0

185

R/R

Wilmington, N.C.

E.A. Laney

Christian MacDonald

LHP

6-3

180

L/L

Virginia Beach, Va.

Greenbrier Christian

William Prince

RHP

5-10

157

L/R

Wilson, N.C.

Fike

Luis Renvill

IF

6-0

160

R/R

Raeford, N.C.

Hoke County

Kelly Secrest

LHP

6-0

185

L/L

Mt. Airy, N.C.

North Davidson



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