Former Mulvane star Ty Redington had a big summer headed into his freshman season at Butler Community College.
Redington played most of the summer with the Wichita Reds, then was picked up by the Kansas Cannons for their league tournament. He hit .538 in four games at the NBC World Series, going 7 for 13 with two runs, including a 1-for-3 perfomance with one run in Tuesday’s 4-1 elimination-game loss to the Ozark Generals.
“It ended up being a really good summer for me,” Redington said. “I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to play for the Cannons and I think it was a great way to end the summer.”
Redington, who was also an all-state football player for the Wildcats, said it wasn’t a very difficult decision about what sport he wanted to play in college. He played catcher for the Cannons, but Butler coach BJ McVay recruited Redington as an athlete … as in he could play anywhere.
“Baseball was my first love, always number one for me so it wasn’t a hard choice,” Redington said. “We’ve got our first baseball meeting August 18th and I’m ready to get started. I’m not sure what position I’m going to play yet, and it really doesn’t matter to me as long as I can find a way to get on the field.”
Proof is in the pitching
The jibes, of the same variation, are something Ozark Generals pitcher Richard Nason has heard since he was a little kid growing up in Phenix City, Ala.
No, he doesn’t look like a prototypical college pitcher — or an athlete of any kind, for that matter. But he’s both. Nason improved to 7-1 this summer with a complete-game, 4-1 win over the Kansas Cannons in an elimiination game on Tuesday. Nason has a 2.93 ERA in 70 2/3 innings with 52 strikeouts.
His physique — he’s 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds — had some fans screaming “Beer League!” at him while he was on the mound against the Cannons. Nason responded with three strikeouts, no walks and five hits.
“All I can say is you gotta come out and watch … that’s the way I’ve been looked at my whole life,” Nason said. “They always tell me I’m not the best athlete, but when I get on the mound they realize I have what it takes. I’m good enough to pitch in this tournament, I’m good enough to pitch in college.”
Nason, 20, spent the last two seasons pitching for Andrew (Ga.) College, a two-year school, and will spend the next two years playing for Auburn-Montgomery, an NAIA school. Nason went 6-7 with a 5.24 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings for Andrew this season.
“(The Cannons) were getting me with some bunts, so I really had to bear down,” Nason said. “I’m coming off three days rest, so I really needed to pitch a complete game and keep our bullpen out of it so we could have a chance tomorrow night.”
The Generals play the San Diego Waves on Wednesday.
San Diego Force 4, Cape Girardeau Capahas 1
Ozark Generals 4, Kansas Cannons 1
El Dorado Broncos 4, San Diego Waves 0
Kansas Alumni vs. Liberal Bee Jays
Tuesday’s box scores
Force 4, Capahas 1
|Cape Girardeau||SD Force|
|Kimball 2b||4||0||1||0||Loud cf||4||2||2||1|
|Caveness cf||4||1||1||0||Williams rf||4||2||3||2|
|Parmley ss||4||0||1||0||Boggan 1b||4||0||3||0|
|Campbell 1b||4||0||2||0||Leary dh||4||0||1||0|
|Hagedorn c||4||0||0||0||Schulz lf||2||0||0||1|
|Connor 3b||3||0||0||0||Nordgren 3b||4||0||0||0|
|Bennett dh||3||0||0||0||Miramontes ss||4||0||1||0|
|Blum rf||3||0||0||0||Walters c||4||0||1||0|
|Pewitt lf||3||0||2||0||Israel 2b||3||0||0||0|
|Cape Girardeau||000||100||010||—||1 7 0|
|SD Force||201||010||00x||—||4 11 1|
E — Williams (1). LOB— Capahas 4, Force 7. 2B— Parmley (2), Boggan 2 (2). HR — Loud (1), Williams (1).
|A. Williams L, 0-1||8||11||4||4||1||1|
|Little W, 1-0||9||7||1||0||0||7|
Umpires—Home, John Knight; first base, Greg Mudd; second base, Don Rolfe.
Broncos 4, Waves 0
|El Dorado||San Diego|
|Coen ss||4||1||0||0||Daris lf||4||0||0||0|
|Clay lf||3||0||0||0||Kildow cf||3||0||0||0|
|Ware cf||3||0||1||0||Medina rf||4||0||0||0|
|Taylor 3b||2||1||1||1||Sankey dh||3||0||0||0|
|Parrett dh||1||0||0||0||Forester ph||1||0||0||0|
|Stramp 1b||4||1||1||0||Varga 3b||3||0||0||0|
|McMurray 2b||3||1||0||0||Savage 2b||2||0||1||0|
|Roming 2b||0||0||0||0||Cossolato 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Esposito c||3||0||0||0||Fish c||3||0||1||0|
|Mucha rf||3||0||0||1||Johnson ss||3||0||0||0|
|El Dorado||000||100||012||—||4 3 2|
|San Diego||000||000||000||—||0 2 1|
E— Coen (1), McMurray (1), Daris (1). DP— El Dorado 1. LOB— El Dorado 6, San Diego 4. 3B— Ware (1). CS — Kildow. SF — Mucha. S — Clay, Parrett, Esposito.
|Cox W, 1-0||7 1/3||1||0||0||2||3|
|Michelson L,0-1||5 2/3||1||1||1||5||5|
WP — Michelson, Scaramella. Umpires—Home, Bob Homolka; first, Charlie Clemons; third, Tony D’Aquano.
Generals 4, Cannons 1
|Ozark||001||000||300||—||4 7 1|
|Kansas||000||001||000||—||1 5 1|
W—Nason. L — Harjo.
Cannons 3, Gold Sox 2
|Austin||110||000||000||—||2 9 4|
|Kansas||010||001||001||—||3 6 2|
W—Taylor. L — Burns.