Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 9, 2012

Church among several Marshall alumni on pro diamonds

Wire, staff report
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University alumni in the ranks of professional baseball continued to post creditable pitching statistics in the week that ended Sunday.

Joe Church, who played for PikeView High School before joining the Thundering Herd, won his second pro game in relief on Thursday. Pitching for the Class A Eugene (Ore.) Emeralds, Church struck out three while limiting Everett (Wash.) to two base-runners.

In seven appearances for the Padres farm club, Church (2-1) has handled 10 innings with 15 strikeouts. He has an earned-run average of 8.10.

Two of last year’s Bluefield Blue Jays, Ian Kadish and Arik Sikula, have moved up in the Toronto minor league system and are now relief pitchers for the Class A Vancouver Canadians.

Kadish (1-0) appeared in three games over the last week, pitching 3 1/3 innings of hitless baseball. He conceded only two base runners, both via walks, and added six K’s to his season tally of 20.

He struck out the side in Thursday’s triumph of Salem-Keizer and again in Saturday’s win over Everett. Kadish’s season stats include eight appearances, and a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings pitched.

Sikula (0-0) also appeared in three games for the Canadians last week, adding five innings and three strikeouts to this year’s numbers. Pitching 12 2/3 innings in eight appearances, Sikula had a 4.26 ERA with 10 strikeouts.

Other former Marshall players in the pros include relief pitcher Shane Farrell, awaiting assignment in the Toronto farm system; starting pitcher Dan Straily (3-1) of the Class AAA Sacramento River Cats; relief pitcher Mike Mason (1-0) of the Grand Junction Rockies, who plays in the rookie Pioneer League; and reliever Kevin Shackelford (1-3) of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Class A Milwaukee affiliate.

Pitcher Ryan Kiel, assigned to Bakersfield (Calif.) in the Cincinnati farm system, is listed on the disabled list. Relief pitcher Greg Williams, a Texas Rangers prospect, pitched a hitless inning on a rehab assignment in the Arizona League.

Rhett Stafford catches for the Vermont Lake Monsters, affiliated with Oakland. Catcher Victor Gomez has not seen action for the Atlanta outpost of the Gulf Coast League, nor has shortstop Kenny Socorro of the Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs.