Marshall centerfielder Isaac Ballou became the second player from the Thundering Herd to be drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft as he was taken in the 15th round with the 466th overall pick by the Washington Nationals on Saturday.Ballou was also drafted in the 36th round in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Pirates but chose to return to school.Ballou was one of seven players with Mountain State ties selected Saturday.Shepherd right-hander Josh McCauley was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 618th pick and West Virginia University had four players come off the board - third baseman Ryan Tuntland (No. 882, San Francisco), left-hander Harrison Musgrave (No. 991, Philadelphia), righty Sean Carley (No. 1,018, San Diego) and first baseman Ryan McBroom (No. 1,074, Kansas City).
Hurricane native and Ohio University senior Brett Barber went to Toronto with the 1,105th pick.Tuntland was second on the Mountaineers with a .325 average and third in runs batted in with 36. Musgrave was the undisputed ace of the staff, compiling a 9-1 record and 2.17 ERA in 14 starts. In 951/3 innings, he struck out 81 and walked only 29. Carley didn't pitch this year after transferring from Air Force Academy, where he was named second-team All-Mountain West in 2011. McBroom led the Mountaineers in home runs (12) and RBIs (48) while hitting .268 and slugging .518.Ballou owns career Marshall records in walks (129) and triples (16) and is second all-time in stolen bases (64). He was a Conference USA first-team pick after the 2013 season after leading Marshall with a .328 batting average, a .438 on-base percentage, 66 hits, 37 walks, 17 doubles, 40 runs, and 13 steals.
McCauley went 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA while appearing in only five games for the Rams. Barber appeared in 30 games for the Bobcats, all but one in a relief role. He went 2-6 with one save while compiling a 4.37 ERA and striking out 52 in 572/3 innings.nn
WV CHAOS: The West Virginia Chaos defeated the South Carolina United Bantams 3-1 on Saturday in Charleston, S.C.Matthew Brown scored twice for the Chaos, in the 10th minute on a free kick and in the 51st minute, assisted by Tetsa Ivanovic. Adam Arthur added a goal on a penalty kick in the 35th minute.
South Carolina attempted to come back with a 69th-minute goal by Hunter Riddle, but failed to score again.The Chaos (4-2-1) sit atop the South Atlantic Division and will play host to the Carolina Dynamo (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Schoenbaum Stadium. nn
YOUTH TRACK: The Capital City Striders youth track and field club announced its All-Comers Track and Field Series and All-Comers Championship at Laidley Field on Saturday.
The first event of the series will begin on Tuesday, with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. Other dates in the series are June 25 and July 2, with the championship set for July 16.Individuals 12 years and under may participate in up to three events, ages 13-18 years may participate in up to four events, and those 19 years and older may participate in as many events as they can stand. Awards will be given to the top six competitors in all events.The entry fee for the series is $2. For more information, call Paul Gilmer at 304-389-1982, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.capitalcitystriders.com
WVU TRACK: West Virginia University senior runner Jordan Hamric ended her career with a 12th-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday.The Bruceton Mills native garnered All-America second-team honors after a time of 10:16.92 in the event. Hamric's performance concludes the outdoor track and field season for the Mountaineers.
WVU FAN CLUB: The Kanawha Valley West Virginia University Fan Club will host a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Harding's Restaurant (I-79, exit 1) in Mink Shoals. Mountaineers cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell will be the club's guest speaker.