Nov. 26, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University baseball team recently announced the addition of seven high school student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Herd starting in the 2009 season.
"I'm very excited about the collection of talent we have assembled in this fall signing period," head coach Jeff Waggoner said. "Not only are these young men exceptional baseball players, but great students as well. Tim Adkins did a great job of heading up our recruiting and identifying players that live up to the Herd Baseball program's high expectations both on and off the field."
Among the seven prospects are four pitchers (including three left-handers) and three position players. Marshall was able to land the two top prospects from West Virginia and two of the top left-handed pitchers from the state of Ohio. Waggoner is excited about landing five top prospects over the last two years from the state of West Virginia.
A Hurricane, W.Va. native, Thor Meeks is a 6-foot-1-inch catcher and first baseman currently attending Hurricane High School. A 2007 all-state honoree with a .368 batting average, six homers and 32 RBIs, was also selected to compete in the National Homerun Contest at Tropicana Field. Meeks batted .320 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs for the Huntington Hounds during the summer season.
Joe Church, a 6-foot-1-inch right-hander from Princeton, W.Va., attends Pikeview High School. A 2007 all-state selection and a member of the Charlotte Megastars, Church ranked 115 in the Perfect Game 2008 Class.
Greg Williams is a 6-foot-4-inch southpaw from Cincinnati, Ohio and attends Cincinnati Moeller High School. Williams tallied an 8-0 record and one save in 2007, and posted the fourth-best ERA in Ohio high school history. Williams is also a member of the Cincinnati Midland squad in the summer.
Matt Kerul, a 6-foot-5-inch left-handed hurler from Hudson High School, notched a 7-2 record and 2.09 ERA. A member of the Ohio Yankees, Kerul was a second-team all-conference selection in 2006 and 2007.
Rounding out the pitchers is left-hander Mike Mason, a 6-foot-2-inch lefty from Maumee, Ohio. The southpaw had a 7-0 record with a 2.76 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched for Maumee High School. Mason also plays summer ball for the Greenville Technology and was named to the 2007 All-Buckeye Scout Team.
Miami, Fla. native Alfredo Brito is a 6-foot-2-inch third baseman who compiled a .305 batting average with two homeruns and a .465 slugging percentage. A member of the Florida Christian High School squad, Brito was selected to the All-Miami Dade.
The final prospect is Eric Semeniuk, a 6-foot-1-inch outfielder from Providence High School in Charlotte, NC. Semeniuk tallied a .416 batting average with four homers and 26 RBIs for Providence High School. He was also selected as a member of the All-Mecklenburg County team, and played for the South Charlotte Panthers.