A Union Local graduate's son was recently selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
Tyler Bashlor, son of Steve and Pam Bashlor of Springfield, Ga., was a 11th round pick (326th pick overall) by the New York Mets as a pitcher.
According to his mother, who graduated from Union Local in 1979 and West Liberty State College four years later, Tyler reported to the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian Rookie League on Sunday. Last Thursday he traveled to West Palm Beach, Fla., to sign his first professional contract, which reportedly included a $550,000 signing bonus.
"Everyone is really excited," his proud mother said during a telephone call Monday morning. "It's a pretty big thing."
After graduating from Calvary Day School in Savannah, Ga., in 2011, the 20-year-old enrolled at South Georgia College in Douglas.
"I knew I was going to get drafted, so it wasn't that big of a surprise," Tyler Bashlor told the Savannah Morning News. "But it's something I've wanted since I was a kid.
"I'm glad the Mets drafted me. Hopefully, I can be playing with the Sand Gnats pretty soon." The Sand Gnats are the Mets' South Atlantic League entry and play in Savannah.
The 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander recently completed his second season with the Tigers, compiling a 2.96 ERA with a 5-3 mark.
He struck out 81 and walked 30 in 51 innings of work. Opponents hit a mere .188 against him.
He also started in the outfield for the Tigers where he earned a Gold Glove and all-Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association honors as both an outfielder and pitcher.
He hit .309 with 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 25 RBI in 175 at-bats over 55 games.
According to Baseball America, Bashlor raised his profile over the last two years, ranking as BA's No. 2 prospect in the Futures Collegiate League last summer and continuing to perform well this spring.
Scouts report his fastball is now between 92-94 mph. He has hit 97 on the radar gun and features a solid-average slider with a late break. The Mets view him strictly as a reliever.
Kingsport starts its season Thursday when it welcomes the Johnson City Cardinals to Hunter Wright Stadium.
Bashlor's mother was a multi-sport standout at Union Local, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She continued playing softball in college.
She now teaches physical education at an elementary school in Guyton, Ga.
Pam's parents, Jim and Connie Cutlip, still reside on Mt. Hope Road in Flushing.
Prep Diamond Stars Featured
Several Ohio Valley products were selected to participate in a showcase at Wright State University in Fairborn recently. They included Bellaire's Spencer Badia and Nick Patrone; Barnesville's Auston Hannahs; Steubenville Central's Brenton Colabella and Chris Murphy; and Edison's Nolan Marcus.
According to Bellaire High School head coach John Patrone, the event was run like the OVAC Showcase, but it was run by a professional company. Roughly 100 kids - high school sophomores and juniors - from all over the Buckeye State took part. A game was played, by districts.
Season Winding Down
The Steele and Cook Ohio Valley Baseball League's regular season is winding down. Only a handful of games remain before the playoffs begin on June 27.
Unfortunately, readers of The Times Leader have been unable to keep up with the league as they have in seasons past because no results are being turned in, with the exception of a few here and there.
Managers, win or lose, please start reporting your results. They may seem trivial to you, but there are people out there who care about who wins and who doesn't!
Davis Honored by LSFL
The Lone Star Football League named quarterback Nate Davis the Offensive Player of the Week after he threw for 357 yards and seven touchdowns June 8 in a 57-54 win against the New Mexico Stars.
"He had an excellent game and has done so much for this organization this season," Venom owner Stephanie Tucker said on the team's Website.
The former Bellaire High and Ball State quarterback has completed 55 percent of his passes this season for 1,400 yards and 37 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Amarillo, which is a league-leading 8-2, had an open date last weekend, but will play New Mexico at 7:05 p.m. Saturday inside the Amarillo Civic Center's Cal Farley Coliseum.
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