Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Five Danville Dans earned All-WCC (West Coast Conference) honors this season. Junior outfielder, James Meador (Univ of San Diego - Danville Dans 2007)has been named Conference Player of the Year where he led the league in batting (.438) hits (39), and total bases (60) during conference play. He was very consistent for San Diego as he recorded multiple hits in 15 of 21 league games.

Denny Duron, (Pepperdine University – Dans 2006),was named WCC Defensive Player of the year. He led the Waves with 115 assists. His strength as a defender was taking away hits up the middle and through the hole on the left side as he routinely displayed great range and a strong arm.

Joining Meador and Duron on the All-conference team were A.J.Griffin (University of San Diego – Dans 2007) and Zach Walters (Dans 2008). The 6’5” Griffin entered the season as the all-time leader in career saves, which now stands at 28, before having to move into a starting role for the Toreros, due to injuries on the USD pitching staff. Zach Walters, a 6’3” sophomore, had a break out season. In league games, Walters hit .383 with 31 hits, 6 doubles, 3 triples and 1 home run. Overall, he led the team with a .377 batting average and 24 RBI.

Rounding out those honored is Matt Bywater (Dans 2008), who registered a perfect 4-0 record against conference opponents through 5 starts. He struck out 33 and limited opposing hitters to a .205 batting average.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


LSU's Louis Coleman (Danville Dan Dans 2006)has been named SEC Pitcher of the Year. Coleman went 10-2 on the mound with a 2.99 ERA to lead the SEC in wins. He also struck out 105 batters this season while walking only 19 in 90-plus-innings pitched.

LSU's Ryan Schimpf (Dans 2007) has been named to the All-SEC team and Mikie Mahtook (Dans 2009) to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

In addition, Coleman and Tyler Whitney (Miss. State - Dans 2007) have been named to the SEC Baseball Community Service Team. Coleman is the leader of the Tigers's community service effort, frequently scheduling visits on his own to schols and hospitals in the Baton Rouge area, meeting with patients and their families. He participated Hurricane Gustav relief work, in the ALS Walk (promoted awareness of Lou Gehrig's Disease) and the Buddy Walk (Down Syndrome). He also engineered the baseball team's Adopt A Child program to help raise money so underprivileged families could give gifts to their children.

Whitney, a 3 time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, participated in the MSU M-Club's annual Thanksgiving canned food drive, the Bully's Book Blitze to encourage the development of reading skills, and served as vice-president the MSU M-Club (letterman's organization). He was elected president for 2009-10.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Louis Coleman (Dans 2006 - LSU) has been named one of the 15 semi-finalists for the College Baseball foundation Pitcher of the Year Award.

With the Tigers this year, Coleman is sporting a 2.45 ERA with 99 strikeouts and 18 walks. He is 10 & 2 for the season.

While with the Dans, Louis had a 1.04 ERA, was 4 & 0, and had 36 strikeouts and 7 walks. In Danville, Coleman was coached by Jamie Sailors.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


The Marlins Chris Coghlan (Dans 2004-Ole' Miss) unloaded on a belt-high fastball from Milwaukee starter Braden Looper last night for a 403-foot, 2 run homer in the 1st inning. "As soon as I hit it, with the direction where it was, I didn't think it was going to be high enough," Coghlan said. "I knew I hit it hard, but just not high. I was thinking double out of the box, and as I was rounding 1st, I knew it was going to be close. I put my head down and I looked back up and nobody was running. I was like 'Oh, my gosh, I just hit a home run."

The ball was caught by a fan who, after much negotiation with the Marlins, returned the ball. "I only get one first home run ball. I wanted to get it and give it to my mom." said Coghlan.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Centerfielder, Mikie Mahtook (Dans 2009)blasted a three-run homer and drove in four runs to pace the second-ranked LSU Tigers to a 12-4 win over Centenary (31-15) Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. Mahtook launched a 3 run home run to center field with 2 outs in the 2nd to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead. In addition to Mahtook, 1st baseman Ryan Schimpf (Dans 2007) collected two hits, Ryan Byrd (Dans 2005) combined with Buzzy Haydel to pitch a perfect 9th to close out the game.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


The Dans 2001 team continues to shine in the majors.

Jon Papelbon is 7 for 7 in save opportunities and is sporting a 1.81 ERA in this, his 5th year in the majors.

Eric Stults pitched a 9 inning, 5 K, 4 hit shutout for the LA Dodgers today, as they defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-0.

Matt Tolbert has been recalled to the Minnesota Twins, going 2-4 in his season debut.

Other notes: Matt Daley (Dans 2003) has fanned 15 batters in his 1st 5 outings with the Colorado Rockies.


After driving in 6 runs for AAA New Orleans last Wednesday, Chris Coghlan (Dans 2004-Ole'Miss) walked off the field and learned he was heading to the majors. "He's one of those kids who has always had the knack to get the barrel to the ball, from high school to Ole Miss, all the way through the system." said Dan Jennings, Marlins VP of player personnel. With the Dans, Chris hit .313 playing 3rd base. He is expected to play 2nd and outfield with the Marlins. "It's everything I've worked for since I was a little kid," Coghlan said of going to the majors.

Coglan started last night (Friday, May 8, 2009) at 2nd base, going 2 for 4 with a walk. He got his 1st hit in the 5th inning. "It was great to be able to get it out of the way." Coghlan said. "I was fortunate to put it in the right place. I hit if off the end of the bat and fortunately it went far enough and in the hold enough to fall through."

According to the Rockies web site, much of the experience was a blur for the 23 year old from Tarpon Springs, FL, as the adrenaline pumped during the 5th inning rally he helped spark. "I just remember Todd Helton saying, 'Hey, you're not going to say hello?" Coghlan said of his experience standing on base next to the Rockies' five-time All-Star first baseman. "I started laughing. That was the last time I thought about it all. I just made sure to say hello to him the next time I got on."

As a Dan, Chris was coached by Bill Ferrari.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Prospect League to provide real-time stats

The Prospect League is pleased to announce it has reached a long term agreement with Pointstreak to provide real-time scoring, official statistics and league administration services to the league.

Pointstreak Stats' baseball platform will streamline the process of capturing and delivering game statistics. It will deliver those game events to the league and team websites in real-time for the benefit of players, fans, coaches, scouts, and media partners. A unique feature of Pointstreak's baseball statistical solution is Game Live, a real-time flash application that streams play-by-play baseball results over a 3-D graphical image of a baseball diamond. Pointstreak Stats for baseball is also geared towards the needs of media sources, providing Associated Press (AP) formatted box scores, allowing for easy reproduction of baseball stats into print media.

This stat solution will compliment live internet broadcasting provided by WDAN radio as well as 7 live radio broadcasts on 1490 WDAN.

The Prospect League (formerly the CICL) is one of the elite and most recognized collegiate summer leagues in the country. The Prospect League is the highest level of amateur baseball played in the nation. It has been in business since 1963 and has provided professional baseball with more than 800 players-more than 175 of those reaching the majors. The Prospect League's new commitment to growth and strength is based upon providing players and fans a true minor league experience while continuing to provide affordable, family fun through the game of baseball. The Prospect League plays a 54-game schedule and covers five states throughout the Midwest.

A preview of live Game action can be seen at