Originally created 08/21/05

Minor league notebook

The summer baseball void in Columbia will end next year.

Former Capital City Bombers general manager Bill Shanahan will buy a collegiate league team for $300,000 that will begin playing in 2006, The State newspaper reported Thursday.

The Columbia City Council voted Wednesday to give Shanahan a six-year lease for the stadium, which will house a team in the Coastal Plain League. Capital City Stadium had no baseball this summer after the South Atlantic League's Capital City Bombers left Columbia for Greenville, S.C.

The CPL is a summer wooden bat league for college players, with teams permitted to choose up to four players from a university.

AREA ALERT: Swainsboro's Ashley Hooks made his New York-Penn League debut a week ago today with the New Jersey Cardinals. The St. Louis farmhand gave up two runs in two innings of relief, while striking out four. Hooks was 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in 16 appearances for the Johnson City (Tenn.) Cardinals in the rookie Appalachian League.

- Washington Nationals outfielder Preston Wilson, of Bamberg-Ehrhardt, hit two home runs and drove in four runs in a 6-3 win against Philadelphia.

- Evans' Todd Greene was activated Wednesday from the 60-day disabled list. Greene started at catcher that night for the Colorado Rockies against the Milwaukee Brewers and went 1-for-4. Greene missed 65 games with a right hamstring strain.

- Jordan Belcher is making the most of his debut in full- season ball. Through his first nine games with the Dayton Dragons, the Augusta Christian graduate was leading the team in batting with a .323 average. The Dragons are the low-Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

- With the addition of Screven County's Macay McBride, the Triple-A Richmond Braves are back to having three players from this area. McBride rejoined Westside brothers Jason and Matt Childers after a month-long stint with the Atlanta Braves.

In his first appearance back with Richmond, McBride struck out one and gave up two hits in one scoreless inning.

Going into Thursday's game, Jason Childers had not allowed an earned run in 11 consecutive appearances. He had four saves during that stretch, including two in the past week.

- Appling's James Shanks was riding a six-game hitting streak going into Thursday's game. Shanks - who was recently called up to the Florida Marlins Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M. - has raised his average with the Isotopes from .250 to .292.

ALUMNI UPDATE: Left-handed reliever Randy Beam, a member of the 2004 GreenJackets, was involved in a bizarre incident Monday, which was reported in the Portland Press Herald.

During a game against the Binghamton (N.Y.) Mets, the home plate umpire ruled that Beam, who pitches for Boston's Double-A Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs, hit Corey Ragsdale with a pitch. While Portland manager Todd Claus went on the field to argue that Ragsdale had swung at the pitch, Binghamton batting coach Dave Hollins ran from the first-base coach's box into the Sea Dogs' dugout toward Portland pitching coach Fernando Arroyo, the Press Herald reported.

Portland batting coach Russ Morman intervened and ended up with a broken ring finger on his right hand. Hollins and Arroyo were ejected, and the next day the Eastern League suspended Hollins.

The newspaper also reported that Hollins was ejected from a game last year after a brawl between the GreenJackets - then the low A affiliate of the Red Sox - and the Capital City Bombers - then the affiliate of the New York Mets.

Reach Kristy Shonka at (706) 823-3216 or kristy.shonka@augustachronicle.com.


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