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 Mauldin Mavs Baseball Alumni Game
 
Alumni,
 
How fast the year has gone and what an exciting first year it was!!  Our young men made the playoffs for the first time in two years, finishing 2nd in a tough Region 2 4A.  We were one game away from playing for the Region Championship but fell a little short.  Our young men have been working extremely hard during the summer months in the weight room and on the baseball field.  We are about to crank up our fall conditioning program, as well as play in a fall league and a few weekend tournaments.  The High School League has also changed a few rules where we now get 3 weeks of fall practice in November.  It's an exciting time for our program!!!
 
We are in the beginning stages of planning for our 2nd annual Alumni Baseball game which will be held on Saturday, October 30.  I wanted to get the word out early so we can get as many of you back and more for this years game.  We will keep the same format as last year.  BP will begin at 11:15 am, followed by a first pitch at 1:00 pm.  I am hoping we have enough players this year to field two teams and play a full 7 inning game.  We all are hoping that we experience some better weather as well.
 
If you would, please start getting the word out to fellow alumni through Facebook, emails, texts, etc.  I will also put an announcement in the Greenville News on the Bulletin Board section of the Sunday paper.
 
I have attached a sign information sheet in case your business would like to purchase a sign to be placed on the baseball field for the spring.  We will also be accepting donations that will be put towards our spring expenses such as revamping our infield surface.  We will be transitioning from chunks of brick to a traditional clay infield.  This is no small effort, so any help you could prove us would be greatly appreciated.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!
 
Jim Maciejewski
Head Baseball Coach
Mauldin High School
(864) 590-1992

 


 

USC’s Scott Wingo of Mauldin savors final moment of College World Series

By Ed McGranahan
Staff Writer

OMAHA, Neb. – As Tuesday crept to Wednesday, Scott Wingo lingered on the field with his teammates and friends exchanging hugs, snapping pictures and generally soaking up the final memories of Rosenblatt Stadium.

Wingo had scored the winning run in the University of South Carolina’s 2-1 win over UCLA, the final run in a College World Series at Rosenblatt, dashing from third base when Whit Merrifield cracked a single to right field in the 11th inning.

In the surge of emotion accompanying a national championship, the significance was not lost on the Gamecocks’ tough second baseman from Mauldin High School whose father played here 35 years ago as a second baseman for Clemson University.

“Last person to touch home plate at Rosenblatt in a College World Series,” he said with a smile that seemed permanently affixed. “Awesome.”

Not the toughest out in the South Carolina lineup, Wingo had worked a three-ball, two-strike count leading off the 11th inning. With the top of the order itching for another crack at UCLA right-hander Dan Klein, Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner needed a base runner.

“Wingo gave me a double-take, triple-take,” Tanner said. “I’d never done that in my entire career.”

Wingo had already walked twice, but with the count full Tanner signaled for a bunt.

“Klein was throwing well, and the third baseman had retreated two steps,” Tanner said, “I was thinking if (Wingo) slowed down and put it in play he had a better chance of fishing a ball than he did getting a hit because Klein was pitching well. You take a chance. You try to do something to win the game.”

Klein’s pitch was nearly in the dirt, and Wingo walked.

With leadoff hitter Evan Marzilli at the plate next, Klein skipped a pitch to the backstop that was ruled a passed ball, and Wingo raced to second base.

“That was huge,” Wingo said. “Then, it was a totally different game.”

Marzilli dropped a bunt that catcher Steve Rodriguez fielded, and with Wingo running on the pitch, the only play was to first base.

“When I got to third I knew Whit was going to get me in,” Wingo said. “I was having a good time. Everybody else was serious, but I was smiling out there.”

The outfield played shallow with one out. Merrifield said he was surprised UCLA didn’t walk him and Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases and set up a potential double play.

“When I saw the catcher squat down, I knew I had something to prove,” said Merrifield, 0-for-4 at that point. “They wanted to get me out.”

Merrifield need only drive the ball. He laced a clean single to right field.

“In that situation, you’re trying to get a pitch elevated, and you’re trying to drive it deep into the outfield,” he said. “I worked the count in my favor and got a fastball. It was down, but I got the barrel on it and it finally went the other way and shot into the gap.”

Wingo and his smile raced home. Halfway down the line he chucked his helmet into the air.

“It was unbelievable,” Wingo said. “It was an unreal experience.”

The victory, before an ESPN national TV audience and the tournament’s biggest crowd, was marked by gripping drama and gutsy pitching performances.

Reliever Matt Price was the winner following another remarkable five innings by starter Michael Roth, who until the last five days barely broke a sweat in most games and prefers hitting to pitching.

The Gamecocks (54-16) polished off the Bruins (51-17) in two games despite stranding 14 runners and going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The game was close from end to end. UCLA had eight hits, USC nine. Each team had an error. The Bruins stranded 10.

Price (5-1), a redshirt freshman from Sumter, allowed one hit in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three -- including one to end the ninth inning with the bases loaded. Klein (6-1) was the loser, allowing only the one run in 3 1/3 innings.

Bradley was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Gamecocks Marzilli, Brady Thomas and Christian Walker were also selected to the all-tournament team, joined by Clemson’s John Hinson.

“The game was as good as it gets at this level,” said UCLA coach John Savage. “South Carolina would just not give us anything.”

Tanner, playing the odds again, went with sophomore left-hander Roth of Greer on three days rest as he’d done Monday with Blake Cooper.

On the heels of a complete-game victory over Clemson in his first start of the season, Roth gave Carolina a chance once again and then turned it over to side-arming right-hander Jose Mata with the Gamecocks trailing 1-0.

Playing the percentages in the eighth inning, Tanner brought in left-hander Tyler Webb, who threw two pitches and retired left-handed hitting Amaral on a grounder to Walker. Right-hander John Taylor replaced Webb, and right-handed hitters Blair Dunlap and Dean Espy flied out to Bradley in center.

Carolina squeezed out a run to tie the score in the eighth. Brady Thomas, pinch-hitting for Adam Matthews, led off with a single to center. Klein entered for UCLA and Robert Beary pinch-ran for Thomas.

Enders hit a roller to third that allowed Beary to scoot to second, and Bobby Haney hit a two-hopper that deflected off the glove of first baseman Dean Espy and over the second baseman’s head into right field for the run.

From there, every pitch triggered a flood of camera flashes hoping to capture the final hit, the winning run.

“Without question it’s very, very special,” Tanner said, “The history of the College World Series and Omaha and Rosenblatt.

“What a venue, what an atmosphere, what a history,” he said. “To be able to come in the last year to be part of the College World Series and the closing of Rosenblatt.”

 


Game Recaps And updates

 

  4/29/2010  Mauldin VS Easley

The Mavs suffered their first District loss to Easley on Thursday night by a score of 2 - 10. Again the Mav's staff gave Senior Adam Chamberlain the ball to start the game. Adam pitched 5 complete innings allowing 9 hits including a gland slam home run, striking out 3 with no walks. Kyle Peterman came in as relief for one inning allowing 5 hits while Alex Eccles closed the game giving up 1 hit and striking out 1.

Again on the offensive side, the Mavs were not able to string together any hits. The seniors led the charge. Adam Chamberlain had two hits including a long ball over center field for a RBI homer, Joe Jackson and Jared Hudson each had a single. Juniors Jeremiah McKie and Steve Byerley had singles and Freshman Cory Thompson had a single.

The Mavs host Ridge View for the second game in District III play on Saturday at McClain Field at 6 PM.

"Go Mavs"

 

  4/23/2010 Mauldin VS Hillcrest 

Last Friday night, the Mavs loss to the cross town rivals - Hillcrest Rams by a score of 8 - 4. Senior Adam Chamberlain was the starting pitcher and threw 7 2/3 innings before Layton Meacham came on to finish the game. Adam allowed 6 hits, 3 walks and struck out 5 batters. Layton gave up 2 hits and 1 walk.

Offensively, the Mavs were led by Senior Joe Jackson who hit a rope over right field fence for a 2 run homer. Junior Jeremiah McKie and Freshman Cory Thompson had 2 singles each while Junior Ranz Bodison had a single and a RBI triple. Senior Adam Chamberlain and Junior Steve Byerley each had a single.

The Mavs have clinched a District Play-off birth and will play Easley on Thursday at Easley. Game time is 7 PM.

COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR MAULDIN MAVS!

"GO MAVS"

 

Mauldin VS  TL Hana 4/21/2010

The Mavs hosted TL Hana on last Wednesday. The final score was 9 - 2 (Mavs). Junior Steve Byerkey started the game on the mound and pitched 5 full innings before being relieved by Sophomore Alex Eccles while Sophomore Layton Meacham came in for the close. Steve allowed 2 hits, walked 4 and struck out 9. Alex chalked up 1 strike out during his 1 inning outing and Layton had 1 strike out and allowed 2 hits. 

The Juniors led the offensive charge. Junior Ranz Bodison had 1 Single and RBI Triple, Junior Steve Byerley had a 2 RBI Single, Junior Jeremiah McKie had 1 hit  and a SAC RBI and Junior Brandon Dyer had a single. Senior Adam Chamberlain had a RBI Single and Senior Jared Hudson had a single. 

Friday, the Mavs host Hillcrest Rams for Senior Night. 

"Go Mavs"  

 

Mauldin VS Byrnes  4/20/2010

The Mavs lost another Regional game on Tuesday against Byrnes Rebels by a score of  3 - 5. The Mavs started the game slow but was able to generate a couple of runs early in the game but went cold as the rain fell. Defensively the Mavs were led by Adam Chamberlain who pitched a completed game allowing 7 hits, 2 walks and striking out 1. Costly errors allowed the Rebels to score 4 runs in one inning. 

Offensively, the Mavs had only three hits the whole night. Senior Joe Jackson hit a RBI Double, Senior Jared Hudson had a RBI Single and Junior Jeremiah McKie hit a single.   

The Mavs are home Wednesday against TL Hana. 

"Go Mavs"

 

Mauldin VS Laurens 4/17/2010

The Mavs fell to Laurens on Saturday by a score of 9 - 4. Junior Kyle Peterman pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing 5 hits, 2 walks (intentional). Layton Meacham came in for relief giving up 4 hits, 3 walks (1 Intentional) and striking out 5. 

Offensively the Mavs were led by Senior Dwight  Collins with 2 hits, Senior Jared Hudson and Joe Jackson had 1 hit each. Freshman Spencer Peay had 1 hit and Junior Steve Byerley had a SAC RBI. 

The Mavs travels to Byrnes on Tuesday, April 20.  

"Go Mavs"

 

Mauldin VS Boiling Springs  4/16/2010

The Mauldin Mavericks hosted Boiling Springs Bulldogs on Friday, April 16. The Mavs came out on top by a score of 7 - 6. Cory Thompson pitched the firs 3 1/3 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 hit batters and 3 strike outs. Adam Chamberlain came in for relief and completed the game giving up 3 walks, and fanning 4 batters. 

Offensively, the Mavs were led by Junior Jeremiah McKie with 2 hits with 2 RBIs, Junior Will Spearman and Senior Adam Chamberlain both had 2 hits with RBI. Senior Joe Jackson and Freshman Cory Thompson each had one hit. 

The Mavs  are home on Saturday against Laurens. 

 

4/13/2010 Mavs VS. Spartanburg

 

Tuesday night, the Mauldin Mavs traveled to Duncan Park to take on the Spartanburg Vikings. The Mavs chalked up another crucial Regional win over the Vikings by a score of 5 - 2. 

Again, Senior Adam Chamberlain got the nod to defend the Mavs. Adam pitched another complete came allowing 3 hits, 2 walks (1 Intentional), and three strike outs. 

Offensively, the Mavs was led by Freshman Ramon Osuna who went 2 for 2 with 1 RBI. Other contributors were Juniors Jeremiah McKie and Ranz Bodison both had 1 hit 1 RBI, Seniors Joe Jackson and Adam Chamberlain 1 hit each and Freshman Cory Thompson with 1 hit. 

The Mavs (JV and Varsity) are hosting Boiling Springs on Friday and Laurens on Saturday. JVs play at 10:30 AM and Varsity at 1PM. 

Come out and Support your Mauldin Mavericks Baseball Program. 

"GO MAVS"

 

4/09/2010  Mavs Vs Dorman

 

Last Friday, the Mavs suffered a Regional lost to Dorman by a score of 11 - 1.  The Mavs could not get any momentum going the whole game.   Layton Meacham started on the mound for the first 2 and 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits, 5  walks and 1 strikeout. Kyle Peterman came on in relief for the next 2 and 1/3 innings allowing 6 hits with 2 Intentional walks.   Joe Jackson had the Mavs only two hits, both were singles. 

The Mavs travel to Spartanburg (Duncan Park) on Tuesday, host Boiling Springs on Friday and Laurens on Saturday.

  

 4/06/2010 Mauldin VS Byrnes

 

Last evening, the Mavs played one of, if not their best, game of this season. The Mavs believed all along that they were going to win the game. You could see it in their faces and in their demeanor.

Mavs scored the lone run in the bottom of the seventh with a sacrifice bunt by senior Parker Hudson. The Byrnes pitcher overthrew his third baseman in an effort to tag out Pete Wilks (Pinch running for Adam Chamberlain) who was advancing from second. The throw was high and wide allowing Pete to trot home for the score. 

Defensively, Adam Chamberlain started and pitched a stellar shut-out giving up 5 hits, striking out 3, and walking 1. 

 

04/05/2010 - Mauldin VS Laurens

 

Last evening the Mavs pulled out a close win over the Laurens Raiders. What initially appeared to be a good game turned out to be a intensified game. The Mavs charged full steam ahead in an extra inning to secure a 4 -3 win. 

Cory Thompson had a shut out going until he got in some trouble in the sixth inning allowing back to back walks.  Cory gave up 2 hits, walking three and striking out five batters. Layton Meacham was called on to close the game throwing two tough innings keeping the Raiders at bay. Layton struck out three batters, walked 1 and allowed only 1 hit. 

Offensively the Mavs got off to a slow start. Parker Hudson led off the game with a single but the Mavs could not generate any runs across the plate until late in the game when senior Joe Jackson came up big with a 2 run homer to left center. Ranz Bodison had a single and a double while Will Spearman hit a long shot to right field for a triple.  Parker Hudson, Jared Hudson, Adam Chamberlain and Jeremiah McKie all had  singles. 

The Mavs are home this evening hosting Byrnes Rebels and will travel to Dorman on Friday. 

"GO MAVS"

 

Tournament Update!

 The Mauldin Mavericks participated in the Greenville County Tournament held at Hillcrest  and Eastside High Schools over the Spring Break. Mauldin opened the tournament on Tuesday capturing two wins over Wade Hampton in a double header at Hillcrest High. Wednesday, the Mavs defeated Greer at Eastside before losing to Hillcrest on Thursday. Mauldin played the consolation game against Wade Hampton at Flour Field capping off the tournament with 4 wins and 1 lose. 

The Mavericks defeated Wade Hampton by a score of 7 to 2 for the consolidation game at Flour Field on Friday.Defensively, Layton Meacham got the nod to start the game and pitched the first two innings allowing 6 hits. Adam Chamberlain came on in relief for the next three innings allowing 2 hits with one strike out. Kyle Peterman and Alex Eccles each pitched one inning in relief striking out one batter. 

The Mavs had a good day offensively. Joe Jackson and Ranz Bodison led the charge batting 500 for the day. Joe had a double with two walks and Ranz had a RBI double and two hit-by-pitch walks. Adam Chamberlain and Jeremiah McKie both went 2 for 3 for the day. Adam  had a 2 RBI double and a single while Jeremiah had 2 singles and 1 RBI. Other contributors were Ramon Osuna with a double, Parker Hudson RBI single with a SAC RBI. Will Spearman and Cory Thompson had a single each.  

The Mavs travel to Laurens, SC on Monday to play the 3/10/2010 rained out game and play Brynes at home on Tuesday. Friday, Mavs are at Dorman. 

"GO MAVS"

 

Mckie keys Mavs past Yellow Jackets -  Mauldin moves into semifinals  

By Willie T. Smith III • Staff writer • April 1, 2010

After watching Mauldin High defeat Greer 13-4 on Wednesday for its third straight win in the Game-On Greenville County Baseball Championship, Mavericks coach Jim Maciejewski is excited about the future for his team and the tournament.

I think it is great,” said Maciejewski of the tournament, which is in its first year. “I think it is a great thing for Greenville County. I think it is a good thing for the kids. What would you rather do over spring break than wake up and go get ready to play baseball?”

The Mavericks will wake up and get ready to play at 11 a.m. today, when they play at Eastside against the winner of Wednesday night's game between the Eagles and Hillcrest.

Mauldin scored five runs in the second inning and two in the third to race to a 7-0 lead against the Yellow Jackets, who fell to 1-2 in the tourney.

Jeremiah McKie led the Mauldin offense. Batting ninth, McKie was 4-for-4 with three RBIs.

“Any time you get a chance to win anything it is a good thing,” McKie said. “I think we're all excited to be in the tournament and to playing well. I think virtually everyone in the lineup got a hit today, which is great.”

The Yellow Jackets finally made some noise in the fifth inning when they strung together three hits and capitalized on two errors to score three runs.

Mauldin responded immediately, scoring two in the sixth.

The only home run of the game was hit in the sixth by Greer's Dan Palka, who has signed to play at Georgia Tech, drilled a ball well over the center field wall.

That didn't faze Mauldin. The Mavericks scored four runs in their final at-bat to improve to 8-6 and remain undefeated in the tournament.

As a team I think we're in a good position and getting better,” McKie said. “I think we should do well in the region and definitely make the playoffs.”

 

Coach Maciejewski

 

Ranz Bodison photo credit Gwinn Davis

Alex Hebert   photo credit Gwinn Davis

3/26/2009 - Mauldin VS Hillcrest

 

The Mauldin Mavericks traveled across town to visit arch rival - the Hillcrest Rams. Hillcrest pulled off a 5 to 4 win. Layton Meacham pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing 6 walks, 3 hits and 3 strikeouts. Will Spearman came on to finish the game allowing 1 walk and striking out 1. 

Ramon Osuna led the charge with 1 single RBI and a 2 run home run over left field. Jared Hudson pushed across one run with a triple down the left field line. Other contributors included Parker Hudson with a double and and Spencer Peay with a single.

Next week the Mavs will participate in the Greenville County Spring Break Tournament.

"GO MAVS"

 the win on the mound throwing an efficient 4 inning, 50 pitch outing. 

 

Will Spearman is safe!  photo credit Gwinn Davis

Adam Chamberlain makes the hit.  photo credit Gwinn Davis

3/25/2009 - Mauldin VS Greer

 

The Mavs lost to Greer 3 to 1 on Thursday night at home. Steve Byerley got the nod to start the game on the bump. Steve pitched 4 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 walk and striking out 4 batters. Kyle Peterman came in for the relief for 1 and 1/3 inning allowing 3 hits and Parker Hudson closed the game allowing 1 walk and striking out 2. 

Mavs had difficultly generating any offense. The Mavs offense was led by Jared Hudson and Ranz Bodison with 2 hits each. Ramon Osuna, Will Spearman and Andrew Cantrell each had one hit. 

 

 

3/23/2009 - Mauldin VS Boiling Springs

 

The Mavs suffered a 6 - 1 loss to Boiling Springs last evening.

The Mavs didn't generate any offensive until the sixth inning, which was too late.   Adam Chamberlain was the starting pitcher completing 5 1/3 innings giving up 8 hits, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Kyle Peterman came in to finish the game allowing 1 hit and 1 strikeout.

Offensively, the Mavs as a team had only 4 hits. Pete Wilkes generated the only spark for the Mavs with a ground-rule double to right field. Other offensive contributors were Ranz Bodison, Grayson Godino and Jeremiah McKie each with a single.

The Mavs (Varsity only) will host Greer (Postponed due to rain) on Thursday, 7 PM at Carlin McClain Field in Mauldin.

Please come out and support your Maudin Baseball Program! 

"GO MAVS" 


3/19/2009 - Mauldin VS Spartanburg

 

The Mauldin Mavs hosted the Spartanburg Vikings on Friday and pulled off a big Regional win with a score of 4 - 3.

Ramon Osuna and Ranz Bodison led the Mavs offensive charge with 2 singles each. Joe Jackson came up big when he drove in two crucial runs with a hard hit double down the first base line. This was the hit of the game that put the Mavs on top by one run. Other offensively contributors were Grayson Godino and Jeremiah McKie with a single each.

Defensively, Cory Thompson started on the mound and threw four innings giving up 6 hits with 2 strikeout. Layton Meacham came in at the top of the fifth and closed the game. He allowed only 1 hit and struck out one.

The Mavs travel to Boiling Springs on Tuesday.

"GO MAVS"
 

3/18/2009 - Mauldin VS Greer

 

Thursday evening the Mavs traveled to Greer for revenge from the Tournament of Horns.

The Mavs jumped on the Yellow Jackets early and often for a final score of 12 to 1.

Defensively, Steve Byerley pitched four innings allowing 3 hits, 4 walks with 2 strikeouts. He was relieved by Kyle Peterman, Will Spearman and Layton Meacham allowing 1 hit with 1 strikeout each.

Offensively, the Mavs had a field day. Cory Thompson led the charge going 5 for 5 for the day (4 singles, 1 double, 3 RBIs). Ramon Osuna and Joe Jackson also had a perfect game. Ramon had 2 hits and 2 walks while Joe had 1 double,1 RBI and 3 walks. Other Mavs contributors were Parker Hudson with 2 hits and 1RBI, Ranz Bodison with 1 single, 1 triple and 2 RBIs. Jeremiah McKie and Spencer Peay contributed with 1 hit each. Grayson Godino and Adam Chamberlain each generated 1 RBI with SAC bunt and a SAC fly respectively.

The Mavs (JV and Varsity) host Spartanburg this evening.

Come out and support your MAVS. "GO MAVS"

 

3/16/2009 - Mauldin VS Dorman

 

Mavs WinThe Mauldin Mavs opened Regional Play with a big 7 - 3 win at home over Dorman Tuesday evening.

The Mavs sticks were hot early in the game which generated 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Offensively the Mavs were led by Ranz Bodison, who went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a single. Other contributors were Parker Hudson, Joe Jackson, Adam Chamberlain, and Grayson Godino with 1 hit each. Ramon Osuna and Cory Thompson both pitched in with 2 RBI Doubles.

Adam Chamberlain pitched the complete game giving up 4 hits and recording 6 strikeouts.

The Mavs travel to Greer on Thursday and plays Spartanburg at home on Friday.

"Go MAVS"

 

3/8/2009 - Mauldin VS T.L. Hanna

 

Mavs LoseThe Mavs Varsity Baseball team opened their season with a 4 - 2 loss at T L Hanna.

Defensively, Adam Chamberlain pitched 5 Innings racking up 3 strikeouts with Layton Meacham coming in as a reliever for final 1.5 Innings for 1 strikeout.

Offensively, the Mavs were led by Parker Hudson with 2 hits. Romon Osuna drove in the Mavs' only two runs with a double to left center field. Other offensively contributors were Joe Jackson, Adam Chamberlain and Ranz Bodison, all with one hit each.

Wednesday, the Mavs (JV and Varsity) travel to Laurens, SC to take on the Laurens Raiders.

 


VARSITY SCHEDULE

VARSITY BASEBALL ROSTER

Click on a column header to sort

No. Name Pos Year
1 Steve Byerley OF/P JR
2 Ranz Bodison INF JR
3 Jeremiah McKie OF JR
4 Will Spearman INF/P JR
5 Dwight Collins C/1B SR
6 Andrew Cantrell OF JR
9 Logan Stroud INF SR
11 Layton Meacham P/1B SO
12 Corey Thompson INF/P FR
14 Parker Hudson OF/P SR
15 Kyle Peterman Pitcher JR
17 Joe Jackson Catcher SR
18 Pete Wilkes OF JR
20 Jared Hudson OF/P SR
25 Grayson Godino INF FR
27 Brandon Dyer 3B/P JR
31 Adam Chamberlain P/1B SR

 


 Gwinn Davis photo gallery of Signing Day

Congratulations to Mauldin Senior Baseball player Joe Jackson! 

 Joe will continue his baseball career with the Citadel in the Fall of 2010!

photo credit Gwinn Davis

November 12, 2009

Shoeless Joe’s descendant advances baseball career

The Citadel awards scholarship to Mauldin’s Jackson

By Bob Castello
Staff Writer

MAULDIN -- Joe Jackson, a senior at Mauldin High, said his father usually wears the ring.

But on Wednesday, the day Jackson signed a baseball scholarship with The Citadel, he wore the 1917 World Series ring that belonged to his great-great-great uncle -- “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

“This is the third time I’ve worn it,” Joe Jackson said of the ring the former baseball great passed on to young Joe’s father’s side of the family.

Jackson said he takes pride in being related to “Shoeless” Joe, and he looks forward to continuing his own career at The Citadel.

“Everybody says he’s a throwback baseball player,” said Mauldin coach Jim Maciejewski, adding that Jackson is “a great all-around kid” equally devoted to academics and athletics.

Jackson, an All-Region 2-AAAA selection entering his third season as the Mavericks’ starting catcher, visited Wofford College and drew interest from Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina and the Naval Academy.

But he was surprised when he visited The Citadel.

“I’d heard some things, but it’s nothing like what people think it is,” Jackson said. “A lot of people make it military-based, but it’s just college-based for baseball players.”

Jackson said playing Division I baseball is “a dream come true,” and he’d like to follow his famous relative into the big leagues.

“But you’ve got to take those baby steps first,” he said. “I’m going to play college baseball. That’s all that matters right now.”

 

 February 3, 2010 College signing day

 

Adam Chamberlain and Parker Hudson Baseball signing

Parker Hudson signs with Spartanburg Methodist Baseball team

Adam Chamberlain signs with University of South Carolina - Sumter Baseball team