Centenary Baseball Signs Four in Early Period
Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Shreveport—Centenary baseball coach Ed McCann has announced the signing of four players during the early period. Curtis Grimes, Chad Harper, Beaux Waddell, and Chris Wilson comprise the largest fall signing class in McCann’s five years at the helm of the program.

Curtis Grimes is a 6’3”, 175-pound right-handed pitcher from Big Sandy, Tex., and Harmony High School. He posted a 1.61 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 86 innings of work during his junior season. Also expected to bolster the Gents pitching staff is left-hander Chad Harper. Harper is 6’3” and 200 pounds out of Panola JC and Mt. Vernon, Tex.

“Curtis is an outstanding young pitcher who we expect will be something special here at Centenary,” said McCann. “Chad will add experience and a quality arm to our pitching staff.”

The Gents also signed two position players, both out of the high school ranks. Shreveport native Beaux Waddell is a 5’10”, 165-pound shortstop from Southwood High School. He batted .457 as a junior while serving as a teammate to Nick Cardone, a freshman on the Centenary squad this season. The Gents will also receive help at first base and outfield with the addition of Chris Wilson from Rancho Cucamonca, Calif. The 6’1”, 185-pound senior it .430 last season at the prep level.

“Beaux is an exciting player who is going to contribute significantly to the future of our ball club,” said McCann. “Chris is a special player who will add athleticism as well as a smooth left-handed swing to our lineup.”

Centenary will begin play in the Mid-Continent Conference for the first time in February and will serve as the host site for the Mid-Con Baseball Tournament in late May. The winner of the tournament will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.