Gents Baseball Signs Four in Early Period
Wednesday, November 17, 2004

SHREVEPORT - Centenary baseball head coach Ed McCann has announced that four players have signed national letters of intent to play for the Gents for the 2006 season.  James Baker, Derek Bross, Matthew McGlathery, and Ben Wilson match last years total for most fall signees since McCann took over the program in 1999.


            Baker is the only player with collegiate experience of the three, having played at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.  He was named Honorable Mention All-State and made the All Regional Tournament team as a freshman for the Bruins, hitting .320 with nine homeruns and 50 RBI.


            “Jimmy has put up great numbers at the JUCO level and we feel he will do the same here,” said McCann.  “He is an ideal corner infielder with power potential.  We feel like he will step right into the middle of our lineup, adding depth and power.”


            Joining Baker from the state of Michigan will be Bross from St. Joseph High School.  He went 6-3 with three saves, 85 strikeouts, and a 1.44 ERA as a junior, leading him to be named All-District while helping his squad win the District Championship. 


            “We are very exited about Derek joining our program,” McCann said about the prospect of another solid pitcher.  “We feel like he could be an impact player as a freshman, which says a lot about his potential.”


            McGlathery is from Lake Charles and has already earned several in-state accolades.  He hit .390 and was named second-team All-District as a sophomore in 2003, and All-District and All-Southwest Louisiana while hitting .387 as a junior in 2004. 


            “Matt is a quality individual with a bright future; a solid corner guy with the ability to be a very good college hitter,” said McCann.


            Rounding out the class is Wilson, a right-handed pitcher from Edinboro, Pennsylvania.  An All-Conference pitcher, he maintains a 4.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale while compiling 49 strikeouts and a 3.23 ERA on the field.


            “Ben is an exceptional student-athlete,” McCann said.  “He was number one in his class and is a great fit here at Centenary.  He has a sidearm delivery that hitters really have trouble picking up and as his body matures, his stuff will only get better.”