Former Gent Adkison Promoted to Idaho Falls, Gilliam Signs Minor League Contract
Monday, July 4, 2005

Bobby Gilliam

SHREVEPORT – Two former Centenary baseball players are continuing their playing careers as they advance through the minor league ranks.  Blake Adkison was promoted to the Idaho Falls Chukers (R-Adv.) in the Kansas City Royals farm system while Bobby Gilliam signed with the Ohio Valley Redcoats of the Independent Frontier League.  Adkison was previously with the Arizona League Royals (R) and Gilliam played locally with the Shreveport Sports.


Since joining the Chukers, Adkison has posted a .302 batting average with four home runs and 11 RBI is 12 games.


Gilliam joined the Redcoats after the Independence Day holiday and is expected to make his debut this week.


Both Adkison and Gilliam are record holders at Centenary.  Gilliam hold the record for career at-bats (747), runs scored (184), stolen bases (79), and walks (136).  He is tied for second all-time in games played in a season (60), career hits (226), and is fifth all time in career total bases (283).


Adkison became just the sixth player in Gents history to hit three home runs in the same game, and is the most recent of six players to have walked four times in one game.  He also holds the single season record for putouts at 478, holds the seventh best season batting average at .395, and the third best slugging percentage in a season at .757.  Adkison’s 16 homers in 2004 rank him fourth best in a season.


Centenary College is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 890. Founded in 1825 and located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.