Two former Sullivan High School baseball standouts are winding up their college baseball careers with outstanding senior seasons.
Korey Grow is one of the top hitters for Huntington and has also emerged as a relief pitching specialist, while Shane Noble is one of the top hitters for Bellarmine (Ky.) College.
Grow had a big day on Thursday as the Foresters took both games of a doubleheader from Indiana Wesleyan University, winning the first game 3-1 in eight innings and the second 10-0 in five.
In the opener, Grow came on in relief of starter Michael Dalton in the bottom of the eighth and picked up his sixth save on the year.
In the nightcap, Huntington got seven runs in the top of the second keyed by a two-run single from Grow, who led the Foresters at the plate with three hits and three RBI.
Huntington is now 22-10, and Grow is fourth on the team in hitting at .368. He has 12 doubles, three home runs, 32 RBI and 22 runs scored. He has pitched in 14 games, with a 1-3 record but a sparkling 2.95 ERA. Grow has six saves and 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings while walking just five.
Noble is sixth on the Bellarmine team in batting average at .301, and leads the 22-15 Knights in home runs with six. Noble, son of former Golden Arrow standout Charley Noble, has eight doubles, 35 RBI, 28 runs scored, and 63 total bases.
Noble has eight two-hit games this year, one three-hit game and one four-hit game. The senior cleanup hitter has a 12-game hitting streak earlier this season, and leads the team with 12 multiple RBI games – nine games with two RBI and three games with three RBI.
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• One that got away — Former Terre Haute resident Jeff Grantham had a career day for St. John’s University’s baseball team on Tuesday.
The senior shortstop had a career-high six RBIs as the Red Storm routed Hofstra, 19-5, in non-conference action. Grantham also added his first career home run, a three-run blast to account for half the runs in a second-inning outburst.
In the sixth inning, St. John's scored two more times to open up a 14-2 lead, one scoring on an RBI single by Grantham.
The Red Storm offense was not done, however, and plated five more runs in the eighth to go up 19-5. With one out, two runners reached on a hit by a pitch and a single and Grantham followed with an RBI single.
Grantham, who is the team captain, is hitting .263 with two doubles, one homer and 10 RBI. He has made 30 putouts and 55 assists with only three errors for a .966 fielding percentage.
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• Odum, McLeish add to short list — With recent signings of Terre Haute South’s Zach Odum (Wabash Valley College) and South Vermillion’s Jenni McLeish (Lake Land College), the small number of Valley athletes going on to continue college hoops careers grew a little bit.
Area teams were heavily dominated by underclassmen this season, thereby reducing the number of players moving on to an uncharacteristically low number. The only other area seniors known to be moving on at this date are Terre Haute South’s Megan Craft (Vincennes), Martinsville’s Heidi Dahnke (Illinois-Chicago) and Casey-Westfield’s Logan Boyd (Greenville).
South grad Jay Smith will continue his career at Eastern Illinois after two successful seasons at Trinity Valley Community College, while former Brave Travis Davis is also expected to move on after a successful sophomore season at Illinois Central in which he was named to the all-Region XXIV team.
Commitments have already been made by South’s Dragana Grbic (Butler) and Rockville’s R.J. Mahurin (Indiana State), with many more members of the class of 2009 undoubtedly joining that list over the next year.
• Woods adds more local flavor — South Vermillion catcher Sondra Blake has decided to play her college softball at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, joining Chelsey Myers of Riverton Parke and surely many other local standouts in becoming future Pomeroys.
Other softball players recently finalizing college plans were North Central’s Megan Cox (Olney Central) and Jacki Porter (Wabash Valley).
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two former Sullivan High School baseball standouts are winding up their college baseball careers with outstanding senior seasons.
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