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June 29, 2008

College report: Phegley holding out hope to make national baseball team

Josh Phegley is still clinging to a slim hope of being named to USA Baseball’s National Team, which continues a series of exhibition games through Tuesdays and then departs for Europe.

The Indiana University junior catcher was not named to the 20-man roster last week after struggling at the plate during a 12-game series of games at the team’s trials. The final two spots on the team’s roster were to be added this weekend, and on Saturday the team added Fresno State shortstop Tommy Mendonca.

Only two catchers — Micah Gibbs of Louisiana State and Ryan Lipkin of San Francisco — are currently on the roster.

Phegley played in eight of the 12 games in the trials, starting five, and was the starting catcher batting third in the order in the first game. Phegley was 2-for-9 at the plate after his first two games, but did not get another hit in 14 at-bats and finished the trials hitting .087 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI.

Three other catchers are also waiting to see if they can be given the team’s final spot, Ryan Ortiz of Oregon State, Tommy Medica of Santa Clara and Ben Petralli of Oral Roberts.

A total of 38 players were in contention for the 22 spots on the team.

The USA team will play Chinese Taipei today at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, then will travel to the USA National Training Center at Cary, N.C., on Monday for two final exhibitions before taking off for the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, the post-season honors for Phegley continue to roll in. The Terre Haute North grad and 2006 Mr. Baseball was named an ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, and also to the 2008 ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Team. Phegley was a first team selection at catcher,

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