Former Indiana State pitcher Ryan Tatusko signed a contract with the Texas Rangers organization earlier this week, after being drafted in the 18th round (No. 560) of the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Tatusko, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star, was to have flown to Arizona last Tuesday for a mini-camp, then expected to head on to Spokane, Wash. this weekend. If that came to pass, he would play for the Spokane Indians (Class A -short season) of the Northwest League, their season beginning on Tuesday.

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Greenville Drive hurlers Daniel Bard and Ryan Phillips tossed a combined no-hitter to Kannapolis in a game shortened to six innings due to rain on Monday.

Greenville's closest previous brush with a no-hitter was May 29, 2006, when former Indiana State pitcher Chris Jones and relievers Ismael Casillas and Hunter Jones allowed one hit over nine innings vs. the Augusta GreenJackets.

Last Sunday, just a day earlier than the aforementioned no-hitter, Jones made his another bid for the record, allowing just one hit and one run over seven innings for the victory in a 15-4 win at Rome.

Jones earned his second win of the week in a 5-3 victory vs. Columbus on Friday. Jones allowed three runs, six hits in six innings, fanning eight and walked just one batter to improve his record to 5-4.

In the Columbus game, Jones did not pitch against former teammate Nevin Ashley, who did not play.

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John Purdom is making his bid for more playing time as a catcher with the Carolina Mudcats, if his last three games are any indication.

Just playing three games in a span of nine days, Purdom drove in three runs in each of those games. Also, since joining the Florida organization from the Cincinnati organization, he began as the team’s third-string catcher and is now one of only two catchers on the Double-A team.

• On June 7, Purdom was 3 for 4 with three RBI.

• Purdom capped a three-RBI day last Sunday with a sacrifice fly — his second of the game — in the 11th inning as Carolina edged visiting Tennessee 5-4. He also hit his first home run of the season in that game.

• After sitting out the next four days, he was 1 for 2 with a double and three RBI in a 6-4 loss vs. Chattanooga.

Through Friday’s game, Purdom has driven in nine runs in just 18 at bats.

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Josh Phegley, formerly of Terre Haute North and who just finished his freshman year at Indiana University, drove in the winning run to lead the visiting Wareham (Mass.) Gatemen to a 5-2 victory over the Falmouth Commodores in their season opener in the Cape Cod Baseball League on Friday.

Falmouth took a 2-0 lead into the top of the ninth inning, but Phegley delivered the game-winning blow amidst the Gatemen’s last-inning five-run rally. Phegley was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI.

The CCBL regular season lasts until Aug. 8.

Meanwhile, Phegley’s former teammate (North and Wayne Newton) Nick Ciolli, a freshman outfielder for ISU last season, is listed on the roster of the (Fairbanks) Alaska Goldpanners summer collegiate league team. Their season also began on Friday and runs until Aug. 1.

Alumni of the Goldpanners include such notables as Tom Seaver, Barry Bonds and Rick Monday.

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In other news of former Indiana State and Wabash Valley players:

• Clint Barmes — Barmes has hit safely in his last 11 games as a starter through Friday, but the streak is officially just two games as he did not bat as a late-inning defensive replacement on Wednesday. He was 10 for 29 this week, with three doubles, two triples and six RBIs.

• Alex Graman — Graman did not pitch this week for the Seibu Lions.

• Mitch Stetter — Stetter remains on the Nashville disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis.

• Joe Thatcher — Thatcher did not allow a run in 21/3 innings covering three relief appearances this week. He allowed just two hits, fanned three, allowing no walks. He notched his fourth hold in a 6-5 win at Memphis on Wednesday.

• Ronnie Prettyman — Prettyman has hit safely in six straight games through Friday. This week, he was 9 for 19 — raising his batting average from .213 to .266 — with a pair of doubles and his first home run of the season.

• John Purdom — Purdom was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a home run and six RBI — three in each game — in his only two starts last week. In his last three games he is 5 for 8, raising his batting average from .000 to .227.

• Matt Zaleski — Zaleski lasted just four innings in his only start of the week last Sunday. He allowed three runs, five hits with a walk and a strikeout, getting a no decision in an eventual 6-4 win vs. Wilmington.

• Brian Omogrosso — Omogrosso made two relief appearances this week, recording his first two holds of the season. On Tuesday, he pitched two shutout innings in a 8-3 win vs. Potomac. On Friday, he allowed two runs (one earned) in two innings — fanning four, walking four — of a 9-5 win at Wilmington.

• Chris Jones — Jones won both his starts this week for Greenville. In the two outings, he pitched a combined 13 innings, allowing four runs, seven hits, with our walks and 12 strikeouts. He has now fanned 72 batters in 69 innings.

• Nevin Ashley — Ashley played in just four games this week (one off day, two days rested). He was hitless in his first 10 at bats, then was 2 for 3, hitting his sixth home run of the season with two RBIs on Thursday.

• Blake Holler — Holler made two relief appearances for Cedar Rapids this week, allowing one run in 31/3 innings. In his second outing on Tuesday, he fanned five batters in his two innings. On Wednesday, according to minorleaguebaseball. com, he was reassigned to the minors and is now listed on the roster of his last year’s team, the Orem Owlz (Pioneer League, rookie). Orem’s season begins on Tuesday.

• Aric LeClair — LeClair made three relief appearances this week. On June 9, he entered a 1-1 game in the ninth inning, but allowed a run in his one inning, picking up his second loss as the Road Warriors’ were defeated at Bridgeport. On Tuesday, he allowed one run in two innings, getting a no decision in a 9-3 loss at Newark. On Friday, he allowed no runs in 11/3 innings of a 4-0 loss at Somerset.

• Chris Hall — Hall finished the week fifth in the Frontier League’s batting average race, hitting at a .386 clip. Last week, he was 15 for 32 (.469) with a double and a pair of home runs. He has now hit safely in his last 11 games.

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