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Saylor is 'go-to guy' in Avon

By admin Published: July 28, 2009

On June 23 NewsFlashes told you about three former KSU baseball players who are apart of the new expansion minor league team in Avon, the Lake Erie Crushers.  Andrew Davis and J.J. Pacella join Drew Saylor who represent the Blue and Gold.  Saylor (Wadsworth) is really capturing the opportunity.  Saylor has become a mainstay at second base and in the two spot in the lineup.  The 25 year old Saylor was hitting .302 going into Sunday's action.  Saylor has matured since he started playing professional baseball.  “When I first got drafted, I saw myself as a power hitter instead of being gap-to-gap with occasional power," Saylor told the Medina Gazette.  "I think that’s just part of maturing, and that’s how the guys in the big leagues get to the big leagues. They understand what type of player they are and they hone that in and figure that out, day in and day out."  It has been a bonus that Saylor is so close to home.  “A lot of people from where I work in Wadsworth, my friends and stuff, they also come up to see me play," Saylor said.  "You just have that support system that’s around you. That gives you that relaxation and easy feeling, that hominess that I’ve been searching for.”

Read the full story in the Medina Gazette.

Dave Carducci from the Record Courier is taking the "wait and see" approach when thinking about his expectations for the 2009 Kent State football season.  MAC Football Media Day will take place this Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.  Head Coach Doug Martin, RB Eugene Jarvis and FS Brian Lainhart will represent the Golden Flashes. 

In recruiting news, quarterback Gabe Henderson has given his verbal commitment to the Golden Flashes.  Henderson is from North Carolina and according to this report, will remain open to the recruiting process should another school make an offer.

The Kent State men's basketball program has extended a scholarship offer to Rayvonte Rice, a 6-2, 190 pound shooting guard from Champaign, Illinois.  Rice's AAU basketball team is competing in the AAU national tournament this week as reported by recruiting expert Steve Hare at the Kent Sports Report.

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