CMU baseball stocked-up for spring

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The Mavericks baseball team won't have the towering twins - Jeff Popick, Dustin Fackrell - in the middle of their lineup this spring.

While that may concern fans who continue to adore Popick's production in the minors with the Grand Junction Rockies, CMU's head coach, Chris Hanks, is preparing for another powerful lineup.

On Wednesday, the Mavs released their list of players who have signed intent letters to play for Colorado Mesa this school year.

Making the list were two hitters from the upper-echelon of the Junior College ranks. Bobby Pappin played for Western Nevada C.C., and played three games for the Wildcats in the 2012 JUCO World Series.

Hanks also points out Kennedy Kinkade as a potential home-run king. Kinkade was a first baseman at Salt Lake C.C. in 2012 - the team that lost to W. Nevada in the regional finals en route to the JUCO World Series.

The Mavs also gained a great home-state talent for the next four years. Tony Audino of Highlands Ranch High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., is set to play ball in Grand Junction.

Audino was a member of the All-Colorado Team in the spring. He's a righty with the power to play short and accuracy to pitch.

Below is a full list of the 13 players that intend to play with CMU beginning in the spring of 2013:

Tony Audino, INF/P, Highlands Ranch H.S. (Colo.)
Tyler Dunnington, RHP, College of Southern Idaho
Kennedy Kinkade, 1B, Salt Lake C.C.
Joey Danner, RHP, Glendale C.C. (AZ)
Jeff Wilson, RHP, Scottsdale, C.C. (AZ)
Cody Ray, OF, Centralia, C.C. (WA)
Bobby Pappin, OF, Western Nevada C.C.
Matt Allen, RHP, Rocky Mountain H.S. (Colo.)
Trent Allianic, RHP, Ohlone C.C.
Brian Green, RHP, Prosper H.S. (Tex)
Taylor Hagar, 1B/3B, Cathedral City H.S. (Cali.)
Trevor Moheit, RHP, Murrieta Mesa H.S. (Cali.)
Greg Reynolds, MIF, Silver Creek H.S. (Colo.)

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