Patriot baseball inks two from Easley

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FLORENCE — Jameson Spitzmiller and Casey Woody, both of Easley, have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at Francis Marion University.

The announcement was made by Art Inabinet, head baseball coach at Francis Marion. Spitzmiller is an infielder and Woody is a catcher.

Inabinet also announced the signing of infielder Braden Cox of Lexington, infielder Kyle Edler of Winter Springs, Fla., outfielder and right-handed pitcher Cole Hinnant of Clayton, N.C., right-handed pitcher David McGuire of Oakton, Va., right-handed pitcher Justin Olczak of Greensboro, N.C., and right-handed pitcher Will Taks of Columbia.

“This is a very talented group that I am looking forward to working with,” said Inabinet. “These freshmen include some very athletic position players and several pitchers that could make an impact this spring. We have filled some needs, and all of these student-athletes have the potential to contribute in 2016.”

Spitzmiller (5-10, 170 pounds) and Woody (6-1, 170 pounds) both come to Francis Marion from Easley High School, where they played for coaches Roger Finley and Josh Warner.

Spitzmiller batted .400 with 30 runs scored, 15 doubles, and 15 stolen bases, while also excelling in the classroom and being selected to the Honors Society.

Woody, an All-Region pick in 2014, also batted .400. Both players are also members of the South Carolina District 1 host team that will participate in the 2015 Big League World Series later this month.

Francis Marion finished the 2015 campaign with a 28-19 record and placed seventh during the Peach Belt Conference regular season.

These newcomers join four transfers that were previously announced: catcher Logan Koch of Simpsonville, and right-handed pitchers John McGinty of Grand Island, N.Y., Connor Pate of McColl, and Zac Burke of Lancaster, Pa.

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