Fort Mill's Lisk continues hot play in Frontier League

Former Fort Mill High School catcher Charlie Lisk has been hammering independent Frontier League pitching.

A slugger for the Gateway Grizzlies, Lisk had a six-game streak for the Sauget, Ill., team when he hit .440 (11-for-25) with 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

The right-handed hitting Lisk took over the league lead in homers (nine) and RBIs (27) with his streak.

In four games during the stretch, Lisk was 9-for-17 (.529) with nine runs scored and eight RBIs.

Lisk was batting .323 with his nine homers and 27 RBIs heading into the final days of last week.

Former Fort Mill pitcher Brandon Williams was the beneficiary of one of Lisk's hot games, gaining his fourth victory in five decisions. Williams ranks fourth in the Frontier League in strikeouts with 32.

• CHANGES & MORE CHANGES: The Charlotte Knights have undergone a major face lift since the start of the International League season on April 3. Only 14 active players remain from the 27-man opening-day roster, which included a couple of players on the disabled list.

Left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard has been one of the most impressive additions. The Chicago White Sox's eighth-round choice in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Michigan, is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

Richard was 6-6 with a 2.47 ERA, 53 strikeouts and 16 walks in 83 2-3 innings at Double-A Birmingham prior to his promotion.

The Knights have strengthened themselves in recent weeks, adding outfielder David Cook, infielder Javier Castillo and pitcher Derek Rodriguez from Birmingham. Right-handed pitcher D.J. Carrasco was activated from the disabled list.

The White Sox organization let several players go, releasing right-handed pitchers Rob Bell and Matt Anderson. And veteran infielder Gookie Dawkins was traded to the Kansas City Royals organization for cash considerations.

Highly-regarded third baseman Josh Fields went on the disabled list for the second time this season and outfielder Dewayne Wise was called to Chicago after Paul Konerko went down with an injury.

Right-handed pitcher Esteban Loaiza joined the Knights on a major league rehab assignment from the White Sox.

• METS HAVENS: Former South Carolina shortstop Reese Havens, the New York Mets' first-round pick in this month's First-Year Player Draft, has signed with the National League team for a reported $1.4 million.

Havens, the 22nd overall draft selection, will begin his professional career with the Mets' Brooklyn entry in the short-season New York-Penn League.

Havens, an infielder and Sullivan's Island native, hit .359 with 13 doubles, 18 homers and 57 RBIs in 63 games for the Gamecocks this past season.

• EXTRA BASES: Stanford has a couple of familiar names on its roster during the College World Series. RHP Michael Marshall is the son of ex-major league hurler Mike Marshall. RHP/3B Austin Yount is the son of former major league pitcher Larry Yount and the nephew of ex-big league SS Robin Yount ... Ex-Coastal Carolina C Dock Doyle, the New York Mets' fifth-round draft pick, has signed and has been sent to Kingsport of the rookie advanced Appalachian League. Kingsport is managed by ex-Charlotte Knights skipper Nick Leyva ... Former Francis Marion RHP Dylan Owen, who pitched for the Rock Hill Sox in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League in 2005, threw an inning in the recent Florida State League All-Star Game. Owen is with St. Lucie, a N.Y. Mets farm team ... OF Justin Greene, another former FMU Patriot, was the 20th pick of the Chicago White Sox in this month's draft. He signed and is with Bristol of the Appalachian League.