College Sports

2 area hurlers hoping decisions pay off

Zac Fuesser and Ryan Hinson have a couple of common bonds.

Both are pitchers, and the two have also delayed their entrance into professional baseball to continue college careers during the 2009 season.

Fuesser, a former York Comprehensive High School left-hander, is a freshman at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn.

Fuesser, the 2008 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, was chosen in the 19th round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Atlanta Braves but decided to attend the junior college.

Hinson, out of Northwestern, is a rising senior at Clemson. The southpaw was taken in the 31st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the June draft. It was the second time Hinson had been drafted. He was selected out of high school by the Boston Red Sox.

• ERSKINE: Lexi Wilden, who played her prep soccer at Fort Mill, scored a pair of second-half goals in a recent 4-2 Conference Carolinas victory over Coker.

Wilden is part of a strong freshman class which includes former Chester standout Annie Wilson.

The Flying Fleet is 5-12 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

• GARDNER-WEBB: Bulldogs backup linebacker William Mines, who played his prep football at Fort Mill, has helped G-W's football team to a 4-4 overall record and a 1-1 Big South Conference mark.

Mines, a 5-11, 225-pound junior, has played in seven games for the Bulldogs, registering four assists.

The Bulldogs visit Stony Brook at 3 p.m. on Saturday for a conference game.

• HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY: Defensive back Jonathan Meeks helped the Tigers to a 58-0 football victory over Radford on Oct. 19 with his play in the secondary.

The 6-2, 195-pound Meeks, a former Rock Hill standout, intercepted a pair of Highlander passes as the Tigers, based in Chatham, Va., notched their eighth straight victory.

• WINTHROP: Former Eagles left-handed pitcher Jeremy Plexico has received an honor by Baseball America, being selected to the national publication's All-Independent Leagues second team.

Plexico, a 28-year-old native of Chapin, spent the 2008 season with the Gary RailCats of the Independent Northern League after being released by the Washington Nationals organization. Plexico signed with the RailCats on April 16.

Plexico was 10-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 21 starts for the RailCats. He led the Northern League in wins and was named Pitcher of the Month in June and Pitcher of the Week three times. He was also the starting and winning hurler in the Northern League All-Star Game.

Plexico was a 19th-round pick of the Montreal Expos in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Winthrop. He spent a little over five seasons in the Expos-Nationals organization before being given his release.