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Paint Valley Grad & Mt. Vernon University Star Pitcher Signs With Chillicothe Paints

Presented By Chillicothe VAMC

(Chillicothe) The Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, announce the signing of pitcher Cruz McFadden for the upcoming season, which begins on the road at Champion City Wednesday, June 1.

McFadden is currently in his sophomore season at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and, as of April 25, is the NAIA’s national saves leader with 12. He also owns the Cougars’ all-time save record with 21 – breaking the record earlier this season when he grabbed his 17th career save in a March 29 win over Goshen College.

Having appeared in 18 games so far this season, McFadden has thrown 25 innings, striking out 32 batters and walking only six. His ERA currently sits at 3.33 and opponents are hitting just .250 against him.

The 6-foot-1 Chillicothe native owns a career 3.42 ERA over parts of two seasons with the Cougars, striking out 56 and walking 15 over 50 innings pitched. His 21 saves have come in 36 appearances, not all of which have been save situations.

McFadden is familiar with playing at VA Memorial Stadium, having played a number of high school contests at the venerable ballpark while playing for Paint Valley High School before graduating in 2020. In his first two season as a Bearcat, McFadden struck out over 100 batters. As a sophomore in 2018, he earned five win, while striking out 78 and amassing an ERA of 1.93. Following the season, he was named first-team All-Scioto Valley Conference and second-team All-District. The pitcher was unable to play his junior season due to Tommy John surgery and his senior season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cruz grew so much as a leader during his junior season (2019 when we lost to Wheelersburg in district play),” said Paint Valley head coach Shane Combs. “Even while not playing, he was still committed to his team from the start of preseason all the way to the district tournament. He worked so hard and was throwing so well when his senior season (2020) got shut down. That was a tough year for our program not to get to see that team play, but it feels good to see guys like Cruz, Lane (Ruby), and Brock (Blanton) throw at the next level.”

Teays Valley Grad Signs With Chillicothe Paints

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, announce the signing of outfielder Brett Carson for the upcoming 2022 season, which begins on the road at Champion City on Wednesday, June 1st.

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Carson is currently a senior (due to COVID-19 canceling the 2020 season, he is considered a junior athletically) at the top-ranked team in the nation in Division 3, Marietta College, contributing as both a pitcher and an outfielder.

So far this season (as of April 20) on the mound, Carson is 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA over nine appearances, including eight starts, allowing just 14 runs over 36 1/3 innings, while striking out 40 and allowing opponents to hit just .261 against him. 

At the plate, Carson owns a .394 batting average, collecting 37 hits in 94 at bats, including 12 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 23 RBIs. He has also stolen six bases on seven attempts and owns a perfect fielding percentage on the defensive side.

Carson spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Muskingum University, where he played in 79 games, hitting .371 with 26 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 28 RBIs for the Muskies. During the 2021 season, Carson started all 31 games, primarily in centerfield, leading the Muskies in home runs (4), runs batted in (28), runs scored (26) and stolen bases (7), while ranking fourth in the Ohio Althletic Conference with a .405 batting average. For his efforts, Carson was named first-team All-OAC.

An Ashville, Ohio, native, Carson is a graduate of Teays Valley High School, where he played soccer, football and basketball, in addition to baseball. On the diamond, he was named first-team All-Mid State League three times and helped the Vikings to the 2017 MSL Buckeye Division Championship.

The Chillicothe Paints open the home portion of their season Thursday, June 2 at VA Memorial Stadium against the Champion City Kings at 7:05 p.m. Draft beer will be just $2 for Thirsty Thursday, thanks to Budweiser, and a Fireworks Extravaganza will follow, sponsored by 94 Country. Information regarding ticketsgroup outings, sponsorship opportunities and more is available by calling (740) 773-TEAM or by emailing the team at paints@bright.net.

Paints Name New Field Manager

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio The Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, announce the hiring of Jackson White as the club’s 2022 field manager. He replaces John Penn, last year’s field manager.

Last season, White served as the Paints’ pitching coach, helping Chillicothe’s staff lead the Prospect League in complete games, while ranking third in both total strikeouts and WHIP, and fifth in earned run average. White helped mentor Ruben Ramirez, who would sign a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals and eventually reach class Triple-A following the completion of the Paints’ playoff run.

“Words cannot explain how humbled I am to come back to Chillicothe,” said White. “Our players, support staff and host families make this place so special and difficult to leave each summer.”

Currently, White is an assistant coach for the defending NJCAA National Champion LSU Eunice Bengals, working with pitchers and assisting with day-to-day activities of the Bengal program. Previously, White served as an assistant coach at Indiana University-South Bend, Union College and Volunteer State Community College where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. 
 
The Carmel, Ind. native played under legendary coach Woody Hunt at Cumberland University (Lebanon, Tenn.) from 2013-18. During his playing career with the Phoenix, White was part of the 2014 NAIA National Championship team, posting a record of 49-20. The left-handed pitcher would later help Cumberland to the 2018 NAIA Regional Tournament. White stayed at Cumberland following his playing career, serving as a graduate assistant for the 2018-19 campaign.
 
White holds a bachelor’s degree from Cumberland University in Sports and Exercise Science as well as a Master’s in Sport Management. 

“My mission is simple,” White added. “That is to develop men and get our guys to play the game the right way.” 

After a road game to start the season June 1, the Chillicothe Paints open the home portion of their 29th season Thursday, June 2 at VA Memorial Stadium against the Champion City Kings at 7:05 p.m. Draft beer will be just $2 for Thirsty Thursday, thanks to Budweiser, and a Fireworks Extravaganza will follow, sponsored by 94 Country. Information regarding tickets, group outings, sponsorship opportunities and more is available by calling (740) 773-TEAM or by emailing the team at paints@bright.net.

Brian Bigam Recommended As New Circleville Girls Basketball Coach

Presented By McDonald’s

(Circleville) – Pending Board of Education Approval, the Circleville Athletic Department is announcing via social media that Coach Brian Bigam as New Varsity Head Girls Basketball Coach.

Bigam is the current Circleville baseball coach, having led them to a State Final Four appearance in 2018. He previously served as the Lady Tigers basketball coach for a fews years, replacing Steve Kalinoski, who later returned to fill the vacancy when Bigam stepped aside to become the baseball coach.

The musical chairs continued this Spring with Kalinoski retiring and Bigam coming back to girls basketball. Bigam was named 2015-16 Southeast District Coach of the Year in his previous stint as girls hoops coach.

Bigam also is the former coach of the Chillicothe Paints, leading them to the 2019 Prospect League Championship.

Brian is expected to continue coaching baseball for the Tigers, as well.

Bigam is a graduate of Circleville High School from 1998.