Blowfish Announce Front Office Promotions/Additions: Larkin Promoted To VP/Theo Bacot Named GM

 

Brian Larkin Promoted To Vice-President & Theo Bacot Named General Manager

Lexington County, SC-The Blowfish announced today that Brian Larkin has been promoted to Vice-President of Shanahan & Company Sports Management/Blowfish Baseball and Theo Bacot has been named the new General Manager of the Lexington County Blowfish Baseball Club.

Larkin joined the Blowfish as GM in October of 2016 after three seasons with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double A Minor League Affiliate Cincinnati Reds/Southern League).

Brian shared his thoughts about his new position. “I am blessed and thankful to be able to accept the VP role within Shanahan & Company Sports Management and the Lexington County Blowfish. Vicki, Bill and the rest of the Blowfish staff are like family. I have the upmost respect for them and I am looking forward to being able to continue to be rooted as well as serve within Lexington County. What an exciting time it is be a part of such a wonderful community as it continues to grow!”

Theo Bacot accepted the General Manager position after three years with the Biloxi Shuckers (Double A Minor League Affiliate Milwaukee Brewers/Southern League). The Shuckers ranked first among high performing minor league baseball teams in customer satisfaction. Theo graduated from East Carolina University with a Sports Studies degree and Communications minor and is originally from Raleigh, NC. His first job in sports was with the Durham Bulls the summer of 2010. Theo also spent a year working for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball team and another working in the Coastal Plain League for the Wilmington Sharks.

“I am extremely grateful that owners Bill and Vicki Shanahan trust in me to be the next General Manager of the Lexington County Blowfish. I am looking forward to joining the Lexington County community, and getting to know everyone. I am excited to join an outstanding organization and build upon the great foundation that Brian already has in place,” stated Bacot.

Larkin added, “We are excited for the Blowfish family to be growing. The Shanahan’s and myself are thrilled to have Theo joining our team as we are looking forward to seeing his passion, values, and intelligence spread throughout our Lexington County communities. Our staff firmly believes in the “One Team One Dream” mentality. Now with stronger management, we truly feel that the sky is the limit in showcasing Lexington County’s Home Team. Not only this, but the 2018 CPL All Star Show will raise awareness and magnify how well Lexington County loves the game of baseball. Our mission statement is: To continually help enhance the quality of life in Lexington County!”

In addition the Blowfish announced other staff title changes:

Kyle Calhoun has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. Throughout 2017, Kyle assisted and executed group sales for the Blowfish. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina majoring in Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE). Calhoun will oversee all phases of ticket operations which includes group outings, season tickets as well as game day. Kyle will continue to sell/service groups and supervise ticket sales training of the popular All You Can Eat Baseball Packages.

Anna Grace Foell is the new Director of Marketing & Promotions. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE). AnnaGrace began as an intern managing game day entertainment during the 2017 season and is overseeing game presentation and the 2018 CPL All-Star Show campaign set for July 8th and 9th at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Anna Vergelli is the new Director of Community Relations. Responsible for the community outreach programs as well as the Lexington County Elementary Schools Reading Program. Anna joined the Blowfish during the summer of 2017 as an intern and is a junior at the University of South Carolina in Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE).

Lawson Estridge is interning with the Blowfish and handling Media Coordination on the off season. Lawson attends Lexington High and was the team photographer during this past season. The Blowfish are excited to continue in our development programs for Lexington County High Schools and their students.

Robbie Hardy will continue as Director of Stadium Operations.  Robbie is originally from Columbia, SC and finished his undergraduate work from the USC and has his Master of Science degree in Sports Management from American Public University.  He and his wife, Lea, currently live in Lexington County and have been married for 17 years and have 3 boys, Tyler, Scott, and Greyson.  Robbie teaches at Gilbert High, has been a high school business education teacher for 16 years, and a high school coach in South Carolina for 20 years. Robbie has helped coach the Blowfish in 2010, 2011, 2016 and oversees the Blowfish Summer Baseball Camps at Lexington County Baseball Stadium

Seasonal staff announcements will be forthcoming.

About the Lexington County Blowfish:

The Lexington County Blowfish are entering their thirteenth season in the CPL and fourth season at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The collegiate “Boys of Summer play in the Coastal Plain League with players recruited from the state, region and the nation which include players from the USC Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers. The Blowfish has twice been voted Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year, The Blowfish are owned and operated by Lexington County residents Bill and Vicki Shanahan.

About the Coastal Plain League:

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 95 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII.

Blowfish Games Broadcast on Z93.1 For Fourth Straight Season

 

Lexington County, S.C.  – The Lexington County Blowfish and Z93.1 FM ‘The Lake’ will enter into their 4th season as broadcast partners for Blowfish Baseball radio to carry the live play-by-play broadcast for the team’s entire 56 game regular-season schedule and playoffs.

“This partnership between Z93.1 FM and the Lexington County Blowfish is great for our area of Lexington County and the Midlands,” Lake Murray Communications, LLC President/CEO and on-air personality, Michael Willis said.  “After the success and response from fans and listeners over the last three seasons, we are excited to continue our affiliation.”

Blowfish Owner, Bill Shanahan says, “Z93.1FM is a major media force in Lexington County with a powerful signal throughout the Midlands. We are excited to continue this partnership for all our fans and listeners of Blowfish Baseball.” The
Blowfish are deeming 2018-Season of the Stars as the Blowfish will host the CPL All-Star Game July 9th.

In addition to the local play-by-play broadcast on Z93.1 FM, Blowfish Baseball enters its 13th season being heard across the country live online via the CPL Webpass at coastalplain.com.

About Z93.1 FM ‘The Lake’ 

Z93.1 FM ‘The Lake,’ offers local programming and a unique blend of multiple genres of music. Under the management and operation of Lake Murray Communications, Z93.1 FM services areas include the “Jewel of South Carolina” – Lake Murray, Lexington County and surrounding areas such as Saluda, Newberry and Richland county.

About the Lexington County Blowfish:

The Lexington County Blowfish are entering their fourth season at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The Blowfish are a summer collegiate baseball team that plays in the Coastal Plain League with players from across the country and locally in the Lexington County area. Voted 2015 Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year, the Blowfish are owned and operated by Lexington County residents Bill and Vicki Shanahan.

About the Coastal Plain League:

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22ns season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 95 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII.

Bobby Richardson-Former Head Baseball Coach USC Gamecocks/NY Yankee Great To Be Featured Speaker At Mayors Prayer Breakfast

 

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The Blowfish Baseball Club is hosting the Lexington Mayors Prayer Breakfast Wednesday, November 1st from 7:30am till 9:00am.

Join Town of Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall as we welcome former USC Gamecock Head Baseball Coach/New York Yankee Great Bobby Richardson as the featured speaker.

This event will take place in the Stadium Club at Lexington County Baseball Stadium 474 Ballpark Road Lexington, SC 29072.

Breakfast is served and tickets are $10.00 each. (Seating is limited).

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For more information call 803-254-3474 or log onto www.blowfishbaseball.com

Total Eclipse Picnic at the Park Monday

Join the Blowfish Monday at Lexington County Baseball Stadium for a once in a lifetime experience. The Total Eclipse will shoot across the heart of Lexington County at 2:41pm and you and your family can be at the “Centerline” (closest to the eclipse), and its free! Bring your lawn chair to sit out on the field (based on weather). Throw the frisbee or football  in the outfield!

Free admission, Free parking, Free Total Eclipse Glasses and a Free Collectors Edition Ticket! Gates open at 8am…

Gary David and Christopher Thompson from 560 WVOC will be “LIVE” at the stadium.

 

Thanks to Lexington Medical Center-free sunblock will be handed out as well as a Misting tent will provide a way to keep cool.

Presented by the Lexington County Blowfish and the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission. Thank you to @totaleclipsecae for providing the glasses.

Blowfish Awarded 2018 Coastal Plain All Star Show

Lexington County Blowfish Awarded 2018 CPL All-Star Show

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. – The Coastal Plain League announced today that the 2018 All-Star Show will be hosted by the Lexington County Blowfish on July 8th and 9th 2018 at Lexington County Baseball Stadium in Lexington, South Carolina.  The All-Star festivities will begin on Sunday, July 8th, when the Blowfish host the All-Star Fan Fest. One of the big draws in the past for Fan Fest is that of the Home Run Derby, which gives CPL All-Stars a chance to battle it out to see who has the most power with the bat.

As part of the “All-Star Show”, immediately before Sunday’s Home Run Derby, there will also be a “mini home run derby” when local media and celebrities will face off against invited Dixie Youth baseball stars representing all the Lexington County Dixie Youth Leagues. Temporary fences will be set up past the infield to provide fun and excitement to the contest. Fans will also have the chance to meet both CPL All-Star teams during that time. The complete list of 2018 All-Star Show events will be announced as it draws closer. The midsummer classic will feature all stars from all sixteen CPL teams.

On Monday the All-Stars will be treated to a luncheon on Lake Murray before a day that includes Major League scout day activities and then the 20th CPL All-Star Game. Honorary Game Captains will be members of the Lexington County Lady Blowfish Softball 12 & 14U teams.

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“It is a great honor to award our All-Star Show to the Lexington County Blowfish for 2018,” said Coastal Plain League COO/Commissioner Justin Sellers.  “This event has grown in popularity each year; attracting fans locally, regionally, and nationally to our host community.  Owners Bill and Vicki Shanahan, GM Brian Larkin, and the Blowfish staff have done a wonderful job in operating the club and being a huge part of the community.  I know they are excited to showcase Lexington County next summer. I am confident that they will create a memorable event for our players, coaches, umpires, and fans!”

‘We are honored to host the 2018 CPL All-Star Show, to showcase Lexington County and believe fans from all over the country are in for two days of great summer collegiate baseball action and fun!” said Blowfish General Manager Brian Larkin.

“As local owners, my wife Vicki and I are looking forward to being able to represent Lexington and our communities in Lexington County to the elite players, executives, fans and families who will be attending this event,” commented Blowfish Co-Owner Bill Shanahan.

 

About the Blowfish
The Blowfish enter their 13th season in the CPL and 4th in Lexington County. This will be the second CPL all star game hosted by the Blowfish organization. The first was in Columbia in 2007 at Capital City Stadium. The Team was founded in 2006. Players are recruited from colleges and universities from across the state, region and nation including the USC Gamecocks, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, and more. For tickets log onto www.blowfishbaseball.com or call 803-254-FISH (3474) or stop by Blowfish on Main, 101 East Main in Lexington.

About the CPL

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.   The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 107 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball

2017 Wrap-up; The Season of the Total Eclipse

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — After missing out on the playoffs in 2016, Coach Jonathan Johnson and the 2017 Lexington County Blowfish set their sights on a playoff birth starting in May.

Over 40,000 Blowfish fans came to Lexington County Baseball stadium throughout the Season of the Total Eclipse to cheer on their hometown team. During the season, The Blowfish sported Total Eclipse Centerline Jerseys that commemorated the August 21st Solar Eclipse set to pass through the heart of Lexington County. After the season, the team auctioned off the jerseys to support science projects at Lexington County School District One Elementary Schools.

Coach Johnson tried to combat a higher ERA in 2016 with plenty of arms for the 2017 campaign. The march towards the season began with the Second Annual Blowfish Alumni game on May 29th at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Although rain played a factor in the game, Blowfish fans packed the Lex to see Blowfish of old take on this year’s team. The Coastal Plain League regular season started two night’s later on the road in Florence.

The beginning of the season started slow for Lexington County. The team lost their first eight ballgames and was 1-11 through their first 12 games.

Lexington County got their first win of the season on the road in Savannah at Grayson Stadium. Although the team committed seven errors in the game, the Blowfish got the lead in the fifth on a Chase Teter (Morehead State) SAC fly. Riley Hogan (South Carolina) extended the lead to 7-4 with a two run single and Hunter Dollander (USC-Aiken) shut the door and notched his first of seven saves on the season.

After a three game skid, the Blowfish welcomed on in the undefeated Florence RedWolves to Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The Wolves were 10-0 coming into the matchup and were trying to make history with the best start in CPL history.

The Blowfish played one of their best and most complete games of the season that night knocking off Florence 4-1 ending their undefeated season. Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb), who at one point had a 14 game hitting streak, launched a homerun in the game as the Blowfish stunned Florence.

After the big win against Florence, Lexington County for the first time put two straight wins together beating Forest City 7-2. This game was the second of a stretch of five ballgames against the Owls in which Blowfish pitching struck out 61 Forest City batters.

Connor Thomas (Georgia Tech) was knee deep in those ballgames striking out eight Owls in one start and seven in his next. Thomas led Blowfish pitching in strikeouts with 50 and once struck out 12 Gastonia Grizzlies in a 14-5 win at the Lex.

The Blowfish got hot heading into the end of the first half of the season, winning six of seven ballgames one of which was a walk-off comeback win against Savannah. After the Blowfish scored two in the eighth to tie the game, Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) smacked an RBI single down the left field line that won it for the Fish.

Before the second half started, the Blowfish had a score to settle with the USC Alumni. The team had been on a losing skid for the coveted GameFish Cup. Lexington County and the USC Alumni had been tied 5 games apiece but the Blowfish settled that score and knocked off the Alumni at the Lex. Current Gamecock TJ Shook (South Carolina) got the start for the Blowfish.

Lexington County started the second half cold but Guimbarda was red hot. The Presbyterian product slung together a 10 game hitting streak and a 6 game multi-hit streak. His numbers were good enough to get him voted into the CPL All-Star game in Holly Springs.

After the All-Star Break, Lexington County only had one losing streak of the season. The Blowfish went 12-8 through that stretch of 20 games and found themselves in the thick of a playoff chase late in the year.

Lexington County went on a stretch of winning 7 of 9 ballgames and got as close as 2.5 games back of first place in the second half standings with a week left in the season. The Blowfish strung together four straight wins to put them in prime positioning to make a playoff push.

The last week of the season was brutal for Lexington County. With rainouts compiling up the Blowfish had a stretch of 7 ballgames in just four days. Through that stretch of the season the tires began to spin and the Blowfish were eliminated from postseason contention on a rainy night at McNair Field in Forest City.

The last Saturday of the season was also impacted by rain but that didn’t stop the festivities at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The Carolina Comfort Heating and Air Fan of the Year was announced for the season, fireworks were shot off, and the jersey auction finished out the night. In total, the Blowfish $3,000 with their one of a kind Centerline Jerseys.

Lexington County gave the Fish fans something to cheer about on the last night of the season with a 7-3 win over their in-state rival Florence and finished the season 23-30, 14-12.

Zach Spivey (Bethune-Cookman) led the team in average at a .340 mark and was one of the more spectacular Blowfish defensively.

Lexington County got some much-needed power out of Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s), Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive University), and Riley Hogan. Cuoci slammed team highs in home runs (7) and RBIs (24). Ellis and Hogan knocked six each home runs and 23 RBIs each.

2017 brought some familiar faces back to Lexington County Baseball Stadium. Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) came on strong at the back end of the year and finished .325/0/12. Dalton Duty (Valdosta State) joined the team with a month left and played his first baseball in over a year after an injury. Fittingly enough, Duty plated the final two runs of the season for the Blowfish in their 7-3 season finale win over Florence.

Clay Hunt (College of Charleston), Jimmy Townsend-Chase (Western Michigan), and TJ Shook were the big guns in the pen. Hunt (1.42) and Shook (1.89) both pitched to an under 2.00 ERA.

Ryan Stoudemire (Charleston Southern) and Tate Gillespie (TAMU-CC) led Blowfish starters in wins with three and Christian Aragon (USC-Aiken) joined the two starters with three wins as well.

Overall, the slow start for the Blowfish was combatted with a strong finish to 2017. Lexington County is poised for a playoff push in 2018, which would be their first since 2015.

From all of us here at Blowfish Baseball, we thank our fans, players, host families, and staff for a great 2017 and look forward to seeing you for our free viewing of the eclipse at Lexington County Baseball Stadium on August 21st.

Blowfish split double header for second straight night

SAVANNAH, GA — After splitting a double header at home on Tuesday, Lexington County split a double header on the road in Savannah on Wednesday night.

Game one of the twin bill was a continuation of a game scheduled on July 24th. Lexington County led 6-5 in the third but the Bananas stormed back and won 13-8. In total the Bananas clubbed 19 hits en route to the game one win.

The Bananas took the lead in the fifth inning when they plated four runs. Two of those runs came in on a two run double from Brandon Purcell (Jacksonville). Bananas led 9-7 after five.

The Blowfish got a run back in the sixth but never got going after that as Savannah plated a run in the seventh and three in the eighth.

The Blowfish needed a win in game two to stay alive in the playoff chase for the overall standings.

The Blowfish got off and running in game two in the first. After a Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) double and Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) reached on an error, the Blowfish pulled a first and third steal play that gave them a 1-0 lead.

Savannah tied the game in the third with two outs. After an infield single and an error, Logan Mattix (Georgia College) smacked an RBI single that tied the game at 1.

Lexington County got the lead right back in the fourth when Brandt Stallings (Georgia Tech) knocked a single to center. Blowfish led 2-1 until the sixth when they extended their lead.

In the sixth inning, Zach Spivey (Bethune-Cookman) planted an RBI single and pushed their lead to 3-1.

From that point Lexington County cruised and TJ Shook (South Carolina) notched his second win (2-0) in a complete game five hitter.

After the split, the Blowfish are 2.5 GB of first place in the second half and 4.0 GB of fourth place in the overall standings with five games left in the regular season.

Thursday night the Blowfish are back home to welcome on in the Gastonia Grizzlies. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch from the Lex is scheduled for 7:05.

Blowfish get complete game shutout for first time in season

FLORENCE, S.C. — With just a week remaining in the season, Lexington County entered Monday’s play just 2.0 GB of first place in the second half standings. But Monday night began a brutal clubhouse turn for a team scheduled to play three double headers the final week of the season.

The final week of the season began on the road in Florence and RedWolves’ starter Isaac Rodgers (Francis Marion) dazzled the Blowfish. The right-hander threw a complete game, three hit, shutout and knocked off Lexington County 2-0.

Through their first five offensive turns, the Blowfish had a runner in scoring position and could not score. Florence would end up making that pay in the second inning.

The RedWolves struck first on an RBI single off the bat of Cornell Nixon (Eastern Kentucky). Florence led 1-0 up until the bottom of the fifth.

In the fifth, Florence doubled their advantage. Riley King (Georgia) doubled in the left center field alley with one away to start the rally and then Zach Jacobs (Francis Marion) singled him home to push the Wolves’ lead to 2-0.

That would be plenty for Rodgers.

The right-hander earned his first win (1-1) and cruised throughout the middle and latter thirds of the ballgame. Lexington County only mustered three hits throughout the evening and fell to Florence 2-0.

Rodgers struck out nine and walked four over 122 pitches, 78 of which were for strikes. Coming into the ballgame his ERA was above 10.00 and he had only pitched 7.0 innings total.

Tuesday night the Blowfish begin their brutal stretch of seven games in four days. Lexington County welcomes on in the Forest City Owls, who have won three straight ballgames, for a twin bill. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake begins at 4:45 and first pitch for game one of the double header is scheduled for 5:05.