Dear Trojan Baseball Family

Cody McPhersonBaseball is an all-American game that most boys fall in love with at an early age. Team work, hard work, and perseverance are character traits that this great game helps young men develop.

These very traits help players be successful not only on the ball diamond but in the traits of everyday life. One never knows what “curve ball” life is going to throw your way or when it may occur. It is during these difficult times when you realize how blessed you are and how good and caring God and mankind is.

The Trojans Baseball Family rallied around our family during our recent crisis and we would like to extend a warm “thank you” for all the cards, emails, phone calls and prayers that were sent our way.

The Bluffton baseball team pulled together on that horrific day, caring and praying for one another. Their faith in Christ was put to the test and through their faith they will persevere.

Cody and his teammates will not only persevere but thrive and be successful both on and off the field. Baseball is a great game. Baseball families have a special bond with one another. This baseball family would like to express our deep thanks for everything. We are looking forward to a summer full of Trojans baseball!


The McPherson Family


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TimofeevBrad Timofeev was honored by the Heartland Conference as its Pitcher of the Week after picking up two wins on the bump, including a complete game one hitter against Fontbonne in Defiance’s second game of the week in Port Charlotte, Fla.

For the week, Timofeev was 2-0 with a 0.64 earned run average and a 0.57 WHIP (number of walks and hits allowed per inning) in 14 innings of work. The sophomore hurler retired five batters on strikes and only allowed one extra-base hit while holding the opposition to a paltry .152 batting average.

Bluffton baseball team

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By Mark Griffin
Special to The Press
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Cody McPherson made the dean's list at Bluffton University last quarter and is on his way to one day becoming a high school teacher.Active Image

The history education major, a 2006 Lake graduate who also plays baseball as a pitcher/outfielder, never could have imagined what would take place in the early morning hours of March 4.

McPherson, 19, and the rest of the baseball team were aboard a charter bus outside Atlanta, headed to Florida to play some spring ball. It was about 5:30 a.m.

"Everyone was sleeping," McPherson said.

Before they knew it, the bus careened over a wall, dropped about 30 feet and landed on I-75. McPherson was alive, but four of his teammates weren't.

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The Ohio Trojans Baseball Organization sends our deepest sympathy, prayers and support to the players of the Bluffton baseball team. We are blessed and grateful as an organization that one of our own, Cody McPherson has come home safe. We pray for Cody and his team to overcome these challenges that God has placed before them. In our thoughts and prayers are Coach Grandey and those players that still remain in the hospital.

“This is a sad tragedy for the students, families, friends and Bluffton University campus community. We are asking for prayers of support during this time.”
- Bluffton President James M. Harder.

Those players that have passed on to our Lord, Scott Harmon, Tyler Williams, Cody Holp and David Betts, memory be eternal.

Bluffton University student-athlete Zachary Arend (Oakwood, Ohio) died Friday morning March 9, 2007, from injuries sustained in a March 2 bus accident in Atlanta, Ga. Information regarding funeral arrangements will be posted at as they are made available.


College home run spectacle returning to Oregon

By J. Patrick Eaken
Press Sports Editor
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 The National Amateur Baseball Federation will conduct its summer collegiate home run derby for the third consecutive year at Oregon’s William P. Coontz Recreation Complex.

On Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m., college baseball players from throughout the country will arrive in Oregon for the derby at Ousky Field, Clay’s home field. The players will represent the 16 teams who qualify for NABF College World Series Aug. 3-6 at Ned Skeldon Stadium, Steller Field, Scott Park, and Bowman Park.

In 2005, Mike Burger of the Pittsburgh Pandas ( West Virginia Univ.) took home the honor of home run derby champion out of 28 entries. Two other finalists included Jeff Coyle ( Erskin College) and Frank Terzo ( Queens College), teammates for the Shekinah Angels out of the Federation of Amateur Baseball Leagues based on Long Island, N.Y.

The derby winner in 2004 was David Freeze ( Univ. of South Alabama) of the St. Louis, Mo. based Brentwood Bullfrogs.

The college world series has a history of showcasing future professional stars. Little league players are being sought to shag fly balls and may show up for the home run derby and World Series in uniform. Call 419-482-6612 or Rob Gladieux at 419-215-9081.

Tournament passes are $15 to see all 31 9-inning wood bat baseball games and a day pass is $5. There is no cost for admission to the home run derby.

The Northwood Recreation Department has already starting selling 50/50 tickets leading up to the championship. The winner will be announced prior to the televised final, which begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Ned Skeldon Stadium.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Call Alan Singlar at 419-693-8483, Dean Edwards at 419-698-9616, Shari Laviolette at 419-666-5685, Russ Sparks at 419-666-4821, or Rob Gladieux of the Midwest Amateur Baseball Association at 419-215-9081 or 419-482-6612.

Ohio Trojans

The Erie Shores Collegiate League is host of the 2006 College World Series for the third straight year. The Oregon based Ohio Trojans are members of the ESCL and had the opportunity to qualify for the World Series this past weekend in the ESCL league tournament at Walsh University in Canton.

The Trojans were the first team in Oregon to play in the wood bat summer collegiate ESCL since the Maumee Bay Buccaneers, which played from 1999-2002. The Buccaneers qualified for a National Amateur Baseball Federation Major Division regional berth in 1999 and were ESCL champions in 2000 with a 17-5 record in league play.

The Trojans were fourth in the ESCL this season with a 9-15 record, finishing just ahead of the Ohio Storm. Canton Big E won the regular season championship with an 18-6 record and already qualified for the College World Series.

Overall, the Trojans were 14-16, including wins over teams from the Great Lakes Instructional Baseball League and the visiting Newmarket Hawks from Canada.

The Trojans’ general manager is Steve Timofeev of Oregon, and on the field the Trojans were coached by Randy Coy and Dan Rober. Local players included Urbana pitchers Billy Dyer (Woodmore) and Shane Pfouts (Lake), Bowling Green pitcher Chad Albright (Eastwood), Tiffin catcher Brad Coy (Clay), Adrian infielder Brad Timofeev (Clay), and Owens infielder and pitcher Rob Hufford (Clay). Dyer is also a catcher and Pfouts, who is injured, also plays in the outfield.

Many of this year’s summer collegiate team played with the Ohio Trojans travel program since they were youngsters. This is the first season the Trojan program has moved into the NABF College Division — created in 1980’s for players age 22 and under (some 23-year-olds can play).

“I have had the great opportunity to have coached Rob (Hufford) since he was 11 years old, playing travel baseball,” business manager Steve Timofeev said. “Rob has always been a big, strong hitter. He started pitching again in his senior year in high school and has done a great job. He has a good fastball and can hit the corners well. He is a great competitor and plays the game at the highest level, stays very focused on the game and knows his responsibilities.”

Timofeev’s son, Brad, was has a .313 on-base percentage from his leadoff spot, plus a 2.40 ERA in 16 innings pitching. As a third baseman, he has a .909 fielding percentage with 26 putouts and 24 assists, and is looking to earn spot on the Adrian College varsity after playing jayvee last year.

Timofeev said Brad Coy (5’10, 185), who was hitting .293 with five RBI, played for him in the Junior Eagles baseball program. Coy is in his first season with the Trojans, and says this may be his last year for baseball because he is transferring to Ohio State, where he may try out for the rugby team.

The 6’2, 195-pound Chad Albright received Ohio Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors and was named Heidelberg’s most valuable pitcher and rookie of the year after compiling a 4-2 record as a freshman. However, he is transferring to Bowling Green where he hopes to join outfielder and former Eastwood teammate Kevin Leady on the Falcon roster.

Dyer, a 6’0, 225 pound freshman at Urbana, is a right handed pitcher and catcher who earned first team SLL honors while at Woodmore in both his junior and senior seasons.

Shane Pfouts suffered an injury (he suffered a torn labrum) that never did fully heal, and was due to have surgery to repair the tear on July 13. It has cost him a chance to return this summer to play for the Trojans it cost him much of last season as a pitcher/outfielder at Urbana University.

Other Trojans include two Saginaw Valley State players — Patrick Kenny and Reed Walker; three Bowling Green Falcons — Julian Bostelman, Dan Horvath, and Jeff Telmanik; two Toledo Rockets — Todd Thomas and Jason Whiteside; and Chad Baas (Adrian); Clay Tingley (St. Joseph’s); Taylor Muehlfeld (Adrian); Phil Reed (Evangel); and Nicholas Picciano (Defiance).


Timofeevs holding their own in collegiate league

By Mark Griffin
Special to The Press
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Brad Timofeev is currently playing summer baseball for the Ohio Trojans for the third straight year. This is the first year the Trojans are competing in the wood bat Erie Shores Collegiate League.

 There are a number of reasons Timofeev, a former standout at Clay, likes to play summer baseball.

“It’s real laid back and you get your swings in and you get to work on things,” he said. “It clears your mind and it's a chance to better yourself.”

Timofeev has to do something no one else on the Trojans has to do, however: play for his father. Steve Timofeev is the Trojans’ general manager.

Brad, however, said “it's real easy to separate” playing ball for Dad two hours a night and living with Dad the other 22 hours.

“We're on opposite ends of the dugout during the games,” said the younger Timofeev, who also played for the Adrian College junior varsity team last season. “He just creates opportunities for me and he leaves the rest up to me. We talk about the game when we get home. We let each other do our own thing at games and then talk about it at home, just like a father and son would.”

 Steve said he has been impressed by the way his son has dedicated himself to improving his game this summer.

“It is exciting to watch a player like Brad, who knows what he has to do to make it at Adrian,” Steve said. “He is committed his summer to prepare himself for the upcoming year (at Adrian).

“It’s also gratifying to me as his father to see him work hard to achieve his goal. I have never been that father to push my kids into doing something they don’t want to do, but if they choose a goal, sport or career, then it’s my responsibility as a parent to make sure we guild him to that goal.”

Through Tuesday, the Trojans were 13- 14 overall and 8-13 in the ESCL. The team, despite a 2-1 loss to the Ohio Storm on the Heidelberg College field Tuesday night, is in good position to earn a good seed in the upcoming league tournament.

Brad has been a key component to the Trojans’ strong push this season. He started out slowly but has come on strong of late, including a 3-for-3 effort at the plate against Fostoria.

Through 22 games Timofeev was batting .225 with a .313 on-base percentage from his leadoff spot. As a third baseman, he has a .909 fielding percentage with 26 putouts and 24 assists.

“We put Brad in a tough spot this year at leadoff, but his speed and explosion have improved after spring ball,” Steve said. “He has been working out religiously at Synergy (Sports and Fitness Center on Central Avenue). Brad has been patient at the plate and seen a lot of pitches.

 “He knows his job and gets it done. He is a great fielder with good hands. He struggled his first year at college and had some unexpected errors, but he has turned things around this summer and has greatly improved. Brad’s strong suit has always been his defense, and he has been a leader on the field.”

Brad, a 2005 Clay graduate, was an honorable mention All-City League infielder under Eagles coach Karl Knierim. He moved from shortstop to third base following his sophomore year and also played some at second base. He played third base at Adrian College this spring.

“I really liked short at first, but I realized I’m a better third baseman than shortstop,” Brad said. “I'm pretty much comfortable anywhere.”

He wasn’t comfortable at the plate earlier this summer.

“I’m trying to get back on my game,” he said. “I had been screwing around with my mechanics and trying to get everything honed for next spring at Adrian. I’ve never been a power hitter. I’m just a hitter who tries to get singles to get on base. I’m a situational hitter, just trying to do my job situational hitting.

“I started off real slow and now I'm starting to get strong again.”

Brad has also chipped in with a couple of impressive performances on the mound. In 15 innings with the Trojans, he has faced 66 batters and carries a 2.40 earned run average.

“Brad stepped up this year and helped us out in a pinch,” Steve said. “Pitching injures plagued us and we needed to go deeper into the war chest and we pulled up Brad. He’s done a great job pitching for us this year and getting us those league wins that counted.”

Brad said he hadn’t pitched in nearly two years, but he still enjoys taking the mound.

“I like it. It's pretty fun,” he said. “I don't strike a lot of people out, but I get outs.”

Three mornings a week, Brad works out at Synergy, then goes to work doing computer data at Business Voice in Downtown Toledo. At night, it’s baseball with the Trojans.

“I’ve been busy all summer,” Brad said.

In a few weeks he’ll return to Adrian College to continue his major in business administration and marketing. Adrian baseball coach Craig Rainey will soon be eager to see how much the younger Timofeev improved over the summer.

Timofeev said he intends to play baseball “until baseball doesn't let me play anymore.”

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