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New Assistant Coach Ben Wolgamot

Ben Wolgamot enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Little Giants.  His main duties include working with infielders and hitters, with an emphasis on base-running.   Coach Wolgamot will also be working in the Dean’s of Students Office on campus.

Wolgamot comes to Wabash from Danville Area Community College where he was an assistant coach under Tim Bunton.  At Danville, he served as the hitting coach and led the Jaguars to a .333 team batting average.  He also handled the base-running efforts, while helping lead the Jaguars to a 23-23 record.

Wolgamot is a graduate of Purdue University.  As a Boilermaker, he was a two-year letter winner while playing for Head Coach Doug Schreiber.  In 2008, Wolgamot earned 1st-team All-Big Ten honors as a 2nd baseman.  He hit .368 (2nd on the team) while starting 45 games for Purdue in 2008.

Prior to being at Purdue, Wolgamot played two years at Danville Area Community College, in Danville, Illinois.  In his time at Danville, Wolgamot was a two-time All-Region Honoree.  He had a stellar sophomore year in 2007 at D.A.C.C., earning 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-Region, and 1st Team All-District honors.  Also in 2007, Wolgamot earned the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at 2nd base and was named NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year.

Following graduation, Ben played one year for the Laredo Broncos of the United League, an independent professional baseball league in Texas.

Ben is a native of Danville, Illinois and currently resides in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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New Assistant Coach Phil Ramos ’06

Phil Ramos ’06 enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Wabash baseball program, but is no stranger to wearing the Scarlet & White.  Ramos will work with the Little Giant outfielders and hitters.

Ramos, a 2006 Wabash graduate, returns to the program after earning 4 letters in his career as a player in Crawfordsville.  A mainstay in the outfield and the middle of the batting order for the Little Giants, he is among the career statistical leaders in games played, games started, at-bats, doubles, and hit-by-pitches at Wabash.  Ramos capped off his career by earning All-NCAC squad honors in 2006, while hitting .339 with 20 RBIs.

Ramos comes from a long line of Wabash men.  His father, Phil, is a 1964 graduate of the College.  His two brothers, Jason and Eric, graduated in 1995 and 2000 respectively.  Eric was a 2000 baseball letterman for the Little Giants.

Since graduating and majoring in Psychology, Ramos has served as Vice President of Operations at Somar Six, Inc.  In that time, he has personally overseen and managed new Papa Murphy’s franchise locations in Greencastle and Crawfordsville.

Ramos is a native of Zillah, Washington and resides in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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New Stadium Updates

 

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Andy Weeks ’09 Signs Contract with Railcats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 14, 2010

 

RAILCATS SIGN FORMER LAPORTE H.S. STANDOUT ANDY WEEKS
 
GARY, Ind. — The Gary SouthShore RailCats have today announced the signing of former LaPorte High School star and Wabash College pitcher Andy Weeks to a contract for the 2010 season. Weeks takes the spot of right-hander Zach McClellan, who has been placed on the inactive list.
 
Weeks, 23, will be in uniform tonight when the RailCats begin a four-game series in Kansas City against the T-Bones. The left-hander attended ‘Cats annual Open Tryout in early May, stayed with the team through Spring Training and will be making his professional debut when he first takes the mound. An All-North Coast Athletic Conference pick as a senior, Weeks won 10 times for the Little Giants in his four-year career and ranks fourth in school history with 166 career strikeouts. This past spring, Weeks served as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
 
An All-State pitcher at LaPorte High School, Weeks won 15 times as a senior in 2005 and played in the RailCats annual High School Challenge for the Slicers, although never as a pitcher. Weeks becomes the fourth player to be discovered at the RailCats Open Tryout and eventually sign with the club, joining pitchers Dan Soria (2003) and Chris Pfalzgraf (2009), and outfielder Mike Coles (2006).
 
McClellan, 31, is making his return to professional baseball following an injury-plagued last three seasons. A member of the Colorado Rockies in 2007, McClellan has not pitched a full season since that year and will miss at least the next 30 days as he continues his recovery. In four starts for the RailCats this year, McClellan is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA, picking up his lone win in game two of a doubleheader Wednesday, June 9 in Rockford.
 
The RailCats (13-10) are a season-best three games over .500 and see their seven-game road trip continue tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the T-Bones (14-9). Left-hander Brad Furnish (2-0, 3.60 ERA) will make his first start for the ‘Cats against Kansas City’s Reid Santos (1-2, 7.78 ERA). The game, like every RailCats game this season, will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore and online at www.railcatsbaseball.com.
 
More InfoFounded in 2002, the Gary SouthShore RailCats are Northwest Indiana’s premier professional sports franchise. The RailCats play in the independent Northern League where they won championships in 2005 and 2007, and have advanced to an unprecedented five straight Championship Series. The RailCats play 50 home games each summer at U. S. Steel Yard, their award-winning $45 million home ballpark, one of the premier minor league baseball venues in the country. The RailCats averaged more than 3,500 fans per game in 2009 and attracted 185,747 total fans to the park, marking the highest single-season attendance in the franchise’s history. The RailCats have increased attendance six out of seven seasons at The Steel Yard, which opened in May 2003.

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New Baseball Stadium is a Go!

 

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