Mitch Atkins the former Northeast Guilford pitcher has now worked his way up to the Tennessee Smokies, the Chicago Cubs AA ball team. Atkins was 8-7 with the Cubs High Class A Daytona Cubs with an ERA of 3.13. He went 115 innings for Daytona, walking 31 while striking out 88.
Since his call-up to the Cubs AA Smokies, Mitch has been in one ball game and he took the loss as the Smokies went down at the hands of Montgomery, Alabama 11-8. Atkins went one inning and gave up three runs on three hits. Mitch is 0-1 for Tennessee but the games to mark on your calendar are the ones coming up at the end of the month with the Carolina Mudcats down in Zebulon, NC.
The Tennessee Smokies will be at Five County Stadium in Zebulon to take on the Florida Marlins AA squad the Carolina Mudcats on August 30-September 3. That’s 5 games between the Smokies and the Mudcats and this might be your chance to see Mitch pitch. He’s a 6’5, 230 pound 21 year-old, so you can’t miss him when he’s on the mound.
Charlie Gamble Jr. out of Southern Guilford and NC A&T is holding down third base for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. Tri-City is the low Class A Summer League team for the Houston Astros. Charlie has seen his home run numbers climb to 4 and his RBI total now stands at 14. Gamble has been in 31 games with 6 doubles, 18 runs scored, and he is hitting .259.
Aaron Jones a LHP out of Grimsley HS has verbally committed to UNC-Wilmington. Aaron will be an upcoming senior at Grimsley this school year and he plans on making UNCW his new home next fall. AJ is looking forward to playing for the Seahawks, the same team that produced current Greensboro Grasshoppers John Raynor and Chris Hatcher.
Aaron Jones, the lefty, had a fine season for the conference tournament champion Whirlies and helped lead them into the 3rd round of the State 4-A playoffs. Aaron was with the Greensboro Batting Center Shockers this summer in the Palomino Baseball League. Aaron Jones will be moving on, but not before he tries to pitch Grimsley back deep into the playoffs in 2008. Aaron’s coach at Grimsley was Alan Ashkinazy and Lester Rivenbark coached him on the GBC Shockers.