Re: Village Inn and Crown Vacuum

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Posted by Sun Devil P.A.T. on June 05, 20 at 12:47:15:

In Reply to: Village Inn and Crown Vacuum posted by PowayDevil on June 04, 20 at 23:41:10:

I played in the Non-Pro Leagues around the valley (Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe) from 1981-88. Great times and great competition. As for where those pitchers played their high school and college baseball.

Kernan Ronan played at Brophy in high school, and pitched for NAU. In fact, his senior year at NAU (1981) was the last year for the baseball program in Flagstaff. Ronan actually pitched against, and beat ASU in the last game played between the two schools (April, 1981). He beat the eventual national champion Sun Devils 5-4 at Packard Stadium. Ronan has been a long time pitching coach in the Angels organization. I believe he still works for them as a pitching coach.

David Nenad played his high school baseball at Chaparral, and played his college baseball at Vanderbilt. Nenad was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and played in their minor leagues for a few years.

Joey Whitmer played his high school baseball at Arcadia, and played his college baseball at BYU. A funny story about how Whitmer got drafted. He wasn't on anybody's radar to get drafted following his college career at BYU. He was pitching on the same team with Kirk McCaskill and David Nenad in the summer of 1981. McCaskill started a game and pitched for about 4 or 5 innings. He then was relieved by Whitmer. Most of the scouts who were at the game to see McCaskill pitch, left when they saw McCaskill was no longer pitching. Well, one Mariners scout stuck around and put his radar gun on Whitmer, and saw he was throwing 90 miles per hour. The scout talked to Whitmer after the game to find out where he had played in college, he then ended up getting drafted by the Mariners a couple of weeks later. It just goes to show the old saying, always play your best, because you never know who might be watching.

Kirk McCaskill was supposed to play at Chaparral, but his hockey talent took him back east to play high school hockey and baseball. He would come back here in the summer time to play baseball. He was the best pitcher I ever saw pitch in competition. Obviously, I've seen better pitchers when I've attended MLB games, but he was the best pitcher I ever tried to compete against on the baseball diamond. Great memories of some great times. Go Sun Devils!


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