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HUNTINGTON, WV -- Former Thundering Herd outfielder Rhett Stafford hit his sixth professional home run while former Herd relievers Joe Church and Kevin Shackelford each took winning decisions in the fourth installment of Marshall baseball’s summer update. 


Stafford’s eighth-inning home run gave life to his Vermont Lake Monsters late in the game as they would add four runs in the ninth, nearly erasing a 6-0 deficit.  Stafford drew a walk with two out and the tying run on second in the ninth, but the rally stalled in the succeeding at-bat. 


Church came away victorious in an extra-inning relief effort where he worked around a leadoff walk in the bottom half of the 10th.


Shackelford took his win in a long relief role against Lake County.  After falling behind 8-3, the Timber Rattlers scored five runs in the fifth before sending Shackelford in to pitch the fifth, sixth, and seventh.


Starting pitcher Dan Straily, meanwhile, garnered more attention when he struck out 13 in seven innings of work in a 1-0 loss to Las Vegas.  Straily was dealt the loss when he was taken deep on a solo home run to lead off the fifth.


For continued updates on Marshall’s players in the pros, check back to HerdZone.com each week.  This week’s performances can be found below:




Dan Straily – Starting Pitcher – Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) Straily threw his fifth consecutive quality start Friday against Las Vegas but was saddled with the loss when he gave up a solo home run in the 1-0 decision.  Straily struck out 13 while walking only two in the effort.

Straily’s Triple-A stats are: 3-2, 1.09 ERA, 33.0 IP, 5 appearances, 46 strikeouts

Straily’s cumulative minor league stats are: 6-6, 2.74 ERA, 118.1 IP, 19 appearances, 154 strikeouts


Joe Church – Relief Pitcher – Eugene Emeralds (Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres) Church turned in two scoreless relief efforts while picking up his third winning decision last week.  On the road against Spokane, Church retired the only hitter he faced before retiring the side in the 10th inning three days later.  Church’s season stats are: 3-1, 7.15 ERA, 11.1 IP, 9 appearances, 15 strikeouts


Mike Mason – Relief Pitcher – Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie Pioneer League – Colorado Rockies) Mason allowed a hit and struck out one in 2/3 innings Saturday.  Mason’s season stats are: 1-0, 9.95 ERA, 6.1 IP, 6 appearances, 3 strikeouts


Jesse Fernandez – Relief Pitcher – Aberdeen IronBirds (Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) Fernandez’s season stats are: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.0 IP, 0 appearances, 0 strikeouts


Ian Kadish – Relief Pitcher – Vancouver Canadians (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) Kadish suffered his first loss of the season in a three-inning relief role Monday against Everett.  Kadish allowed two earned runs in the losing decision before throwing two scoreless innings of relief later in the week.  Kadish’s season stats are: 1-1, 1.76 ERA, 15.1 IP, 10 appearance, 25 strikeouts


Arik Sikula – Relief Pitcher – Vancouver Canadians (Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) Sikula added four strikeouts to his season total when he fanned a pair of hitters in back-to-back relief appearances last week.  Sikula’s season stats are: 0-0, 3.77 ERA, 14.1 IP, 10 appearances, 14 strikeouts


Rhett Stafford – Catcher – Vermont Lake Monsters (Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) Stafford went 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk in a 6-5 loss to Jamestown on Friday.  Stafford’s hit, a solo bomb to left field in the eighth, helped begin a rally that would ultimately fall short to the Jammers.  Stafford’s season stats are: .212 BA, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 7 BB, 0 SB


Ryan Kiel – Relief Pitcher – Bakersfield Blaze (Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) Kiel is currently listed on the disabled list.  Kiel’s season stats are: 0-0, 1.17 ERA, 7.2 IP, 4 appearances, 8 strikeouts


Kevin Shackelford – Relief Pitcher – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A affiliate of the MilwaukeeBrewers) Shackelford appeared in two games last week, earning a winning decision Wednesday against Lake County but taking a losing decision three days later against Fort Wayne.  In the mid-week victory, Shackelford scattered three hits over three shutout innings after the Wisconsin offense had erased an 8-3 deficit.  Shackelford’s season stats are: 2-4, 5.96 ERA, 42.1 IP, 18 appearances, 26 strikeouts


Greg Williams – Relief Pitcher – Hickory Crawdads (Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers) **Currently on rehab assignment with the Rookie Arizona League Rangers** Williams appeared twice for the AZL Rangers, continuing his rehab assignment for Hickory.  In two games, Williams threw three innings and struck out one.  Williams’ season stats are: 2-0, 3.71 ERA, 26.2 IP, 19 appearances, 21 strikeouts


Kenny Socorro – Shortstop – Peoria Chiefs (Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) Socorro is currently listed on Peoria’s disabled list.  Socorro’s season stats are: .000 BA, 0 HR, 0 RBIs, 0 BB, 0 SB