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Iola product in baseball limbo

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Zach Pavelock’s time in independent baseball ended in disappointment.

The Iola High School graduate played six games for the California City Whiptails of the professional Pecos League. He hit .167 with three runs batted in.

The catcher said he and some friends who decided to play there decided to leave the league. “We were kind of promised a lot of things,” he said. “Things weren’t looking up.”

He said the players ended up absorbing expenses, such as for housing, they were told would be covered when they joined the team.

Other teams from the Pecos League and the United Shore Professional Baseball League have contacted Pavelock, he said, but he has not pursued the leads. “I don’t really know who to trust anymore,” he said.

Pavelock finished his college career at University of Texas at Tyler.

More baseball

Pitcher Garrett Harris of Trois-Rivieres in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball allowed five hits and one run over eight innings to earn the win over the Cuba National team. The Anderson-Shiro High product struck out four in improving his record to 5-0 with a 2.54 earned run average.

As of Thursday, pitcher Tyler Eppler had a 3-2 record and 2.70 ERA in 11 games for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan. Out of Navasota High, the right-hander had two holds.

Pitcher Josh Mancuso had a 1-2 record and 7.50 ERA in five outings for Souris Valley of the Expedition League. The Paris Junior College sophomore played for Anderson-Shiro.

Men’s rodeo

Previously at Anderson-Shiro, McCoy Profili of Hill College paired with Wyatt Muggli of Texas A & M University-Commerce to tie for first in team roping during the third round at the College National Finals Rodeo.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com .