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July 8, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, July 8

RiverRats’ Brankle set for All-Star Game

Former Taylor High School baseball standout Matt Brankle will play for the East squad in the Prospect League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. today at Terre Haute’s Sycamore Stadium. The Prospect League is a summer collegiate wood bat league featuring 11 teams.

Brankle is a member of the Richmond RiverRats. The right-handed relief pitcher owns a 1-2 record and a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings of work over a team-high 15 appearances. He shares the team lead in strikeouts with 22 and has issued just six walks.

Brankle is a repeat All-Star selection. He threw one inning of scoreless relief in last year’s game, helping the East take a 2-1 win.

As a junior at Earlham College, he posted a 2-5 record, one save and a 3.15 ERA in the 2014 campaign. He had 53 strikeouts in 54.1 innings of work. He was a first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference pick.

Wildkats select Swan as new baseball coach

Kokomo High School on Monday announced the selection of Sean Swan as its new baseball skipper. He has been an assistant coach for the Kats for the past four seasons.

“I feel this is one of the top programs in the state of Indiana, and to be able to lead that program is an amazing feeling,” Swan said in a press release. “I have very high expectations for the Kokomo baseball program.”

Before coming to Kokomo, Swan was a head coach at Tri-Central and Lapel for three seasons apiece, and an assistant coach at Muncie Central and Westfield for five seasons apiece.

“We are very excited to be able to bring in someone with Sean Swan’s experience throughout his baseball coaching career,” Kokomo AD Jason Snyder said in the release. “Sean brings great energy and enthusiasm for teaching the game of baseball, and we believe Sean will do a great job building on the foundation that is Kokomo baseball.”

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