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22 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, October 29, 1998 O By Bob Madison The World Series just ended. The players in the major leagues are ei- ther on short vacations, playing in fall in- structional leagues, or preparing for winter baseball in countries lining the Caribbean Sea. Here in Jefferson County, there is one professional baseball player. Just one. And he is Trad Sokol, the 21-year-old son of Gerry and Cinda Sokol of Tuscawilla Hills. Trad is a lefthanded pitcher, the most prized commodity in any baseball circle, especially professional baseball. He graduated from Jefferson High, where he was the winning pitcher in a state championship game when only a sophomore. Jefferson baseball coach John Lowery remembers Trad as being a player "who worked extremely hard throughout his high school career. He showed improve- ment each year. "Trad was very dedicated and very loyal to our team and his teammates. He is an outstanding young man from an outstand- ing family. While at Jefferson, he won more than 20 games and is one of the top winners in the history of the program." Trad then played at Frederick Commu- nity College, a Division II junior college that competes annually for a berth in the Junior College World Series. During the summer of 1997, he was seen pitching in the Blue Ridge Adult League by Milwaukee Brewers scout Jeff Brookens. Brookens comes from a long line of base- ball players himself, being related to former major league third baseman Tom Brookens. Brookens contacted Sokol after the jun- ior college season ended and told him "he was going to put my card into the free agent draft" for June, 1997, according to Sokol. When asked about what were Trad's selling points, Brookens said, "He has two breaking pitches that he can get over the plate for strikes. His slider and curve can both be thrown for strikes, and he had a fairly good changeup. Of course, his being a lefthanded pitcher meant we were willing to take a longer look at him." The Brewers must have believed Brookens' reports on Sokol's chances for professional success because they drafted him in the 26th round. And shortly there- after, the 6-foot-i, 170-pound product of the local Little League system was signed and on his way to Ogden, Utah to play in a so-called "short season" league. What were Trad's first impressions of Ogden? "Ogden had a new field and a new sta- dium. It was one of the best fields I have - ever played on." The Pioneer League begins play in mid- June, while many of the other minor league seasons begin in mid-April. It is a "limited service" league where players with two years of service or less are sent to begin their professional careers. Trad was maturing physically. Just what major league teams wish for in young W, VL Prep Footheil brings The top IS teams in each class qualify for the playoffs, beginning November 13. Class AAA Team R~ Pts L Musselman 6.0 18.33 g. Morgantown 8-0 13.00 3. Nitro 6.0 14.57 4. Parberaburg 6.014.50 3. University 7-913.13 & Huntington 8-213.00 7. Greenbrlar East 7-119.00 8. Capital 6-210.38 9. Robert C. Byrd 6-39.75 I0. Point Plcasont 6-29.60 11. Buckhannon-Upshur 6-89.22 13. Wheeling Park 5.38.25 13. Hurricane 5-38.25 14. North Marion 6.47.89 15. Spring Valley 5.37.88 19. Rtpley 8-47.67 (tie) St. Albans 5-47.67 18. Hedgesvflle 4-47.43 19, John Marshall 4-47.25 ~. Princeton 5-47.B2 Class Team l~c Pts I. Weir 6.0 13.78 2. DuPont 6.1 13.67 3. James Monroe 9-0 12.00 4. Magnolia 8.0 U.63 5. Tucker County 5-1 10.89 6. Shady Spring 6.0 I0.00 7. Ravenswood 6.1 9.78 8. East Bank 7-2 9.75 (tie) Scott 6.0 9.75 (tie) Tyler Conlolldated 7.1 9.75 n. Mount ~ew 7-2 9,67 12. Bridgeport 6.39.63 15. R/ehwood 7-28.29 14. SouthHarrigon 5-38.13 15. Wyoming East 6-27.75 19. Liberty Harrison 5.37.50 17. Wayne 5.37.43 18. Ritehie County 6.27.13 (tie) Winfield 5-37.13 20. Liberty Raleigh 6-26.63 Class A Team Eac Pts I. Fayatteville 8.0 10.38 2. Moorafleid 8-0 10.14 3. Gilbert 7-1 8.88 4. Cameron 6.6.1 8.75 5. Buffalo 6.18.57 9. Bishop Donahue 8-I8.44 7. Parkeraburg cath. %1 7.25 8. Pendlaton County 5.26.50 9. Willlamson 6-36.38 10. Guyen Vallay 6.35.75 (tie) Hamlin 6.25.7g 12. Valley Wetsei 6-95.73 13. Matewan 5.35.50 14. Clay-Battelle 5.2.1 5.41 15. Madonna 5-2 5,29 19. Mount Hope 4-44.63 17. Gilmar County 5.44.M 18. Wahama 4-44.25 19. Gauley Bridge 5-44.22 20. Bureh 4-44.13 The Top 28 Record Pts Pv I. Ohio St. (84) 7-0 1,744 I 2. UCLA (I) 6-0 1,641 2 3, Tennessee (2i 6.0 1,917 3 4. Kansas St. (g) 7-0 1,665 4 9. Florida at. 7.1 1,438 9 6. Florida 6-1 1,437 5 7. Nebraska 7-1 1,250 7 8. TexasA & M 7.1 1,240 5 9. Wisconsin I0. Penn ~t. U. Georgia 12. Oregon 13. Arisona 14, Arkansas 15. Virginia 16. Notre Dame 17. Syracuse 18. Missouri 19. ~,dane 20. Virginia Teeh 21. Wast Virginia 23. Michigan 23. Georgia Teeh 34. Colorado 93. Miami pitchers. He is now up to 185 pounds, antwo-seam fastball that I hadn't used be- extremely important ingredient for profes- fore, but they didn't try to teach us any new sional players, because many away from pitches." home and fending for themselves for the Brookens was asked what the organiza- first time lose weight, become weakened by tion had planned for Trad. "After two sea- the rigors of fast food, 14-hour bus rides, sons in the minor leagues, everything is up and motel living, and are released by their to him now. He has shown improvement parent teams before their first season is and he must continue to show improve- even completed, ment. He has to be ready to perform the But Trad didn't succumb to the enervat- day spring training opens." ing conditions that prevail along the minor Does he have to do well in spring train- league trails, ing next March or risk being released? He posted impressive enough numbers "This will be his third year. Every year a that first year. Going 2-0 in 38 2-3 innings, player can survive, the better offhe is. The Trad was used mainly in relief, as most bottom line is continued improvement and late-round draftees with no significant be- the ability to get batters out. To go to the nus money are in the politically taintednext level, you need to get batters out." waters of professional baseball. What would be the natural progression Trad struck out 43, better than one per for a player coming off two seasons of inning and he walked but 16, posting an "short season" experience? "Beloit of the ERA of 4.19. Of more importance, he never Midwest League is a full-season team. was injured. Injuries can mean a quick bus Nothing is certain, but ifTrad does what is ticket home for the player with no large be- necessary in spring training that (Beloit) nus money. And late-round draftees re- would seem to be where he would start the ceive no large bonus money. 1999 season." This past March, Trad went to his first Has Trad done what was needed to open spring training, some eyes in the organization? "Yes, I What was that experience like for some- think he has. The work ethic is there. The one who had dreamed of a professional ca- desire is there. He is quality young man reer as a youth league player? from a quality family and those are impor- "I didn't know what to expect. But we tant factors. Whether you get money (to did a lot of workouts that I was used to do- sign) or not, you must get hitters out. That ing. We worked on fundamentals and the is the bottom line. Improvement and get- experience of the previous summer helpedting hitters are what the organization is me." looking for now." Following his first spring training, Trad While the 1998 season is only a memory was sent back to the Pioneer League, butnow, Trad continues to workout every other his time to Helena, Montana. day if possible. "Milwaukee has two teams in that Says Trad, "I have a weight training league," Trad said. "They sent about theprogram the trainer gave me when the sea- same talent to both teams, but our team son was over. I have been getting stronger, had a lot of injuries and we didn't win and I need to throw as much as possible so many games." I can go to spring training in the best pos- When asked further about the 1998 sea- sible condition. son and how the experiences of team fail- "Last winter, the trainer would call ev- ure helped his grow as a player, Trad men- ery so often to see if I needed anything. I tioned, "It was a rough season. I had toexpect him to that again this winter." concentrate and try to stay focused. It was If he throws every other day, where does hard with all the injuries we had." Trad find to work out when the weather in For Helena, Trad pitched in relief, some- December and January isn't conductive to times as the team's closer, until the last going outside? I throw to my dad at the three weeks of the season when he was em- Asbury Methodist Church in Charles ployed as a starter. Town." His travels in the Pioneer League were His dad, Gerry, played with former long- extensive. The cities in the league are the time, major league knuckleball pitcher Billings Mustangs, Butte Copper Kings, Charlie Hough in college. Great Falls Dodgers, and Helena Brewers -- all in Montana; Idaho Falls Braves Trad says, "I go to an athletic club in (Idaho); Ogden Raptors (Utah); Lethbridge Charles Town to work out with weights, Black Diamonds and Medicine Hat Blue mostly dumbbells." Jays (Alberta, Canada). What will Trad be expecting when he reports to his second spring training? "I Helena won only 20 games, and Trad know most of the workouts and what to was 0-4 and even though his ERA was 5.62, look for. I just have to be ready to pitch it was one of the lowest of the 14 pitchers from the first day forward." the team used during the year. Trad got Trad was a longshot to ever play profes- into 24 games and was credited with foursional baseball. saves. In his 41 2-3 innings of work, heHe remains a longshot to ever pitch in gave up 47 hits, walked 23, permitted 26the major leagues - as does any player be- earned runs, and most importantly, struck cause only 5% of those signed ever plays out 41 - again about one per inning or nine one game in' the majors. That's one out of per regulation game. 20 players. What did Trad learn from his pitching But he is living his dream. How many of coach and the minor league roving pitching us can say that. Not even one in 20. instructor while at Helena? And if he ever shakes hands with his "We had a pitching coach named R.C. "catcher" as you see the pitchers do in the Liechtenstein. He gave us guidance and majors after a winning effort, you will showed us a few different grips on the ball know his is a sincere handshake, because than we were normally using. I tried a this winter his "catcher" is his dad. I 8-0 1,209 9 Big East Conference 5-1 1,118 10 Conference All Games 6.1 1,036 B W L W L 6.1 997 12 Syracuse2 O 4 2 7.1 887 14 Vs. Tech3 1 9 1 6.0 847 15 Miami 2 1 4 2 6.1 8U 16 W. Virginia I I 4 2 5-1 621 18 Boston Col. 2 2 3 4 4-3 476 21 Temple 1 2 1 6 5-2 472 19 6-0 463 22 Rutgera 1 3 3 4 6-1 394 23 Pittsburgh 0 2 2 4 4-2 291 13 Next Saturday's Gmes 5-2 231 Boston College at Miami 5-2 175 20 Pittsburgh at Syracuse 6-2 164 17 Temple at Rutgere 4-2 119 West Virginia at Virginia Tech Others receiving votes: Air Force 111, Texas Tech 94, Washington 77, Marshall 62, LaU 56, Texas 44, Wyoming 28, Kentucky 22, 8outhern Cai 9, Colorado St. 4. Record Pts Pv I. Ohio State (65) 7-0 1,543 I 2. UCLA (I) 6-0 1,453 2 3. Kansas State (5) 7.0 1,412 3 4. Tennessee (I) 6-0 1,402 4 5. Florida 6-1 1,274 5 6. Florida State 7-1 1,233 6 7. Nebraska 7-1 1,134 7 8. Wisconsin 8-0 1,130 8 9. TexasA & M 7-1 1,018 1O 10. Penn Stats 5-1 1,008 9 11. Georgia 6-1 891 11 12. Arkansas 6-0 808 12 13. Oregon 6-1 806 I4 14. "drginia 6-1 739 15 15. Arizona 7-1 709 16 16. Notre Dame 5-1 521 20 17. Vlrginia Tech 6-1 471 21 18. Tulane 6-0 451 23 19. Syracuse 4-3 424 22 30. West Virginia 4-3 318 13 21. Missouri 3-2 302 18 22. Michigan 5-3 179 28. Air Force 6-1 170 24. Georgia Tsch 5.2 153 19 25. Colorado 6-3 143 17 Others receiving votes: Texas Tech H2, Washington 93, Marshall 54, LaU 49, Texas 48, Miami 41, Wyoming 38, Colorado State 14, Kentucky 11, 8outhern California 10, Missis- sippi State 8, Central Florida 7, North Care- line 4, Mississippi 2, Miami (Ohio) I, Southern Miasissippi 1. West Virginia Conference Conference All Games WL WL Shepherd 4 0 6 1 Feirmont at. 3 1 3 4 Concord 2 2 5 3 Glenville at. 2 2 4 4 W. Liberty 2 2 3 4 W.Va. St. 2 2 3 5 W.Va. Wee. 1 3 1 9 WVUTeeh 0 4 0 S Saturday's Results Shepherd 19, Feirmont St. 19 W. Virginia 8txte 38, W. Virginia Tech 10 West Liberty 32, W.Va. Wesleyan 28 Concord 37, Glenville St. 37 Next Saturday's Games Concord at W.Va. Wesleyan Shepherd st W. Virginia St. West Liberty at Fairmont St. W. Virginia Tech at Glenvtlls St. Mid-American Conference Conference Overall WL WL EAST DMSION Marshall 0 O 8 0 Miami, Ohio 3 1 6 1 Bowling Green 2 2 3 5 Ohio 2 3 9 5 Akron 2 3 3 4 Kent 0 5 O 8 WEST nMSION Toledo 4 1 5 3 Cent. Michigan 3 1 4 3 N. Illinois 2 2 2 5 W. Michigan 2 3 4 4 E. Michigan 2 4 2 6 Ball St. 1 5 1 7 Saturday's Games Bowling Green 42, Kent 21 Marshall 42, Ball St. 10 Toledo 24, Akron 17 N. Illinois 26, E. Michigan 14 Cent. Michigan 26, W. Michigan 24 Non-Conference Miami at Cincinnati Saturday's Games Akron at Cent. Michigan Marshall at Bowling Green W. Michigan at Kent Ohio at Miami, Ohio Toledo at N. Illinois Liberty is a beloved discipline. --George Caspar Homans Trad Sokol as he appears on his baseball card i Brewers uniform. Helena is in Bowling WEDNESDAY NIGHT SCRATCH LEAG High Scr Series - ABC ~ JJ Townley 566, Blackford J High Scr Game - Wl$ Nancy Hough 209, Becky High Scr Series - WIl Nancy Hough 551, Becky Teams W L Davis 32 12 WEDNESDAY NIGHT Bunting 30.5 10 Teams Carroll 25.5 11 Zero Cool Mercer 24.5 15 The Strokers Longerbeam 20 14 We Don't Know Seltzer 10 15 High Bailers Barrow 17 16 Alley Cats Canard 15.5 20 The Wild Bunch Lewis 15 18 Intimidators Rutherford 15 19 King's & Queen's Cubbage 14 21 Pinshifters Bonar Jr. 10 23 Bruce's Wrecker Service High Scr Game - ABC -- A C. Carroll IIl 237, Side Winders Carlos Bunting Ill 236, Marc Rutherford 224. Goodwrench High Scr Series - ABC -- Carlos Bunting 888, Twittapaters A. C. Carroll 865, Gary Seltzer 853. Rat Sass Pin Actions High Ind. Ave. - ABC -- L Tuggy Davie III 213.94, Carlos Bunting III 207.25, Dave Mercer Jr. No Luck High Scr Game - Team' 205 09. vice 821, The Strokers 723, High Scr Series - Team' MEN'S TUESDAY NIGHT HANDICAP vice Teams W L High Scr Game Silver Bullets 24 16 Hugh III Davis 232 Jane's Bail Bonds 23 17 High Scr Series - ABC No Luck 22 18 Frank Canard Moose n 21 19 High Scr Game Bank of Charles Town 20 20 Gloria Grove 199, Prime Time 19 21 High Scr Seriee - Misfits 18 22 Vicki Rehanek 566 Thompson's Gas 18 22 Mike's Concrete 18 22 Scott's Auto Body 17 23 INWOOD EATERY[ High Scr Game - Team -. Moose II 1060, Bank Teama of Charles Town 987, Misfits 982. Easy Four High Scr Series - Team -- Moose II 2943, Mis- Unpredictables fits 2771, Jone'e Bail Bonds 2685. Elsie's Herd High Scr Game - ABC .- Gregory Staubs 247, King Pins Donald Smith 242, Brian Longerbeam 225, Jeffery Four Oldies Jenkins 225. Family High Scr Series - ABC -- Gregory Staubs 693, Check Please Hits & Misses Brian Longerbeam 637, Alec Carroll III 624. High Ind. Ave. - ABC -- Gregory Staubs 217.54, Head Pins Brian Longerbeam 213.77, David Mercer 200.19. Keglers Smoothies FRIDAY NIGHT MEN'S COMMERCIAL 3Yy'n Hard Teams W L Rowdy's Outsiders 30.5 9.5 Hot Buns The Who 25.5 14.5 ABC's Sequoia Computers 25 15 Pin Busters Dean's Painting 24 16 Clippers Strike Force 23 17 Bee Gee's Big Daddy's 19 21 Hi Average Bad Boys 18 22 ~ Women Courtney & Sons Towing 16 24 Hi Screwballs I0 30 Hi Game Women - Odd Bunch 9 31 Hi Series Men - High Scr Game - Team -- Strike Force 933, Bad Hi Seriee Women - Jean Boys 926, Sequoia Computers 919. Hi Team Series with High Scr Series - Team -- Sequoia Computers 2365. 2645, The Who 2587, Outsiders 2559. High Scr Game - ABC -- Dean West 261, Ronald Ainsworth 243, Ralph Wolfe 223. High Scr Series - ABC -- Robert Carey 586, Travis 2Yussell 569, Ronald Ainsworth 567. High Ind. Ave. - ABC -- Charles Wolfe 196.90, Robert Carey 196.90, Dennis Woodward 191.33. teams in the NCAA with first-place votes in through October 25 MONDAY NIGHT DOUBLE COUPLES 1. Central Oklahoma (4) Teams W L 2. Northwest Missouri St. Outsiders 29 3 3. Carson-Newman, Tenn. Skittles 30 22 I0 4. UC Davis Ladies & Tramps 22 10 tie. Slippery Rock, Pa. Late Bloomers 20 12 6. Northern Colorado Totally Clueless 18 14 7. North Dakota Moper Maniacs 17 15 8. Indiana, Pa. High Fives 15.5 10.5 9. Southern Arkansas Screwballs 14 18 10. Grand Valley State, Gutter Minds 11,5 20.5 11. Emporia State, Ken. Ah Ha's 24 25 12. Albany State, Ga. Ten Pins 8 24 13. "3~xes-A&M.Kingsville Sheetz Love Shmuffins 7 25 14. Fort Valley State, Ga. High Scr Game - Team -- Outsiders 746, Ladies 15. Nebraska-Omaha & Tramps 709, Skittlae 36. 16. Eastern New Mexico High Scr Series - Team -- Outsiders 2202, La- 17. West Georgia dies & Tramps 1993, Skittles 36. 18. Shepherd, WVa. High Scr Game - ABC -- Eddie Cubbage 245, 19. 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