You may have caught wind by now, but in case you haven’t, Hinckley Township was represented in Major League Baseball this summer when 2013 Highland Grad Luke Raley had an 11-day stint as a Tampa Bay Ray this past June.
The outfielder went 1-for-7, with one run and one RBI in two games after being called up to fill in for injured players Manuel Margot and Kevin Kiermaier. He returned to the Durham Bulls, the organization’s Triple-A affiliate in early July.
The 2013 graduate of Highland High school made his Major League debut in April 2021 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a career .178 hitter at the major league level with two home runs, six runs and five RBIs while appearing in 35 games.
Prior to being called up this year, Raley was 26-for-87 (.299) in 24 games for the Bulls. He is 144-for-485 (.297) over the past three seasons at Triple-A with the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Durham Bulls.
Speaking of Hinckley athletes, five Baldwin Wallace University men’s volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2022 Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League Academic All-Conference team, including sophomore setter Brandon Long of Hinckley.
In order to receive this academic achievement award, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 grade point-average and have earned a varsity letter. This is his second-consecutive Academic All-MCVL honor.
Long competed in all 26 matches for the Yellow Jackets this spring. He averaged 8.83 assists per set and notched 123 total digs. He totaled 777 assists this season and surpassed 1,000 career assists. Long also added 32 service aces, 22 total blocks, and 19 kills.
The following Hinckley college students graduated this spring from their respective colleges and universities: Rachel Difrancisco, Joe Fesler, Alicia Porvasnik, Annie Printy and Elizabeth Van Gelder, Ohio University; Sarah Lyons and Patrick Nagy, Baldwin Wallace University; Tyler Randolph, Kimberly Sprungl, Samantha Szpak, University of Findlay; Boyd Colbrunn, Maddie McKendry, Holland Walker and Baylei Zahoransky, Miami Univeristy, ∞