Thursday, August 16, 2012

Renegades' Gantt on inspirational award list

Hudson Valley Renegades outfielder Marty Gantt is a finalist for the Tom Walter Award, which recognizes inspirational stories in college baseball.

Gantt, drafted in June from the College of Charleston, was born with a deformed right hand. His fingers stop at most people's knuckles.

Gantt was the Southern Conference player of the year after hitting .373 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs this spring. He has a .226 average in 45 games with the Renegades.

Pleasant Grove native Hunter Brister is one of the nine other finalists. Brister, a pitcher at Western Carolina, helped neighbors after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. He writes "427" on the mound each time he pitches.

The finalists were named today. The award winners will be announced Aug. 21.

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