Emory & Henry senior baseball pitcher Keith Fenner learned Tuesday that he has been drafted by the Washington Wild Things.
Fenner was picked up by the Pennsylvania team in the fourth round of the Frontier League draft. The Frontier League is a member of the Independent Professional Baseball Federation and includes such teams as the River City Rascals out of O’Fallon, Mo.; the Rockford RiverHawks out of Loves Park, Ill.; and the Lake Erie Crushers out of Avon, Ohio.
Darin Everson, director of baseball operations and field manager for the Wild Things, said, “We had great reports on Keith from pitching coach Mark Dewey, who he pitched for at Emory & Henry. We think he has the ability to fill many different roles on our pitching staff.”
A business management major from Chilhowie, Fenner posted a 4.35 earned run average and a 2-5 record in the 2011 season.
Emory & Henry head coach Trey McCall said the right-handed pitcher greatly deserves the honor. “He has worked extremely hard both on and off the field. This is also a testament to the work that Coach Dewey has done with him.”