Clark and Perron Both Bring Consistency
Of the first 45 BlueSox games last summer, catcher Russell Clark played in 43. Butler had just seven days
off over that 52-day span, and Clark spent one of those playing in the All-Star Game. He will look to bring that consistency
back once again this summer.
"At the beginning of last season, Russ was basically our only catcher due to our others recovering from injury,"
said BlueSox' manager Anthony Rebyanski. "I am not sure of the number of games in a row that he caught, but it was at least
20, and the day I told him he wasn't catching he was not happy. That type of attitude is hard to find in players."
Clark awaits a pitch to crush.
The BlueSox' pitching staff last season was one of the best in League history. Their home outings were particularly
strong, having held opposing offenses to an average of less than three runs per game. And while catchers are often overlooked
when analyzing pitching performances, Clark (along with his fellow catchers Alex Jurich and Josh Forbes) must be recognized
as an integral aspect of such an accomplishment.
"Russ did a fantastic job handling our pitching staff last summer. We look for him to do the same this summer
with a new staff," said Rebyanski. Five pitchers from last year's staff are slated to return to Butler this summer.
Clark's biggest offensive moment arguably came on the Fourth of July, in front of over 750 fans at Pullman
Park. Clark stroked 1-2 pitch into right-center field in the bottom of the 13th inning for a walk off single that allowed
Pat McCarthy to jog home from third base to win the game 2-1 for Butler.
One of three catchers named to the Eastern All-Star team, Clark caught four innings of the game. He was behind
the plate while two Butler teammates, Adam Aldred and Tyler Ferguson, were on the mound.
While Clark will be crouched behind home plate trying to get hitters to strike out, he will have his University
of Cincinnati teammate Forrest Perron in the infield to back up his pitchers out in the event a batter does get wood on the
"[Russ caught] at least 20 games in a row and the day I told him he wasn't catching he was not happy. That
type of attitude is hard to find."
"We look for Forrest to be a utility guy up the middle as well as possibly playing some in the outfield,"
said Rebyanski. "With his speed, bat and defensive ability, we believe he is going to play a major role in our success in
Now a sophomore, Perron made played in 51 games for the Bearcats last spring hitting .243/.366/.299. He scored
32 runs and knocked in 21 more. His OBP was helped out by a good eye, which led to 30 walks in 177 at-bats.
"We believe he can be a top of the lineup type guy or even a guy at the bottom that can help turn the lineup
back over," said Rebyanski. "Wherever he fits in our lineup and defensively, we are excited to have him this summer."
Perron hit over .400 and lettered in each of his final two high school seasons at Strongsville High School
in Ohio. He was named the Northeast Ohio Conference Most Valuable Player both years. In his first two high school seasons
he lettered at Walsh Jesuit, where he received Perfect Game Underclass High honorable mentions in 2011 and 2010.
Still just a sophomore, Clark has ten hits, including two doubles, in nine games at bats at the University
of Cincinnati so far this spring. Perron has appeared in three games so far, he has scored one run.
New members of the 2014 BlueSox will be featured each Monday.
BlueSox Looking to Sign Free Agent Interns!
The Butler BlueSox are looking for all-star high school and college students who would be interested in being
an intern for the 2014 baseball season!
Operating our ball club takes knowledge from a variety of majors including sport management, communications,
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The ballpark is a fun place to work and being a BlueSox intern presents the opportunity to work on real-world
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