Immediate Release: June 14, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton baseball first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) hit a three-run double in his first professional at-bat, helping the Amarillo (Texas) Dillas rally to beat Laredo 13-8 Wednesday night in a United League game. Hitchcock signed a contract with the independent league team earlier in the week, and was inserted into the lineup in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter. He delivered a bases-clearing double down the third base line to help erase a seven-run deficit and carry the Dillas to the win. Hitchcock played the final three innings at first base.
Amarillo is a member of United League Baseball, an independent league of six professional baseball teams located in Texas and Louisiana. The United League is in its second season this summer with teams located in Amarillo, Edinburg, Laredo, Harlingen, and San Angelo, Texas; and Alexandria, Louisiana. The ULB will play a 100-game schedule between May and August 2007. With the win, the Dillas improve to 16-18 on the season and move just three games behind first place Rio Grande Valley.
Hitchcock, the America East Player of the Year and four-time conference all-star, led the Bearcats to a record-breaking campaign this spring. Binghamton won a school-record 28 games, captured the America East regular season title and finished runnerup at the postseason tournament. He hit .366 with five home runs and 39 RBI in 47 games this season, earning first team all-conference honors for the third time. He departs Binghamton as the career leader in batting average (.360), hits (246), RBI (150), doubles (48) and walks (95).
He is the fourth Bearcat to sign a professional contract in the last three years, joining Andy Hutchings (New Jersey Jackals, 2005), Aaron Davis (Fullerton Flyers, 2006) and Mathieu Bergeron (Quebec Captales, 2006).
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