Loris baseball coach Keith Daniels has resigned from his coaching position, according to Lions Athletics Director Barry Brooks.
Daniels, who led the team to the Class AA state title series this season, was at Loris for five seasons after moving over from North Myrtle Beach. The Lions also played for the Lower State championship in 2013.
Loris will lose its top three players from this year's team. Tanner Chock, Tanner Cox and Ryan Bellamy have all signed with various college programs.
Brooks said Daniels would retain his teaching position with the school, and that Daniels was resigning in order to concentrate on his doctorate. Daniels previously earned a masters in educations.
Brooks said the school currently does not have any open teaching positions. It's the same position North Myrlte Beach was in when it announced earlier this week that Brian Alderson - who teaches at West Brunswick (N.C.) - would take over its baseball program.
Pelicans land eight on all-star roster
The Carolina League announced the All-Star roster for the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game on Wednesday, and the Pelicans were heavily represented, according to a release. Eight Pelicans have been selected to represent the Carolina League. Catcher Jorge Alfaro, infielders Preston Beck and Joey Gallo, outfielders Royce Bolinger and Nick Williams, and pitchers Alexander Claudio, Andrew Faulkner and Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalezall made the team, according to the release. Alfaro, Beck, Gallo, and Williams were selected as starters. The Pelicans have more players selected than any other team – Wilmington had the second most players with four.
The game will be played at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington on June 17.
Alfaro, 20, is in his fifth professional season and is one of the top prospects in the Rangers system, according to the release. Ranked by MLB.com as the number one ranked player and by Baseball America as the number two prospect in the Rangers system, Alfaro is hitting .272 with five homers and 30 RBI.
Gallo, 20, earns his second straight trip to his league’s Midseason All-Star game. The power hitter was a South Atlantic Midseason and Postseason All-Star selection last year. After leading the minors in home runs last year with 40, the Henderson, Nevada native is on pace for a 52-home run season with 21 homers through 56 games. He leads the Carolina League in home runs, RBI (48), runs scored (51), walks (50), total bases (134), on-base percentage (.466), extra-base hits (32), and slugging percentage (.753).