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Marauder Baseball 

 

            In its long run, Marauder baseball has been a successful platform for talent but has won only one conference title, in 1969 under coach Ray Smith.  Some of the players that have come through the Marauder baseball program include Frank Slayton (1967-68) who was selected First team All-Central Conference (first base) in 1967 after hitting .385 in 1967 and posted a perfect 8-0 record as a pitcher and again in 1968 when he posted a 9-5 record and hit .354.  Later, he would be named All-NCAA All-America Div. II Tournament first baseman in 1970 for National Champion Matadors and played professional baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers organization; Jim Slayton (1969) where he led Marauders to Desert Conference championship and second round of state playoffs in 1969, and was named player of the year in Desert Conference in 1969, posting a 12-3 record with a 2.63 ERA.  Slayton later became an outstanding player for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers and California Angels; Perry Husband (1981who holds the state community college record for consecutive game hitting streak with 31 straight games in 1981, hitting safely in 32 of 33 games in 1981 for the Marauders and batted .439 (69 for 157) with 37 RBI while scoring 45 runs and had slugging percentage of .669; Jim Bruske (1985) AVC's leading hitter and pitcher in 1985, sporting a .367 batting average and a 3.51 earned run average.  Hitting, he compiled a .598 slugging percentage with 16 of his 45 hits being for extra bases.  He led the Marauders in steals with 9 and had 32 walks and 30 RBI.  Pitching, he had only six starts, but fashioned a 6-1 record, with three saves.  Had 101 strikeouts in 69.1 innings, including 16 against Porterville; and Kevin Appier (1987) who pitched 136 innings, nearly double anyone else on the staff, allowing 40 earned runs for a 2.65 earned run average, striking out 161 batters, including 15 against LA City and Palomar. Had an 11-6 record for the Marauders, and had three saves. In the early 1990s, he was the top pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, before moving on to the Oakland Athletics.

            

 

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