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Senators add to 2005 roster

April 21, 2005 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Jackson Senators News Release

Jackson, MS; April 21, 2005 – The Jackson Senators of the Central Baseball League (CBL) announced today they have signed seven more players to their 2005 roster. Returning to the Sens in 2005 are catcher Gerard McCall, infielder Erick Mejias, outfielder Nick Sorensen and pitcher Mark Ihlenburg, while catcher Travis Nowell, infielder Luis Espinosa and outfielder Carlos Brackley

McCall, a Marion, MS native, returns behind the dish for his fourth tour of duty with the Sens. Last season he hit .228 with 3 home runs and 29 RBI.

Mejias, originally signed by the Texas Rangers in 1997, returns after being traded to North Shore late last season for their playoff run. He hit .255 with 3 home runs and 27 RBI in 61 games with the Senators, then hit a whopping .566 with the Spirit, going 5 for 9 and driving in 2 runs in 3 games

Sorensen split time last season between Pensacola and Jackson, finishing the year with the Sens and hitting .254 with 13 doubles and 21 RBI in 60 games.

Ihlenburg, a right-hander from Roswell, GA, joined the Sens late last year appearing in 5 games and going 1-1.

Nowell, a Petal, MS native, will get his first taste of professional ball this year after playing collegiately at William Carey College.

Espinosa joins the Sens after spending the 2004 season with Kalamazoo of the independent Frontier League. Primarily a third baseman, he hit .255 in 37 games with 3 home runs, 7 doubles and 9 RBI.

Brackley began his professional career in 2001 signing with the Boston Red Sox. Last season with Evansville of the Frontier League he hit .336 with 9 home runs and 42 RBI.

The Jackson Senators are part of the Central Baseball League, an independent league of eight professional baseball teams located throughout four southern states. The league is preparing for its twelfth season this summer with teams located in Edinburg, El Paso, Ft. Worth, Robstown, and San Angelo, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Pensacola, Florida; and Jackson, Mississippi. The CBL will play a 94-game schedule between May and August 2005.

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