The Tar River Bandits, Tarboro’s first-year entry in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League, continue to add players to fill out their roster, according to owner Wayne Turnage.
Turnage has signed three more players — including one who grew up 45 minutes from Municipal Stadium and another from more than 3,000 miles away.
Joining the River Bandits will be right-handed pitcher Taite Hensley, a 6-1, 185-pound sophomore from Centralia (Wash.) College’s Trailblazers.
Hensley, from Kelso, Wash., throws consistently in the 84-to-86 mph range with a solid curve and a developing change-up. Hensley played last summer in the Cascade Collegiate League.
As a freshman at Centralia, Hensley was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA. In 20 innings he allowed 13 hits while recording 11 strikeouts and issuing 16 walks.
Joining the squad from the Triad Region of North Carolina will be catcher Jake Brown, a freshman at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer.
Brown is a 5-10, 185-pound freshman and graduated from North Davidson High School in Welcome, where he helped lead his team into the state playoffs. He also played American Legion Baseball, where he hit .365 with 23 RBI.
The third player announced by Turnage is Pitt Community College freshman infielder-outfielder Shea Ward.
Ward, who played his high school ball at Greenville’s D.H. Conley, stands 6-3 and was a key part of Conley’s baseball success. Through his high school career, he hit .302 in 59 games, including 51 hits and 55 RBI. He struck out 38 times and drew 17 walks.
At present, Tarboro joins six teams returning from the 2019 season, including league champions Fuquay-Varina’s Twins, the Wake Forest Fungo, the Carolina Thunder, Carolina Pirates, Roanoke (Va.) Rails and Catawba Valley Stars. An effort has been underway to establish a franchise in New Bern, but the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League website has no information.