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Conway checks into Coastal Carolina but maintains pro hopes

July 11, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Josh Conway was busy checking in Saturday on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in of all places -- Conway, S.C.

Drafted in the 42nd round of the June Amateur Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves, Conway has yet to make a final decision on his immediate future pertaining to professional baseball.

He has what amounts to a one-month extension to make up his mind. And that suits him just fine after spending last week in Atlanta with the Braves' scout team in front of plenty of eyes in the orgainzation's system.

"I had what I thought was a good week," said Conway before leaving for Coastal Carolina. "I started out playing right field, came into pitch as a closer and then ended playing shortstop."

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Therein was the surprise for the Smithsburg graduate, who had primarily been a pitcher and outfielder for the Leopards.

"They wanted to test me at shortstop and everything went well," said Conway. "I just had to get that first ground ball and everything was good after that."

Conway also did pretty good at the plate as he adjusts to using a wooden bat, going 9 for 16.

Conway is enrolled in the late summer school session at Coastal Carolina and that's where his possibility of signing still exists prior to a time in mid-August and the fall session when he has to firm up his decision to spend the next two years in college or test the pro waters.

"The Braves are looking to see how many of the players ahead of me they sign," said Conway. "I think any package they put together will be based on that."

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