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Worthington's career hits new Frontier

August 20, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

Kent Worthington graduated from Mount St. Mary's University with a biology degree.

Now, as a baseball pitcher, he hopes to dissect some batters.

When Worthington finished the 2010 season with the Hagerstown Braves, his season didn't end.

The former North Hagerstown pitcher recently signed with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League, an independent league without Major League affilliations.

"The Braves have been a temporary thing while going to tryouts," said Worthington. "I did what I could for them and they did a lot for me by allowing me to pitch and keep in shape."

He went 4-2 with a 1.49 earned run average, striking out 40 in 47 innings for the Braves this year.

Wearing No. 10, the 22-year-old Worthington made his debut on Aug. 12 against Windy City.

He has appeared in two games as a relief pitcher, toiling 6 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts, while allowing four hits and walking five. He has yet to allow a run.

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"I didn't have any nerves pitching in front of a crowd. I was just pumped and I think I could feel my heart beating," said Worthington, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound right hander.

Worthington has made several visits to tryout camps throughout the region. He secured a tryout with Evansville through Clear Spring coach Mark Shives and he was ready to make the 10-hour trip.

"I threw a bullpen session and then batting practice and they liked what they saw and said they had a spot on the team for me," said Worthington.

He's hoping yet to move into the position of being able to start games before the season ends Sept. 6.

"There are no guarantees, but I'd be happy to come back to them in this league," said Worthington. "I just want to get a shot at an affiliated contract.

"It's always been a lifelong dream to play pro ball. I'm still working at it."

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