Area players taken in draft

Friday, June 6, 2008 at 1:27am

Vanderbilt’s Brett Jacobson and Commodore signees Ryan Westmoreland and Adam Milligan were selected on the first day of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

Westmoreland, a two-way high-school player from Portsmouth, R.I., was a fifth-round selection of the Boston Red Sox (172nd overall). He was a two-time All-State selection and two-time Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year. The speedy outfielder also served as a pitcher, striking out 19 of 21 batters in a perfect game in the spring.

Milligan was a sixth-round selection (190th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. He recently completed his sophomore season at Walters State Community College, helping lead the team to a 55-9 overall record and the Junior College World Series. The outfielder batted .395 with 21 homers and 76 RBI. This is the third time the Braves have drafted him as they selected him in the 28th round out of high school and in the 27th round a year ago.

Franklin High shortstop Corban Joseph was taken in the fourth round by the New York Yankees, going 140th overall. He has signed with Kentucky.

Tennessee football signee Casey Kelly, who planned to play quarterback for the Vols, was taken with the 30th pick of the first round by the Boston Red Sox. It is likely he will pursue pro baseball instead of going to UT.

Four Sounds combine for shutout

Four Sounds pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout and lead Nashville to a 2-0 win against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Greer Stadium on Thursday night.

Nashville pitchers Derrick Turnbow, Lindsay Gulin, Jason Shiell, and Luis Pena all threw scoreless outings to give the Sounds their second shutout of the season. The team’s only other shutout came on April 6, which was just the fourth game of the season for the Sounds.

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