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Blowfish to run "Lexington County Fair" as 2019 theme.

Gilbert's Jacob Rye, Shawn Torbett included on roster, coaching staff

The Coastal Plain League baseball franchise announced next season's plans during  a "World Series Luncheon" in the Lexington County Stadium VIP room. 
This year's season-long theme will play homage to the 150th anniversary of the South Carolina State Fair. As part of the "Lexington County Fair", the Blowfish will create County Fair-themed jerseys, as well as sell carnival-related food and drink and hold games throughout the summer.
Along with the new theme, Lexington County co-owner Bill Shanahan and general manager Theo Bacot revealed steps taken to improve the on-field product. After finishing with its worst record since moving from Columbia to Lexington, the team is determined to make its return to the Pettit Cup playoffs and win the Coastal Plain League title trophy.
"That is our goal and the way we're doing it is recruiting players that fit all together like a puzzle," Shanahan said.
Bacot announced the re-signing of USC-Aiken and Gilbert High pitcher Jacob Rye to the 2019 roster, as well as the signing of catcher James McConnon of St. Joseph's University and first baseman Houston Wright of Gaffney, currently playing for Spartanburg Methodist College. 
In addition, Bacot said the team has received verbal commitments from Lexington High graduates catcher Jared Kirven and shortstop Josh Asbill. 
The Blowfish have also hired Shawn Torbett as their pitching coach. Currently a teacher at Gilbert High School, Torbett brings over 20 years of coaching experience from his time at Lexington, Brookland-Cayce and A.C. Flora high schools. 
"He's got a lot of insight in developing pitching and catching," Shanahan said. "When we stared talking to Shawn, he started rattling off key names that we got on the phone and started calling about immediately because they're the right pieces of the puzzle to help us win. 
"Of course, all the fun and the games and the things that we do. But folks, it's time for us to win right here in Lexington County on that field and Mrs. (Vicki) Shanahan has guaranteed us to win the championship."
The Stadium VIP room is the site for the Oct. 31 Mayors' Prayer Breakfast held by Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall. Furman alumnus and former University of South Carolina chaplain Adrian Despres will be the guest speaker.
Doors open at 7 a.m. and breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $10.00 and seating is limited.
 

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