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Willey moves up to Phillies' Double A affiliate
Ex-Skipjack pitcher throws one scoreless inning in first appearance

READING, Pa. – Cory Willey is moving up.

Willey, the 26-year-old former Chesapeake College pitcher, was promoted Monday night by the Philadelphia Phillies organization to the Reading Phillies of the Double A Eastern League. The promotion was the result of Willey’s work with the Clearwater Threshers of the Class A (Advanced) Florida State League, where he compiled a 4-1 record with four saves and a 2.15 earned-run average.

The 6-foot, 185-pound left hander joined his new team Tuesday night in Harrisburg, Pa., where the Phillies began a five-game series with the Senators. He allowed one hit while striking out two batters while pitching one inning of Reading’s 6-2 win over Harrisburg.

Reading (37-39) started play Wednesday night in fifth place in the sixth-team Eastern League Southern Division while the Senators (28-49) are in last place in the South.

"I’m very happy for Cory and his move up the minor league ladder," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski, who coached Willey during his tenure with the Skipjacks. "Cory has always worked hard and played the game with passion. We’re very proud of Cory’s accomplishments."

Willey also played at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School and Salisbury University. Local fans may get a convenient opportunity to see Willey play next month, when Reading plays a three-game series in Bowie against the Baysox July 23-25.

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