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Brainers, St. Clair, Morris Sadler join Chesapeake Hall of Fame

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner is invariably referred to as a family affair by representatives of the college’s close-knit staff. That characterization was never more true than Thursday night, when the Brainer Brothers joined the elite group of inductees.

Baseball players Bryan and Brad Brainer headlined a Class of 2010 that also included All-American baseball player Tim St. Clair and former women’s softball standout Beth Morris Sadler. They are now part of a Hall of Fame that includes 33 individuals, two national tournament-qualifying teams, and two community organizations.

"Baseball is one thing, but I think the most significant thing about the Brainer Family is that the mother and father (Linda and Glen) laid such a good foundation about values, ethics and morals, which to me is so much more important than athletic ability," said Dr. Ed Baker, professor of kinesiology, who was the presenter for Brad Brainer at Thursday night’s ceremony. "All six Brainer kids are just wonderful people."

Thursday’s dinner and induction ceremony was sponsored by Medifast, a weight-loss company with a distribution center in Ridgely. This is the first year the dinner was used as a fundraiser for athletic scholarships, raising nearly $2,000. Medifast’s $3,000 donation covered all costs and contributed the first $200 to the scholarship fund.

"Medifast is just such a great corporate citizen," said Dr. Barbara Viniar, Chesapeake College’s president. "Brad MacDonald (Medifast founder and chairman) is deeply involved in the community, with sponsorship of this event just one example of Medifast’s commitment."

Bryan Brainer attended Chesapeake from 2003 to 2005, with brother Brad immediately following for a two-year stay at the college. The Skipjacks posted a 126-74-2 record during the four seasons that one of the brothers played on the baseball team.

St. Clair, a third-team All-American in 2003, holds or shares 12 Chesapeake College batting records. He set single-season records for batting average (.448) and home runs (12) as a freshman in 2003, and finished his Chesapeake career with a record .398 batting average and 19 home runs. Morris Sadler was a two-time all-Region XX first-team selection who played on the 2006 squad that won a then-school-record 20 games.

Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake’s athletic director and the baseball coach who recruited the Brainers and St. Clair, said all four inductees represent the Hall of Fame’s highest standards for achievement.

"The Brainer Family has supported not only the baseball program but the athletic department and the college, and the two boys are a huge part of what we’ve achieved in baseball," said Szymanski, who served as St. Clair’s presenter Thursday night. "Tim and Beth contributed greatly to the college and the athletic program both on the field and in the classroom. This is a very high-quality class we are inducting."

Bryan Brainer still holds single-season Chesapeake records for wins and innings pitched and has a World Series victory to his credit. He was 8-2 with a 2.56 ERA during Chesapeake’s 2005 World Series year in which the Skipjacks set a school record for wins (40) that still stands.

Brainer pitched two years at Salisbury University, earning second team all-Capital Athletic Conference honors as a junior and first-team all-CAC as a senior. The Salisbury graduate is currently working in the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools system.

Brad Brainer holds Chesapeake career records in triples, runs and stolen bases. As a sophomore, he was named first-team all-Region XX, won a Region XX Gold Glove, and led the state in stolen bases while finishing with a .354 batting average, five home runs, 27 RBI, 38 steals and a team-high 55 runs scored.

Brainer, who helped the Skipjacks to consecutive 30-win seasons, is a Chesapeake graduate who played two years for Division I UMBC, where he graduated. He was a first-team all-America East second baseman as a senior in 2009. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Bowie State University.

St. Clair tied a school record with five hits in a game and is tied with Clarke Rollins for the school mark with 101 career RBI. As a pitcher, he threw a perfect game during his sophomore season. The Skipjacks set new team records for victories – 25 and 26, respectively – in St. Clair’s two seasons.

St. Clair went on to have a distinguished career at Division I Virginia Commonwealth University, including Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association tournament. He was also first-team all-CAA in both 2005 and 2006, made the CAA’s all-tournament team both seasons, and finished his VCU career with a .343 batting average, 17 home runs and 93 RBI.

In addition to her inclusion on two all-Region XX squads, Sadler was twice selected to the all- all-Maryland JuCo team (once first team, once second team) and was an all-American nominee. As a sophomore, Sadler hit .349, drove in 30 runs, scored 20 times and tied for third in the state in home runs.

The St. Michaels High School graduate earned an associate degree in Physical Therapist Assistant from Chesapeake and is a board-certified PTA, working for Tidewater Physical Therapy in St. Michaels.

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