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Four new members to be inducted into Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame

St. Clair, (Morris) Sadler, Brainer Brothers all elected to Hall

Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010


Photo: Tim St. Clair, top left; Brad Brainer, top right; Bryan Brainer, bottom left; Beth Morris-Sadler, bottom right. 

WYE MILLS – Four former Skipjacks with significant achievements both on the field and in the classroom will join the Chesapeake College Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.

Three record-setting baseball players – Tim St. Clair and brothers Bryan and Brad Brainer – will be inducted along with former softball standout Beth Morris Sadler. Each of the four went on to earn college degrees, which Chesapeake Professor Dr. Ed Baker said added to their Hall-of-Fame credentials.

"The Hall of Fame Selection Committee looks for candidates who combine noteworthy athletic accomplishments with academic achievement," said Dr. Baker, who is on the six-person selection committee as well as a member of the Hall of Fame. "Every one of this year’s nominees could point to substantial achievement in both areas."

The Class of 2010 will be inducted during a dinner in the Caroline College Center on Thursday, October 21st starting at 6 p.m. The dinner will be underwritten in part by Medifast, a weight-loss company with a distribution center in Ridgely. This is the first year the dinner will be used as a fundraiser for athletic scholarships.

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.

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.

A personal trainer, St. Clair has remained active in baseball through coaching at the high school and club level.

"Tim was instrumental in moving Chesapeake baseball from one level to the next. His commitment to Chesapeake really put us on the map," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake’s athletic director and baseball coach who recruited St. Clair out of Garfield High School in Woodbridge, Va. "When he committed to Chesapeake, it elevated the program. With that success we were able to recruit other players who played with him on the ’04 team who helped us reach the World Series in 2005."

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 freshman and first-team all-CAC as a sophomore. 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 is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Bowie State University.

Szymanski said the Brainer Brothers, who both graduated from Kent Island High School, made lasting contributions to the baseball program.

"What they have meant to the program is priceless," said Szymanski.

Sadler was twice selected to the all-region first team in softball, twice to the all-Maryland JuCo team (once first team, once second team) and was an all-American nominee. In her freshman year, the team won a then-record 20 games and finished third in the region.

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.

"Beth was an outstanding student, a great softball player and a real leader on those teams," said Dr. Richard Midcap, chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "She’s an excellent addition to the Hall of Fame."

Individuals interested in tickets, which are $75 per person or $450 for a reserved table of six, may contact Barbara Smith (bsmith@chesapeake.edu, or 410-827-5843). Companies interested in sponsorship options for the Hall of Fame induction dinner may contact Rich Midcap (rmidcap@chesapeake.edu, or 410-827-5858).

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