ACC: Hail to the Chief

By Glenn Tanner - May 27, 2007

After four and a half innings, Wake and Carolina are tied 1-1 in the ACC Tournament title game.

Down 1-0, Carolina scored an unearned run in the 4th to tie. Wake SS Dustin Hood threw away a Garrett Gore leadoff grounder. An out later Tim Federowicz singled, and after another out, Chad Flack lined an RBI single to left.

Wake pitcher Charlie Mellies is letting Carolina put the ball in play -- no walks or strikeouts, but only four singles in five frames. Because he's coming off Tommy John surgery, he might not be in much longer, though.

Carolina starter Luke Putkonen has allowed only an infield single and a walk and has struck out three in four innings.

There's a great article in Gold Rush, Wake's alumni magazine, on Mellies. Unfortunately, it's not available online, so here are some high points...

Mellies is a double major in political science and sociology who will attend law school. He also has high aspirations. Very high.

"My goal is to be president of the United States."

At the age of 22, he's already choosing his words carefully -- "Dumb comments can end your career."

On the diamond, he was one of Wake's top pitchers until an ugly injury. .

He hurt his arm last March, and an initial MRI showed no ligament tear. He rehabbed for a couple of weeks, but the pain was still there. Another MRI examination revealed that "It's not that there's no tear, it's that there's no ligament there. It had torn right off the bone."

Tommy John surgery followed, and didn't make an appearance this season until April 8th.

He's doing pretty well today, though. This might be a good start for a presidential campaign.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 02:10 PM on May 27, 2007

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