Garrett Whitley launches 1st home run of professional career

Niskayuna baseball's Zack LeBlanc, left, congratulates teammate Garrett Whitley, center, after his two-run home run during an April 15 game against Guilderland. At right is Pat O'Brien, who scored on the home run. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Niskayuna baseball's Zack LeBlanc, left, congratulates teammate Garrett Whitley, center, after his two-run home run during an April 15 game against Guilderland. At right is Pat O'Brien, who scored on the home run. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

FORT MYERS, FLA. — In his return to the Gulf Coast League Rays’ lineup after a string of absences, Garrett Whitley connected today for the first home run of his professional career.

Whitley, a 2015 Niskayuna High School graduate, hit the solo round-tripper in the seventh inning of the contest. The home run left the playing field over the left-center-field fence.

Whitley’s team won the game, 5-4.

Before playing today, Whitley had last been in his team’s lineup on July 21. Besides rainouts that postponed games, Whitley also missed game action because of his team’s desire to put him through individual workouts.

— Michael Kelly

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Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.