Ruidoso, NM -- As a pitcher, Chris Welborn toed the rubber for the Buccaneer Baseball team more than any other in the program's history.
And now, one year after finishing up his Beloit career, he is still pitching. Though now he's doing his throwing in the professional ranks for the Ruidoso Osos of the Pecos League in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Through 34 games, Welborn has appeared in six games with a 1-0 record and a team-leading 1.39 ERA. As an added bonus, he's hitting .375 in eight at bats.
Welborn is the third former Buccaneer under Dave DeGeorge, who completed his 21st season this past Spring, to play in the pro ranks, following Mike Meteyard and Alex Cherney.
Welborn landed with the Osos after sending out emails and video to a variety of organizations. Ruidoso called and offered a tryout, which led to him signing on March 12.
While at Beloit, Welborn set career records for appearances with 51 and saves with 17. He holds the top two spots in both categories in a single season, with bests of 21 appearances and nine saves in 2009. He is also the Midwest Conference season and career leader in saves.