Trevor Marsh could join ZooKeepers for final stretch

Trevor Marsh turned in a solid season last summer for Asheboro’s team in the CPL. He could be returning. (Randolph Record file photo)

ASHEBORO – Trevor Marsh might be back with Asheboro’s Coastal Plain League baseball team after all.

The former Asheboro High School standout hasn’t played this summer following surgery on his left hand’s index finger that caused his season to be cut short at UNC Wilmington.

Marsh, an outfielder, said last week that he might join the Asheboro ZooKeepers for the final few games of the season if he’s given medical clearance. Last year, he played for the CPL’s Asheboro Copperheads (who since changed names to ZooKeepers).

ZooKeepers head coach Jeremy Knight said adding Marsh could be a boost to the struggling team if the timing work outs despite the limited remaining games.

“He’s itching to get out there,” Knight said.

Marsh has played three seasons for UNCW, with 58 starts. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining because of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. This year, he started in 18 of the 23 games in which he played, batting .294 with one home run (a grand slam vs. Ohio State), one triple and seven doubles before the injury interfered.

If the ZooKeepers aren’t in postseason contention, Knight said it would be easier to give Marsh regular at-bats as he’ll need to work his way back to form.

“We’re falling farther and farther out of the playoff hunt,” Knight said Sunday night after a non-league loss to the Catawba Valley Stars. The ZooKeepers ended last week with five straight CPL defeats.

The ZooKeepers have had another rash of player moves, with injuries and other commitments impacting those. Outfielder Kennedy Jones of UNC Greensboro had his season cut short because of a hamstring injury.

“If it can happen, it has,” Knight said of roster shakeups.

The season ends for the ZooKeepers on July 30 with a home game against the Martinsville Mustangs. Before that, the home slate includes games Saturday night against the High Point-Thomasville HiToms, Monday night against the Savannah Bananas, Tuesday night against the Carolina Disco Turkeys and next Thursday night against the Wilmington Sharks.

By Bob Sutton