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Goldeyes add outfielder Webb

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The Winnipeg Goldeyes were on the hunt for a centre-fielder, and they think they've found one in Rockland Boulders outfielder Donnie Webb.

On Thursday, the Fish announced they'd swung a trade with the Can-Am League team to acquire Webb, 27, in exchange for the revisionary rights to infielder Cam Kneeland.

They held those rights after trading pitcher Matt Rusch back to the Can-Am League earlier in the off-season.

Now they have Webb, an Oklahoman who hit .297 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI in 97 games last year. Plus, he's a switch hitter, and the Fish were hoping to bring in a left-handed swing.

"We got the guy we were hoping to get in Donnie Webb," Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said in a release. "He's a top-of-the-order guy. He can hit for an average, gets on base a lot and scores a lot of runs. He has a lot of speed."

Webb was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2008, and spent four seasons swinging his way through their system.

He rose as high as triple-A ball for parts of two seasons, before being snapped up by the Miami Marlins in the 2011 Rule 5 draft and spending 2012 playing double-A with their affiliated Jacksonville team. He made his independent league debut with Rockland last season, where he stole 32 bases and was caught only five times while trying.

 

Pischke, Habing earn all-star nods

ON the eve of battling in the Canada West final four, two University of Manitoba Bisons women's volleyball stars are getting big conference kudos.

Setter Brittany Habing, 21, and left side hitter Taylor Pischke, 20, were both named to the Canada West second all-star team Wednesday.

It's the first time two Bisons have made a conference all-star team since 2010-11, but Pischke and Habing's performances pushed the decision. She was second in the conference for assists per set, with 10.12. Pischke was seventh overall for kills per set, at 3.46, and eighth overall in points per set.

The team is flying out today to Vancouver, where they will face Trinity Western in Friday's semifinals.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 21, 2014 C8

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