Ivor Hodgson Jr., Pride Of The Caribbean Coast 

Gregory Lewin
glewin@bluefieldspulse.com

Washington, October 25, 2006-Ivor Hodgson Jr. is the son of Caribbean coast natives of Nicaragua Ivor and Judith Hodgson of Old Bank. Ivor was born on April 25, 1986 in Silver Spring, MD. Ivor Jr., though born in the United States feels like a natural born Caribbean coast native of Bluefields. He had the  opportunity to visit Bluefields and fell in love with the city and the people.  

Ivor completed his high school studies in 2005 at St. John's College High School in Washington D.C., where he led the Cadets to a championship, something the Cadets have not done since 1999. Ivor had a spectacular season with the Cadets, he led the team with a batting average of .414 and 20 stolen bases. Today he plays baseball for the Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland.

In 2005 Ivor received prestigious honors in the Washington Metropolitan area when he was named player of the year in 2005. He was named to the Washington Post All-Met team, Washington D.C Gatorade Player of the year 2005, The Louisville Slugger D.C., player of the year.2005 and the Washington All Conference 2005.

In June of this year 2006 Ivor was ranked #9 out of 14 players on the CRSL (Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League) by Baseball America and he was also named to the Call Ripken All Team after an exciting season in the Summer league with the Rockville Express where he led the team in batting with a .313 average and 14 stolen bases in 18 attempts. Ivor was also named to the 2006 All Star team.

In a brief interview with Ivor Hodgson Sr., he stated that he is very proud of all that his son has achieved.

Ivor Jr. is a great asset to the Mount St. Mary's squad.  Manager Scott Thomson stated in a recent interview with the Mount St. Mary's press that "Getting a player like Ivor is a dream come true," he will help us get to the next level. Being a switch hitter and an outfielder who can close on balls, plus being a left-handed pitcher, he brings many possibilities to next year's team."

Teams from around the major league have already shown interest in the young player but for now he is focusing on completing his studies.

Ivor Jr. planned to spend his vacation in December in Bluefields and if given the opportunity he would like to play for Old Bank. He also stated that "if time permits I will try to offer a mini clinic to the younger children."


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