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Sisk stays on a roll in Johnson City

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By Travis Jenkins

If the adjustmet from college starter to professional reliever is a bumpy one, it certainly isn't showing with Evan Sisk.

Sisk, who previously starred for the Lewisville Lions and the College of Charleston baseball teams, is now pitching for the Johnson City Cardinals in the Rookie Appalachian League. After spending the vast majority of his prep and college careers as a starter, he is now working out of the bullpen and has really taken to the new role. Sisk has now made 11 appearances for the Cardinals and has gone six straight without being scored on. His ERA for the season stands at 1.53 and he has 19 strikeouts against seven walks in 15.1 innings of work. He has also converted a pair of save opportunities.

The Cardinals took Sisk in the 16th round of June's MLB Draft. As a sophomore at the College of Charleston, Sisk was a second team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick after going 5-2 in 12 starts with a 3.72 ERA in 75 innings of work. This past season he compiled a 10-3 record with a 2.96 ERA in 15 games, all starts. He tossed one complete game, logged 91.1 innings, struck out 78 batters (against only 24 walks) and opposing batters hit only .222 against him.

As impressive as those numbers already are, he was actually considerably better in starts against Power Five opponents. In starts against Georgia, South Carolina and Kansas State this season, Sisk was 3-0, did not allow an earned run and struck out 19 batters in 23.2 innings. He was named Colonial Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on three occasions in his career, most recently in March, and was a semifinalist for the National Pitcher of the Year award.

At Lewisville as a senior in 2015, he posted a .90 ERA with 114 strikeouts in 77 innings of work. He yielded only four earned runs all year. He also led Lewisville in hitting, with a batting average of .423. He helped the Lions advance to the Class A state title series in 2015 and was selected for the North-South All-Star Baseball Game.