has break-out season;
Hughes third Tiger in big leagues
Three former Cowley baseball players saw action
for major league teams in the 2004 season. Travis Hafner, who was a
member of the 1996 Tigers and the 1997 NJCAA World Series winning team,
had a breakthrough season with the Cleveland Indians.
Hafner led the Indians in hitting (.311), and hit 28 home runs and drove in 109 runs in 140 games, despite playing with pain in his right elbow for much of the second half of the season. He ranked in the top 10 of six offensive categories in the American League. He tied for first in the number of times hit by a pitch (17), finished third in on-base percentage (.410), fourth in slugging percentage (.583), tied for sixth in doubles (41), ninth in runs batted in (109), and tied for 10th in batting average (.311).
Junior Spivey, who played at Cowley during the 1995 and 1996 seasons, spent the 2004 season as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Spivey batted .272 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 59 games before being sidelined with a season-ending shoulder injury.
Travis Hughes, a member of Cowley’s back-to-back national championship teams in 1997 and 1998, had his contract purchased by the Texas Rangers in late September. Hughes made two relief appearances for the Rangers. Prior to his big league call-up, Hughes went 3-6 with a 3.73 earned run average in 40 relief appearances with Class AA Frisco of the Texas League, and 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in 13 relief outings for the Class AAA Oklahoma RedHawks after being promoted in late July.