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Hidden Valley pitcher Ryan Lauria went 7-2 with a 1.37 earned run average.
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Timesland baseball pitcher of the year: Ryan Lauria of Hidden Valley High School.
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Timesland baseball player of the year: Ryan Coale of Rockbridge County High School.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Player of the Year
RYAN COALE | Rockbridge County | Junior
COALE played infield, outfield, and pitched in his first two varsity seasons before taking up catching. That will be his position at VCU, where he is already verbally committed after fielding an additional 10 Division I offers. He also played third, shortstop, and pitched this year. A left-handed hitter, he started the season batting .818 and leveled off to .436 with four triples, a home run, 10 steals, 16 runs, and 11 RBIs. He pitched the No. 6 Wildcats to an upset district tournament victory over Lord Botetourt.
Pitcher of the Year
RYAN LAURIA | Hidden Valley | Senior
LAURIA, the River Ridge District player of the year, went 7-2 with a 1.37 earned run average. In 51 innings, he struck out 65. Coming off arm problems that shut him down for part of his junior season, he came back as good as or better than ever. He also made a successful career debut in the lineup. Lauria lost a one-run, eight-inning game to AA runner-up Tunstall in the Region IV semifinals. He will pitch for Louisville next year. Before that, he will play in the VHSCA all-star game.
JON-RYAN BREEDEN | JEFFERSON FOREST | Pitcher | Senior
The left-hander went 7-1 with a 1.04 ERA. ... Transfer from Liberty Christian. ... 58 strikeouts in 47 innings. ... Yielded just 32 hits. ... Also had a save. ... Will be a scholarship player at Liberty University.
COLLIN HILL | WILLIAM BYRD | Pitcher | Senior
Pitched all the big games in a team that tied for Blue Ridge District regular season title. ... Went 6-3 with a 3.25 ERA. ... Struck out 74 in 51.2 innings. ... Batted .329 with 3 HR and 18 RBI. ... Will pitch at Radford.
TYLER CROCKETT | GLENVAR | Infield | Senior
Led young Highlanders to Region C Division 2 title and state runner-up finish. ... Team leader in average (.365), runs (31), hits (27), walks (20), and on-base percentage (.510). ... Pitched with a 2.79 ERA and three saves.
MITCHELL HULLETT | STAUNTON RIVER | Infield | Senior
Helped lead the Eagles to the Region III tournament for only third time in program history as well as first regional victory. ... Blue Ridge Ridge District player of the year. ... Led district with .474 batting average. ... Went 7-2 as a pitcher.
DYLAN ISOM | GRAYSON COUNTY | Infield | Senior
Mountain Empire District player of the year contributed pitching when he wasn't at third base. ... Hit .300 with one home run, five doubles, 21 hits, 10 walks and 19 RBIs. ... Went 9-1 with a 1.10 ERA. ... Committed one error. ... All-Group A.
NIC RATLIFF | HIDDEN VALLEY | Infield | Senior
Repeat All-Timesland, All-Region IV and All-River Ridge District choice. ... Hit .366 (26-for-71) with eight doubles, 16 runs, and 29 RBIs. ... First team All-Group AA in 2012. ... Signed with Bluefield College.
BRIT DUNNAVANT | PATRICK HENRY | Outfield | Senior
Led PH to Western Valley District tournament title. ... Went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in tournament final. ... Hit .556 with 40 hits, eight doubles, 30 runs, 18 RBIs and 13 walks. ... First team All-Group AAA.
NIC KEISTER | BASSETT | Outfield | Senior
Repeat All Timesland choice. ... Had 33 hits and hit .418 with, four doubles, two triples, 13 walks, and 10 stolen bases. ... Was on base with a .500 percentage. ... Had a .975 fielding percentage with two errors.
ZACK KELLY | LORD BOTETOURT | Outfield | Senior
Concord University-bound as an outfielder and pitcher, hit .433 with five home runs , nine doubles, and 14 RBIs. ... Struck out 50 in 42 2/3 innings en route to 4-3 record with 3.28 ERA. ... All-Region III.
FORREST HAGA | CHILHOWIE | Designated hitter | Senior
Group A player of the year. ... Hit .658 with 48 hits, 42 RBIs, 26 extra base hits. ... Played three positions and pitched. ... Career totals 133 RBIs, 142 hits. ... 2-0, 3.68 ERA, three saves. ... Two-time Hogoheegee District player of the year.
KEMPER TERRY | BASSETT | Utility | Junior
Outfielder and pitcher for Group AA quarterfinalist. ... Hit .443 with 35 hits including 13 extra base hits. ... Had three home runs and three triples. ... Was 6-4 with 1.82 ERA. ... Three one-run pitching losses to state AA runner-up Tunstall.
AARON JACKSON | CHRISTIANSBURG | Pitcher | Junior
RYAN LEWIS | FLOYD COUNTY | Pitcher | Senior
CALEB SHEETS | CHILHOWIE | Pitcher | Senior
DREW COX | RADFORD | Infield | Senior
CHAD FRAZIER | HIDDEN VALLEY | Infield | Senior
RYAN OLIVER | LORD BOTETOURT | Infield | Senior
TYLER PIERCE | CHILHOWIE | Infield | Junior
PAUL WILLIAMS | STAUNTON RIVER | Catcher | Senior
ZACH MINEROLDI | SALEM | Outfield | Senior
JACK MOORE | HIDDEN VALLEY | Outfield | Senior
WILL PATTESON | NARROWS | Outfield | Senior
REECE EDWARDS | CARROLL COUNTY | Utility | Junior
ALEX JAVINS | ALLEGHANY | Designated hitter | Senior
COACH OF THE YEAR
BILLY WELLS | GLENVAR
Wells coached a young team with only three seniors all the way to the state Group A Division 2 championship game where the Highlanders lost 6-4 to Wilson Memorial. That snapped a seven game win streak that carried the Highlanders to the Three Rivers District tournament and Region C titles. Glenvar started 2-7 and finished 15-10. Wells’ team has made five state tournament appearances in the past six years.
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