The Virginia Tech baseball team began its fall workouts on Sept. 8 and will continue preparing as a team for the 2009 season until its annual intra-squad Fall World Series, which will take place Oct. 17-19 at English Field. Until then, here is a complete recap of the 20 Hokies who competed in summer leagues this year, which wrapped up in mid-August.
Played in 56 games for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League … Hit .273 with 25 runs scored and 20 RBIs … Tallied 14 doubles, four home runs and seven steals … Was a mid-season all-star.
Went 3-0 in 12 appearances for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League … Compiled a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched … Allowed 11 hits and seven walks, while striking out 20.
Hit .175 in 19 games (11 starts) for the Staunton Braves of the Valley League … Walked 10 times, hit one home run and tallied five RBIs.
Started 29 regular season games for the Youse’s Maryland Orioles, who won the Cal Ripken Sr. League Title, the AAABA National Championship and finished ranked second in the nation among summer league teams … Batted .189 with 21 runs scored and 13 RBIs … Walked 28 times and stole 11 bases.
Appeared in 18 games (three starts) for the Luray Wranglers, who went on to capture the Valley League Championship and finish ranked fourth in the nation among summer league teams … Went 4-1 with three saves and compiled a 1.80 ERA … Struck out 58 batters in 45 innings pitched, while allowing 36 hits and only 11 walks … Limited opponents to a .209 batting average … Was a mid-season all-star.
Started 25 of 26 games played for the Saratoga Phillies of the New York Collegiate League … Batted .265 with seven doubles, eight RBIs and 13 runs scored … Was a mid-season all-star.
Started 20 of 25 games played for the Columbia Blowfish of the Coastal Plain League … Batted .197 with seven runs scored and seven RBIs … Caught five runners stealing.
Hit .234 in 23 games (18 starts) for the Covington Lumberjacks of the Valley League … Blasted four home runs and tallied 14 RBIs, while walking 10 times and scoring nine runs.
Made 13 appearances (three starts) for the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate League … Went 2-2 with a 3.73 ERA in 31.1 innings … Held opponents to a .215 batting average and recorded 31 strikeouts … Walked 12 and allowed 26 hits.
Started 23 of 31 games played for the Sanford Mainers of the New England Collegiate League … Batted .225 with 17 walks, 15 runs scored and five stolen bases … Hit three doubles and knocked in four runs.
Started 40 of 43 games played for the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plain League … Hit .255 with 19 runs scored with two doubles and four RBIs … Dropped down five sac bunts and stole nine bases.
Started 38 of 43 games played for the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plain League … Batted .255 with 13 runs scored, four doubles, a homer and 10 RBIs … Stole three bases.
Played second base for the Ohio Warhawks, who won the World Wood Bat Association National Championship … Went 2-for-3 in the championship game with a double, three RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored.
Was the runner-up for League MVP honors after a stellar season for the Lake Norman Copperheads, who lost in the finals of the Southern Collegiate League tournament … Played 45 games and led the team in many offensive categories, including batting average (.368), hits (53), doubles (18), home runs (7), RBIs (40) and slugging percentage (.653) … Was a mid-season all-star.
Played in 33 games for the Lake Norman Copperheads, who took runner-up honors at the Southern Collegiate League post-season tournament … Batted .275 with 14 runs scored, 28 hits, three doubles, a triple and eight RBIs … Also swiped eight bases … Was a mid-season all-star.
Played in 55 games for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League … Hit .261 with 25 runs scored and 19 RBIs … Swiped 14 bases to go with nine doubles and a homer.
Played first base and outfield for the Ohio Warhawks, who won the World Wood Bat Association National Championship.
Started nine games on the mound for the Fauquier Gators of the Valley League … Went 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched … Struck out 38 batters, while walking 17 … Held opponents to a .254 batting average.
Made seven starts on the mound for the Bethesda Big Train of the Cal Ripken Sr. League … Went 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 33 innings pitched … Held opponents to a .227 batting average and recorded 26 strikeouts … Allowed 27 hits and 17 walks … Was a mid-season all-star.
Tossed 22.2 innings in 22 appearances for the New Market Rebels of the Valley League … Went 0-1 and recorded one save … Gave up 24 hits, but walked only five batters, while striking out 26.
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