Courtesy of Norfolk State Sports Information
NORFOLK, Va. – A number of Norfolk State baseball players distinguished themselves in collegiate summer wood bat leagues over the past three months
Below is a recap of how Spartans fared on the summer circuit:
Rising senior All-MEAC outfielder Caleb Ward had an impressive showing in the Valley League for the Woodstock River Bandits. Ward was named to the All-Valley League first team after finishing fourth in the Valley in batting during the regular season, at .385. He hit six home runs and drove in 30, leading Woodstock to the playoffs. He was even better during the playoffs, batting .545 with four doubles, two homers and nine RBI in five games for the River Bandits, who reached the league semifinals.
Rising sophomore left handed pitcher James Deloatch also played a key role in Woodstock’s success. He was 3-0 with a 5.20 ERA in 14 appearances during the regular season, with five scoreless appearances in his last six outings. He struck out 23 in 27.2 innings pitched.
NSU had two players, first baseman Stephen Baughan and catcher Ty Hanchey, join up midseason with the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League, a 24-team league based in the upper Midwest. Baughan, an All-MEAC selection last year, batted .295 with a team-high six homers and 10 RBIs in just 25 games played for Bismarck. He also participated in the league’s Home Run Derby. Hanchey joined the Larks later in the summer but made the most of his opportunity, batting .357 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in just 12 games.
Four Spartans competed in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Senior pitcher Ridge Walker and junior catcher Kam Holland played for the Cortland Crush. Walker logged a 3-0 record and 1.97 ERA in nine games during the regular season, while Holland hit two home runs and drove in 13 runs in 26 games.
Rising sophomore Nick Wimmers competed in the NYCBL for the Hornell Dodgers. In 41 games played, Wimmers batted .312 with five doubles, three triples and 13 runs batted in. Classmate Mike Pyers, who played for the Genesee Rapids, struck out 11 batters in nine innings of work.
Junior left-handed pitcher Tyrin Everette competed closer to home, pitching for the Norfolk Redbirds in the Tidewater Summer League. He did not allow an earned run in 12.1 innings pitched during the regular season. Counting the playoffs, he was 1-0 with two saves and a 0.57 ERA in nine appearances.
The Spartans welcome back a total of 28 players from their 2019 team which won the MEAC Northern Division title and advanced to the conference tournament championship round.