Every summer, hordes of current college baseball players descend upon the Shenandoah Valley. When the season is over, I invariably hear from coaches, owners, and fans that this player, or that player, was a “classy young man,” or “was nothing but respectful.” It’s true, I think, that most of the young men that spend the summer away from their families behave pretty well. (Not 100% true, of course- but almost nothing ever is.)
Well, there’s an award for that, actually. It’s called the Senior CLASS Award, to be given to a Division-I senior who has achievements in one of four areas: community, classroom, character, and competition. They will name 10 finalists halfway through the season, and the winner will be named during the College World Series.
The initial list of 30 candidates was released about a week ago, and, as usual, a few former Valley Leaguers have been named as a potential recipient.
- Ryan Hall, William & Mary (Charlottesville 2015, Staunton 2016)
- Phil Madonna, Siena (Strasburg 2017)
- Brooks Wilson, Stetson (Waynesboro 2015)
Good luck to all three!