After a Sunday game against a ranked Clemson team in which South Carolina won going away, 14-3, it is becoming clear that not only should the Gamecocks be ranked, but the offensive leaders of the club are the newcomers and former Valley Leaguers Andrew Eyster (New Market 2018) and Luke Berryhill (Purcellville 2018).
Berryhill hit two home runs and a double on Sunday, and is now at 359/510/872 (!) in 39 at-bats, with 14 runs, 16 RBIs, 6 doubles, a triple, and 4 home runs. He either leads or is tied for the lead in the lineup in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, doubles, RBIs, and… stolen bases. Eyster went 2-4 with 3 runs yesterday, and over 41 total at-bats, is hitting 390/435/634, with 9 runs, 6 RBIs, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, and a 3/12 BB/K ratio. He leads the team in batting average.
Eyster is a transfer from Santa Fe, where he hit 412/476/745 in 204 at-bats in 2018, with
17 doubles, 6 triples, 13 home runs, 53 runs, 53 RBIs, and a 25/35 BB/K ratio. He was also drafted in the 32nd round by the Cleveland Indians, but chose not to sign. Berryhill has transferred from Walters State, where he hit a crazy 376/497/759 in 141 at-bats in 2018, with 58 runs, 45 RBIs, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, and an even 38/38 BB/K ratio.
Eyster is perhaps the better known of the duo (at least to VBL fans), as he played in New Market all summer, led the league in many offensive categories, and was named MVP. In fact, he hit 421/511/781 in 114 regular season at-bats, with 14 doubles, 9 home runs, 32 runs, 35 RBIs, and an 18/21 BB/K ratio. He also performed well in the championship run in the playoffs, going 10-29, with 4 doubles and 2 more home runs. Berryhill did not stay as long, but in his 10 games with the Cannons, hit 275/326/650, with 7 runs, 18 RBIs, a double, triple, and 4 home runs. The way he started, though, was off the charts: in his debut on June 8th at Strasburg, Luke went 3-5, with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs. This is perhaps the best debut the league has ever seen.
The two of them, reportedly roommates, are obviously key performers in the Gamecock lineup, and are well on their way to some hardware, perhaps, after this season, and a clear shot at playing pro ball.