In today’s match, we have two lefties- I mean, look at the photos- Brock Hunter from the 2015 Express, and Eli Ellington from the 2019 Turks…
- Brock Hunter came to Strasburg after his junior season at Coastal Carolina, where he had gone 4-0, 2.27 in 27 games… interestingly all in relief. He pitched in eight games that summer- seven of them starts. He went 2-1, 2.18, with only 11 walks and 47 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings pitched. He was ATVL’s 3rd best starter. Unfortunately, he underwent surgery in September of ’15, and did not pitch that spring at Carolina. He transferred to George Mason for 2017, where he went 1-4, 5.63 in 46 1/3 innings pitched, along with a 1.73 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, and 6.8 K/9. He did not continue on to pro ball after his college career.
- Eli Ellington returned to Harrisonburg in 2019 from UNC-Charlotte, where, oddly, he didn’t see any action at all. But he was very good for the Turks, going 1-1, 2.31, with a 1.343 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, and 13.9 K/9 in 35 innings pitched. He was the 5th best starter in the league that summer, according to ATVL. He transferred to Gulf Coast State for the 2020 college season (where he was listed as a freshman), and he started seven games before the sport was halted. He went 5-1, 2.48, with 12 walks and 54 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings pitched.
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