Two former Valley Leaguers have received postseason honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference!
First of all, Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) was named Pitcher of the Year, capping a season in which he went 10-3, 2.46 in 88 innings pitched, while allowing 77 hits, only 19 walks, and striking out 94. He was dominant for Strasburg in the VBL in 2021, too, going 2-0, 2.36 in 19 innings, with a 0.579 WHIP, .134 batting average against, 0.9 BB/9, and 12.8 K/9. He was ATVL’s top starter in the entire league.
Secondly, Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) was named to the first team in the outfield. Hurley hit .383/.468/.709 in 196 at-bats, with 53 runs scored, 23 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 48 RBIs, nine stolen bases, and a solid 30/45 BB/K ratio. He went 10-42 in 18 games for Charlottesville in 2021, with eight runs, three doubles, and nine walks.
Congratulations to both!
(And now, to add on to this, let’s take a look at a few others who were really, really good in the ACC, but weren’t honored.)
- Cooper Ingle, Clemson (Charlottesville 2021): .353/.452/.534, 13 doubles, eight home runs
- Ryan Ammons, Clemson (Strasburg 2021): 1-2, 3.60, eight saves, 37 K’s in 25 innings
- Zach Levenson, Miami (Waynesboro 2021): .313/.428/.565, four doubles, seven home runs
- Bryce Hulett, Pitt (New Market 2019): .400 OBP in 190 at-bats, eight home runs
- Pierce Bennett, Wake Forest (Charlottesville 2021): .374/.468/.535, 12 doubles, six home runs, 26/16 BB/K
- Adam Cecere, Wake Forest (Charlottesville 2021): .305/.406/.512, seven doubles, 11 home runs
- Crawford Wade, Wake Forest (Strasburg 2021): 3-0, 2.35 in 30 2/3 innings, 33 K’s