First Posted: 5/22/2009
The Mountain Valley 2A all-conference baseball team could also serve as an infirmary report. Players like Champ Reynolds of North Surry and Brett Boyles of Surry Central showed their grit by not only coming back from injuries, but playing at an all-conference pace.
The Golden Eagles placed three players on the all-conference team with an honorable mention and the Greyhounds saw two players make the cut, along with an honorable mention selection.
Brett Boyles, Surry Central, Sr. (P) After resting through early-season arm troubles, Boyles found his stride midway through the season and finished with a 3-0 record to go with a 2.19 earned-run average. Opponents only hit .175 against the right-hander. He didnt have an electrifying fastball or drop-off-the-table curveball. In fact, Boyles best characteristic on the mound had nothing to do with his mechanics.
I would say his best attribute was his head, Surry Central coach Matt Scott said. He was just very focused, very determined on the mound. He never showed emotion out there.
After he stepped off the mound, Boyles provided his own offense by batting .338 and leading the team in RBIs with 26. He homered twice and only struck out seven times.
Champ Reynolds, North Surry, Sr. (OF) A hairline fracture in his arm kept Reynolds out of the Greyhounds lineup before a late-season return. He was the epitome of North Surrys fast-paced game plans with his ability to steal or take extra bases on routine hits.
Shane Johnson, Surry Central, Jr. (INF) The Golden Eagles leadoff hitter boasted a robust on-base percentage of .505. Like Reynolds, he was an excellent base runner and the catalyst for Surry Centrals offense.
We were a fast starting team, Scott said. A lot of that has to do with Shane Johnson leading off for us.
In addition to playing stellar middle infield, Johnson was known to scout opposing teams during pre-game for tendencies.
Taylor Hull, North Surry, Sr. (P) At the middle of every big Greyhounds win was Hull. Hull was counted on time and time again after injuries shortened the Greyhounds rotation. He was also a big-time hitter who helped drive in the speedy North Surry base runners.
Austin McLamb, Surry Central, Sr. (P) A do-it-all player, McLamb batted third in the Golden Eagles lineup and pitched a team-high 69 1/3 innings. He struck out 83 batters to go against 19 walks. While without Boyles early in the season, Scott knew he could count on McLamb to eat innings.
If I started Austin, he was pretty much going to complete the game, Scott said.
McLamb was second on the team with 19 RBIs. He doubled five times and hit one home run.
Josh Holderfield, North Surry, Sr. (1B) A late-season tear helped Holderfield make the list. He went on an April streak through two games by going 7-for-8. Has signed to play at Brescia College next year.
Heath Reece, Surry Central, Sr. (3B/P) The best defender on the team, according to Scott.
We absolutely did not have to worry about a ball getting hit to third base, Scott said. (Reece was) one of the best defensive third basemen I can remember in high school.
Reece was second to McLamb with 41 2/3 innings pitched. He had a 2.86 ERA. Only 17 of the 36 runs scored off of him were earned.
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