Area briefs: SU baseball announces class of 2014
WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University baseball coach Kevin Anderson announced Wednesday a group of 22 student-athletes who will play baseball for the Hornets this coming year.
Anderson, who enters the 2014 season needing just 11 wins to reach 300 career victories as the Hornets skipper, will welcome natives of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia into the program this fall.
Fourteen of the 22 hail from Virginia with four from Maryland, three from Pennsylvania and one from New York.
Three players — Kyle Bekelja, Donnie Forgacs and Nathaniel Loman — were named All-State.
Bekelja is an infielder from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., Forgacs played his prep ball at Kettle Run High School in Warrenton and Loman at Rising Sun High School in Rising Sun, Md.
Another eight players earned All-District or All-Conference honors, with Neil Dutton headlining this group by being named conference Player of the Year at Randolph-Macon Academy.
Joshua Stamp, a pitcher/infielder from Atlantic Shores Christian in Chesapeake, earned All-Metro accolades as well as graduating as class valedictorian.
Millbrook pitcher Daniel Nawrocki, who was a All-Northwestern District second team selection, is the lone local player in the recruiting class.
The class has five pitchers, four middle infielders, two corner infielders, two utility players, two catchers and one outfielder.
An additional six players are combo field players/pitchers.
“Assistant coaches Bruce Cameron, David Jenkins, Phil Betterly and Patrick Wingfield did a great job recruiting these student-athletes,” Anderson said.
“We have great expectations in our program and I know that these guys are excited to meeting that challenge.”
Shenandoah opens its 2014 season in mid-February.