NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Washington and Lee's Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) and Bob Weston (Columbia, S.C./Woodberry Forest (Va.) have been named to the Virginia Sports Information Director's College Division All-State baseball team. Both Batcheller and Weston were first team selections after helping the Generals to a 12-13 record and a 9-7 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic conference.
Batcheller was named to the first team for the second straight year. The sophomore right fielder led the team with a .386 batting average, nine home runs and 27 RBI in just 25 games. Batcheller, the ODAC Triple Crown winner as a freshman, became W&L's all-time home run leader with 18 and was also named to the All-ODAC first team this year.
Weston had one of the best seasons ever for a W&L pitcher. The junior righthander compiled a record of 5-2 and ranked among the leaders in NCAA Division III with a 1.88 earned run average. In 62 and a third innings, Weston allowed only 47 hits while striking out 57 batters. Weston threw a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Bridgewater on April 14 in his final appearance of the season to become the school's all-time leader in wins with 15.
Ferrum outfielder Pat Daly was named the state Player of the Year after batting .508 with 24 home runs and 73 RBI to help the Panthers to a record of 21-11. Mary Washington coach Tom Sheridan was named the state Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to a record of 26-12 and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
1998 VASID College Division All-State Baseball First Team P - Brandon Matheny, Emory & Henry P - Greg Edmonds, Longwood P - Bob Weston, Washington & Lee C - Riley Hodges, Ferrum 1B - Eric Guyton, Mary Washington 2B - Travis Pfitzner, Longwood 3C - Adam Taylor, Randolph-Macon SS - Adam Natysin, Mary Washington OF - Pat Daly, Ferrum OF - Shawn Torian, Longwood OF - Christian Batcheller, Washington & Lee Honorable Mention (next 9 top vote recipients) Michael Padgett, 3B, Longwood; Eddie Gosman, 1B, Christopher Newport; Robbi Moose, 1B, Bridgewater; Kevin Flanagan, 2B, Virginia Wesleyan; Ritchie Clark, C, Christopher Newport; Kevin Losty, P, Mary Washington; Chris Kenny, 2B, Mary Washington; David Mitchell, OF, Christopher Newport; Tony Saitta, P, Mary Washington