We’re getting there, slowly but surely… today we have the 2nd best hitter in the 2016 Valley League season, Woodstock’s Nick Ward!
Nick crushed the ball for the River Bandits last summer, to the tune of 387/468/587 in 150 at-bats. He added 32 runs scored, 24 RBIs, 58 hits, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, a solid 16/21 BB/K ratio, and 9 stolen bases! He led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and hits, while coming in 2nd in slugging percentage, tied for 2nd in doubles, tied for 7th in runs, and tied for 8th in home runs. Impressive!
He had four hits twice: once July 12th at New Market, when he had a double and 2 RBIs, and on July 17th against Waynesboro, when he hit a double, walked once, and scored 3 runs. He also had a single and walk in the all-star game. He was named first team All-Valley at 3B, Baseball America named him the 9th best prospect in the league, and Perfect Game named him #14.
Nick played for Virginia Commonwealth in 2015, but he received only 5 at-bats during the season (but got 3 hits). In 2016, he transferred to West Chester, a Division II school in Pennsylvania, and hit 310/370/400 in exactly 200 at-bats. He scored 46 runs in 51 games, drove in 26, and hit 7 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, and had a 10/21 BB/K ratio.
Congratulations on your excellent season, Nick!