Three Trojans named to All-Valley League

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 2, 2001

HARRISONBURG, Va. ­ Drew Miller, Wade Miller and Lance Newman were named to the 2001 All-Valley League baseball team as announced by the league office Wednesday.

Drew Miller, who will be a senior at Troy State this fall, hit .273 with five home runs and 29 runs batted in for the Luray (Va.) Wranglers, was named as the team’s first baseman. He ranked third in the league in walks (24), fifth in RBI, and tied for sixth in HR and total bases (67). He also won the home run derby in the league’s all-star game on July 8. Miller is a physical education major at TSU.

Wade Miller, who also played for Luray, finished second in the league in HR (7), fourth in slugging percentage (.525), fifth in total bases (74) and ninth in batting average (.314) and RBIs (25). He went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in the all-star game. Miller was selected as the designated hitter on the all-league team. He was also a Freshman All-America selection by the Collegiate Baseball News last year at Troy State. He is undecided on his major.

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Newman finished the regular season with a .239 batting average as the Covington (Va.) Lumberjacks’ primary catcher. He threw out 14 would-be base stealers and stole 17 on offense. His 17 ranked sixth in the league. He was also selected to the North All-Star team. He helped Covington to a 23-17 record and the South Division title. The Lumberjacks are currently tied with Winchester, 1-1, in the best-of-five championship series. The Brookhaven, Miss., native will be a senior majoring in english at Troy State this fall.

Troy State’s three selections were the most from any school represented in the league.

The Valley League plays a 40-game schedule in eight weeks each summer. The 2001 season marks the 40th year as an official NCAA sanctioned league, and the ninth as a wooden-bat league.