Trio make all-state baseball squads
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Three local players made the Virginia High School League All-State teams and the Virginia High School Coaches Association teams.
Strasburg’s Tyler Doman and Sherando’s Reid Entsminger and Chase Smallwood each made both teams.
Doman led the Rams to the Group 2A state final this season, and helped the Rams to a 24-2 record, including a 22-game win streak.
The senior pitcher was selected to the All-VHSL Group 2A first team as a pitcher, and to the All-VHSCA second team as a pitcher.
Doman went 7-1 with a 1.10 ERA for the Rams on the mound. He struck out 69 in 59.1 innings.
He also batted .366 (26-for-71) for Strasburg. Doman finished the season with five doubles, 19 RBIs, 27 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
Strasburg lost to Virginia High School, 7-2, in the Group 2A state final.
Entsminger and Smallwood were a big part of Sherando’s success this season. The Warriors advanced to the Group 4A state semifinals, and the senior pair played a huge role.
They were both selected to the Group 4A All-VHSL and VHSCA first teams. Smallwood was selected as a catcher, while Entsminger was selected as an outfielder.
Entsminger was also named the Virginia Group 4A Male Athlete of the Year in April.
“Without a doubt, he’s a very special athlete, one that only seems to come along every so many years,” Sherando coach Pepper Martin said of Entsminger in a recent interview. “He’s an athlete that not only performs under pressure but seems to thrive in pressure situations.”
Entsminger, who was recently named The Northern Virginia Daily’s Baseball Player of the Year for a second straight year, batted .408 (29-for-71) this season.
He also had an area-best four home runs, nine doubles, three triples, 24 RBIs, 26 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
The Warriors won the Group AA state title last year, but lost a lot seniors to graduation, and were not expected by many to make it back to the state tournament this past season.
The Warriors went 16-8, losing in the Group 4A state semifinals to eventual champion Hanover.
Entsminger said in a recent interview that he was very happy with how the baseball team did this season.
“We started off a little rough at the start of the season, I was kind of a little iffy about how the season was going to go,” Entsminger said. “I thought it was going to be a rough season, but we pulled through, and we surprised the whole state I think.”
Smallwood, who is playing in the VHSCA All-Star game this week in Lynchburg, batted .354 (23-for-65) for the Warriors.
He also had four doubles, 16 RBIs, 23 runs scored and five stolen bases.
Smallwood also played a key role on the pitching staff. The senior went 5-2 on the mound with a 1.89 ERA. He had 28 strikeouts in 37 innings and also had one save.
Entsminger will attend Lamar University next year and play football, and possibly baseball. Smallwood will attend Shepherd University and play baseball next year.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or firstname.lastname@example.org Follow on Twitter @tkeelernvd
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