SU roundup: Central grad Herbaugh among baseball recruits
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WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University head baseball coach Kevin Anderson announced his program’s 2014-15 recruiting class on Tuesday.
Anderson, who has led the Hornets into the NCAA tournament in five of the past six seasons, is bringing in 17 newcomers into his program for the 2015 season.
These 17 will join an expect 50 returnees from the 2014 team that was the No. 1 seed at both the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament and the Demorest Regional.
“The staff — assistant coaches Bruce Cameron, David Jenkins and Phil Betterly — did an outstanding job of identifying these student-athletes,” Anderson stated in a news release.
“Everybody in our program, including our current players, is involved in the recruiting process. We feel that these 17 young men are going to fit in nicely with the student-athletes currently in the program and are ready to reach their academic and athletic goals here at Shenandoah.”
The 17 players represent four different states, including 11 from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Leading this group is local player Mattison Hendershot, who helped Millbrook H.S. reach the state title game this past spring. Central graduate Zach Herbaugh is also among the in-state contingent.
Hendershot’s sister, Kaitlyn Hendershot, has been a member of the SU softball team the past two seasons.
Mattison Hendershot was an All-Conference and All-Region first baseman for the Pioneers in 2014.
Three of the remaining six newcomers hail from Maryland.
FOREST –Â The Shenandoah men’s soccer team is the pre-season No. 12 selection of the ODAC coaches in poll results announced Tuesday.
The Hornets, under the direction of fourth year coach Corbin Sutton, have 16 points in the poll to come one point back of No. 11 Emory and Henry.
Virginia Wesleyan, which grabbed eight of a possible 11 first-place votes, is the pre-season favorite with 115 points.
Lynchburg is second with 105 points while Roanoke, Randolph College and Washington and Lee each garnered at least one first-place vote in rounding out the top five.
Voting was done on an 11-1 basis with coaches unable to vote for their own teams in the poll.
Shenandoah opens its 2014 season on Aug. 29 versus Wesley in the opening round of the Cabrini tournament.