On Campus Notebook: Rutherford finishes baseball career on high note

Chaz Rutherford (Skyline ’13) finished his college baseball career off strong at Bluefield State College.

Rutherford had a .288 batting average (30-for-104). Rutherford scored 15 runs, had two doubles, one triple and seven RBIs for the Big Blues. He also made six appearances on the mound. He pitched five innings and struck out four.

On April 30, Rutherford went 2-for-3 in a 14-3 loss to West Virginia Tech. On May 15, Rutherford was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a walk in a 10-4 victory over Central Penn College.

The Big Blues went 13-34 on the season before losing in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

MAKING AN IMPACT: Danville Community College had a solid season, and three Strasburg graduates played a role in the team’s success.

Noah St. Clair (Strasburg ’15) batted a team-best .419 (39-for-93). He led the team with 46 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 29 games played. He had 10 doubles, two triples and 19 RBIs.

Nate Butler (Strasburg ’16) played in 43 games and had a .324 batting average (47-for-145). He finished with 35 runs scored, 12 doubles, one triple and one home run. He also had six stolen bases.

Garrett Richards (Strasburg ’15) led the team with a 10-1 record on the mound and a 2.24 ERA. Richards struck out 102 batters, with just 28 walks in 76.1 innings of work. He made 18 appearances.

St. Clair went a combined 5-for-10 with seven RBIs and six runs scored in a three-game span from April 30-May 6. He also had a combined four walks and one stolen base during the stretch.

Butler went a combined 2-for-6 with three runs scored in a doubleheader against Surry Community College, located in Dobson, North Carolina on May 15.

On May 13, Richards picked up a 2-0 win over Rockingham Community College, located in Wentworth, North Carolina. Richards, who will be playing for the second straight year for the Strasburg Express this summer, threw a complete game and struck out four.

Danville Community College finished its season at 30-16 and lost in its conference tournament.

IMPRESSIVE NIGHT: Adam Whitacre (Sherando ’15) had a monster game for Radford University’s baseball team on May 18.

Whitacre went 3-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run and two runs scored in a 3-1 victory over Winthrop University.

He had three of the Highlanders seven total hits. Whitacre also stole a base in the victory.

Not only did Whitacre have a solid night at the plate, but the centerfielder also made a diving game-ending catch in the ninth inning to save two runs from scoring.

For the season Whitacre is batting .268 (48-for-179) with two homers, 31 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, 14 RBIs with nine stolen bases. He has also drawn a team-best 22 walks. He has started in 48 games.

The Highlanders are 23-30, including 11-13 in the Big South Conference. They will be the fifth seed in the Big South Conference Tournament, which starts today in Lexington, South Carolina.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com