Joseph Rutherford (Warren County ’17) is not playing for an NCAA baseball team, but he is still playing for a Division 1 school.
Rutherford is playing for Virginia Tech’s club team and has helped guide the Hokies to the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament in the National Club Baseball Association.
The tournament starts today in Martinsville. Virginia Tech, the No. 4 seed, plays against top-seeded Ohio State and East Carolina University plays the University of Maryland.
The winner of the four-team tournament advances to the NCBA World Series. Virginia Tech is one of 32 teams left in the tournament. The NCBA World Series will be held on May 25-31 in Holly Springs, North Carolina.
Rutherford, who plays left field and is the lead-off hitter, leads the Hokies with a .507 batting average. He has two homers, 24 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases this season.
The Hokies finished second in the Mid-Atlantic North, behind Maryland. Virginia Tech is 14-8 overall and 11-4 in the conference.
There are 138 club baseball teams in the country.
READY FOR POSTSEASON: Shepherd University will play in the Mountain East Conference Tournament this weekend in Beckley, West Virginia. Shepherd won the MEC North Division title for the third straight year.
The Rams have several local athletes that are playing a role in the team’s success. Reid Entsminger (Sherando ’14) is hitting .278 (22-for-79). He has one homer, one triple, seven doubles and 15 RBIs this season.
Entsminger has scored 25 runs and is 8-for-8 in stolen bases. He has started 27 games and played in 33.
On May 6, Entsminger went 2-for-3 with a run scored in an 8-2 win over Fairmont State.
Adam Miller (Sherando ’17) has played a role as a pitcher for the Rams. He has a 4-2 record and has made a team-best 17 appearances. Miller has made seven starts.
Miller has 34 strikeouts, third-best on the team. He pitched six innings in the 8-2 win against Fairmont State on May 6. He had six strikeouts and no walks and picked up the victory on the mound.
Shepherd is 34-13 on the season and was 27-5 in the MEC in the regular season. They were 13-2 at home. The Rams have won seven straight games and have won 17 of their last 18 games.
Shepherd head coach Matt McCarty (Sherando ’05) was named MEC Coach of the Year. He also recently picked up his 200th career victory as head coach at Shepherd.