The Rockingham County Baseball League has long served as a landing spot for Bridgewater College players, some looking to refine their skills for the upcoming college season while others simply want to continue playing the game at a competitive level.
This season the Eagles swept the RCBL’s major awards with former BC player Jay Thompson capturing the top honor by being named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
Thompson, a 2012 graduate, led the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks to a second-place finish in the regular-season standings. He hit for a .421 average with three homers and 22 RBIs. Thompson played stellar defense at third and also made six appearances on the mound.
Two current BC pitchers took home the other top awards as Corey Armentrout was named the Pitcher of the Year and Kyle Henshaw was selected as the RCBL Rookie of the Year.
Armentrout emerged as the ace of the Clover Hill Bucks, the perennial power in the RCBL. The rising sophomore at BC posted a 6-0 record with a 1.12 ERA. He averaged 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Henshaw finished with a 3-0 record for the Bridgewater Reds to go along with a 2.25 ERA. Two of Henshaw’s victories were complete-game shutouts. He tossed a no-hitter against the Broadway Bruins during the regular season and then blanked Clover Hill in the RCBL playoffs.
All three Eagles are still in action in the league playoffs.
Armentrout is expected to take the hill tonight when the Bucks host the Reds in the deciding game of their best-of-5 semifinal series. Another BC standout, right-hander Robert Gallet, is the probable starter for the Reds.
Thompson will lead the D-Backs in Game 4 of their series tonight at Montezuma where Stuarts Draft holds a 2-1 series lead. Montezuma is led by current BC outfielder Johnny Mason along with former Eagles’ pitcher Nolan Shaffer.
- Steve Cox, Associate Director of Athletic Media Relations