Fletcher named Baseball Player of the Year
Middlesex High baseball standout Jake Fletcher is the Tidewater District Player of the Year for 2009.
Fletcher led the Chargers in several statistics. He batted .510 with 25 hits, including 6 doubles, 2 triples and 4 home runs. He had 12 RBIs, 9 stolen bases and 20 runs.
Fletcher was chosen first team All-District as a pitcher and as a shortstop. He was 3-1 on the mound with 1 save. He recorded an ERA of 2.07, and had 35 strikeouts and 10 walks for a 3.5:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Fletcher also was selected to play in the Virginia High School League All-Star Game in July at Christopher Newport University. He is one of only four players from a Group A school selected to play for the East Team. Two others include Johnny Thomas of Essex High and Tyler Webb of the Eastern Shore District.
Also making first team All-District for the Chargers was sophomore catcher Chuckie Morris and junior outfielder Keith Whitley. Morris was second only to Fletcher in Charger stats with a .419 batting average, 11 RBIs, 9 runs, 2 doubles, and 1 home run. Whitley batted .333 with 2 doubles and a home run. He also was a standout pitcher.
Chargers on second team All-District included junior third baseman Mason Goodrich and sophomore outfielder Harley Moore. Goodrich batted .318 with 3 home runs, 10 RBIs, 8 runs and 2 doubles. Moore batted .306 with a double, 3 RBIs and 7 runs.
Middlesex coach Tim Blake said that although first baseman Michael Eades was not named All District, he batted .382, with a home run and a double.
Middlesex players who made the All-Academic Team included Eades, Scott Payne, Goodrich and Moore.
Players from other teams who fill out the first team All-District squad include pitcher Joseph Akers of King William; first baseman Kyle Davis, West Point; second baseman Justin Shields, King William; third baseman Aaron White, Mathews; outfielders Chad Inscoe, Colonial Beach, and Chris Davis, Mathews.
Also on first team are utility player Kevin Swope of Colonial Beach and designated hitter Stuart Sheffield of West Point.
Coach of the Year was Jay Blanton of King William.
West Point received the Sportsmanship Award.
Other players on the second team include pitchers Mark McGehee of King William and Kevin Swope of Colonial Beach; catcher Austin Mundy, King William; first baseman Brock Kelly, King William; second baseman Ross Haynes, West Point; shortstop T.T. Carey, Colonial Beach; outfielders Josh Belfield and Hunter Faulkner, King William; utility player Ben Parker, King William; and designated hitter Ross McLaughlin, Mathews.