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Former Lion honored for college play

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

Former LCHS baseball player John Chiles has earned Top 30 Players recognition at University of Mary Washington. Submitted photo

Former Louisa baseball star John Chiles has been named to the prestigious list of Top 30 Players for the University of Mary Washington.

Chiles said he is very thankful for his retired high school baseball coach, Bill Pelot, and retired college coach, Tom Sheridan, with aiding him in his baseball career.

Chiles was accepted into University of Mary Washington, played baseball for the college and graduated in 2003 with a major in Environmental Science.

During college, Chiles accomplished in a single season the most hits and homeruns. He also went to All Conference and the NCAA Tournament and became a CAC Champion in 2003.

Chiles, now living in Gordonsville with his wife and his two children, graduated from Louisa County High School in 1999 as an exceptional student and athlete.

Playing JV and varsity baseball for the high school, Chiles  showed that perseverance and commitment pays off.

Pelot, who has since retired but is still very much involved and actively volunteering with coaching, said that Chiles strived to be the best he could possibly be.

“John worked hard and it paid off and I’m very proud,” Pelot said.

Pelot coached Chiles from his freshman year to his senior year with his teams making many championships.

When asked how it felt to be named to the list of Top 30 Players, Chiles responded saying it’s rewarding.

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 14 edition of The Central Virginian.