The Louisa County High School varsity baseball team was well represented at the Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University in Lynchburg July 15-17.
Pitcher John Reynolds Jr. and second baseman Cale Agee were the Louisa all-stars selected to the event.
The Commonwealth Games are is all-star tournament that puts the best high school players of the state on four region-based teams. Typically, rising seniors compete in the event.
Two players per school are allowed to compete in the event.
Agee was named first team all-state at the 4A level after the most recent season, and Reynolds made second team all-region 4A East.
It was Reynolds’ second appearance in the tournament. He played in it last year with then teammate Jake Talley.
The tournament is a hot spot for college scouts in the region, plus a few professional scouts.
“It’s good baseball, that’s for sure,” Reynolds said.
Both Louisa players were on the Central team’s roster––a team featuring the best players in Central Virginia.
Central was coached by legendary Louisa coach Bill Pelot, head baseball coach for the Lions when they won the 1990 state title.
This year marked the 26th running of the Commonwealth Games and Pelot has coached in it since its inception.
Some of the best baseball players of the region have played under Pelot in the event, including Detroit Tigers’ pitcher and 2011 Most Valuable Player Justin Verlander, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson and Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, who Pelot said has “gone to the evil sport, football.”
“I follow those kids in their senior season and then if I have an opportunity, I try to follow them and go see a game when they play in college baseball,” Pelot said.
In pool play, the Central team went 2-1, beating East 10-3 and West 5-1, but falling to North 7-1.
To read the entire story, see the July 21 edition of The Central Virginian.