W&L Baseball Claims Four All-State Selections

W&L Baseball Claims Four All-State Selections

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors announced its 2017 College Division All-State Baseball Team on Tuesday morning and Washington and Lee had four players tabbed to the first or second team.

Senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) and sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) were both named to the first team, while senior starting pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and sophomore relief pitcher Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) were each named to the second team. 

Weston earned his first career all-state accolade after being named a First Team All-ODAC and Third Team All-South Region selection earlier this spring.  He played in 37 games and finished the year second on the team in batting average at .338. He was tied for fifth in the ODAC in doubles (14), 11th in total bases (82), seventh in slugging percentage (.547) and 13th in home runs (4). He also had three triples, 27 RBI, five steals and 32 runs on the year.

Feeley also garnered his first all-state citation after receiving First Team All-ODAC laurels in 2017.  He played in all 42 games and led the team in hitting with a .371 batting average.  He collected 66 hits, which rank second all-time for a season at W&L, and he also added 39 runs, which are tied for seventh in program history.  Feeley also pounded out 13 doubles and knocked in 26 runs, with 24 walks and three stolen bases.  In the field, he produced a .952 fielding percentage with a team-best 127 assists.

Concklin garnered second team honors after being tabbed to the first team a year ago.  A two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, he started 14 games in 2017 and posted a 7-4 record with a 3.00 ERA in 87.0 innings pitched.  He scattered 84 hits and produced 56 strikeouts with just 17 walks.  A Second Team All-American in 2016, Concklin finished his career with the lowest ERA in program history (2.18).  He also placed third in innings pitched (260.1) and wins (22), and was fifth in career strikeouts (177).

Devereux was a second team all-state pick for the second straight season after garnering First Team All-ODAC honors this spring.  He finished second in the ODAC in wins (8-1), third in ERA (2.33), fourth in saves (5) and third in appearances (21). He also had 46 strikeouts in 58.0 innings pitched.

Devereux set the program career saves mark this year and now has 13 in his two seasons. The previous record was 10 held by Cory Smith '15. The five saves he notched this year are tied for the third-most in a single season. His eight victories are also tied for the second-most in a single season with six other players.

In his two seasons, Devereux has a 2.23 ERA in 93.0 innings pitched and a 12-3 record. The 2.23 ERA is currently the third-best mark in program history.

Randolph-Macon junior outfielder Cole Migliorini was selected as the VaSID Player of the Year, while Shenandoah junior pitcher Colin Morse was tabbed the VaSID Pitcher of the Year.  Virginia Wesleyan pitcher Patrick Monteverde earned the VaSID Rookie of the Year Award and Roanoke's Matt McGuire was named the VaSID Coach of the Year.

The Generals finished the 2017 season with a 28-14 overall record and a 16-4 mark in the ODAC. W&L advanced to the ODAC title game for the first time since 2009, falling to Roanoke, 4-3.

The 28 wins tied the program's single-season record for victories. The 2003 squad finished its year with a 28-8 mark. The Blue & White set a new home wins record this season, ending the year 17-4 at Cap'n Dick Smith Field. The previous mark was 16-4 set by the 2016 team.

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