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Hunter Thomas, a Georgia Southern baseball player playing summer ball in the Valley Baseball League, is batting .385 so far. Georgia Southern University. (click for larger version)
July 09, 2014JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Staunton Braves outfielder Hunter Thomas (Georgia Southern University) shared honors as the Valley Baseball League D-BAT Player of the Week for the week of June 9-15.
Thomas, an outfielder from Johns Creek, came alive that week, hitting .462 in three games with a .588 on-base percentage and a .923 slugging average.
In 13 at-bats, he had six hits, including a double, a triple, a homerun, two walks, two HBP and four runs scored. He also had two stolen bases. This season, the junior from Johns Creek is hitting .385 in six games played.
The Valley League plays a 44-game season in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The wooden-bat collegiate summer league, which dates from 1923, is sanctioned by the NCAA, funded in part by a grant with Major League Baseball and affiliated with the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball.
Valley League has produced well over 1,000 professional baseball players. Last year, 27 Valley League alumni were playing in the Major Leagues. In the 2014 MLB draft, 48 former players, including one current player, were drafted.