Indians eliminated, but Peck named Player of Year

Published 12:58 pm Saturday, May 30, 2015

One game after pounding the favored Park View Dragons, 11-0, in South Hill, the Southampton Indians were unable to pull their second straight upset in the Colonial Rivers Conference 25 Tournament against Lafayette. The second-seeded Rams won, 8-4, sending the Indians home with a 12-7 record this season.

Not all was lost for the Indians, despite being eliminated in the second round of the tournament, as star pitcher Hunter Peck was named the TriRivers District Player of the Year.

The senior hurler was 2-1 on the season, striking out 42 batters in 28 innings pitched. Oppponents hit only .219 against Peck, whose team-leading 2.75 ERA was good for 60th among all high school pitchers in the state. Peck, who was named first team all-district, as well, also earned a save against Surry. He will be attending Ferrum College next year.

Several other Indians were named to the all-district third team, including third baseman Wesley Pierce, catcher Morgan Hall and outfielder James Williams. Pierce hit .435 with one home run, six doubles and 17 RBIs on the year. Hall hit .375 with 15 hits and 7 RBIs. Williams — who was also named first team designated hitter for his play at the plate — hit .359, stole 12 bases and recorded 9 RBIs.