Stevenson to Play for Rapids

Written by Chris Pendleton and Sean Dahlin 

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Junior shortstop Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) today was selected to play in the Valley Baseball League—an NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league—as a member of the Rockbridge Rapids in the summer of 2013.

Stevenson will be joining Southern Virginia teammate Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.), who was tabbed to play for the Rapids in January.

"I've coached Mitch [Stevenson] for three years and have seen what he can do on the diamond," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "He will be competing against top-notch players from across the country and will represent our university well along with Tyler [King]." 

Through the first 18 contests of the 2013 season, Stevenson is having a banner season leading Southern Virginia at the plate in batting average (.500), slugging percentage (.767), on-base percentage (.551), hits (30), doubles (9) and triples (2) while ranking second in RBI (18) and home runs (1). 

Additionally, Stevenson just ended a 20-game hitting streak lasting from Apr. 14, 2012, until Mar. 15, 2013. 

In his third year as a Knight, Stevenson currently ranks third on the all-time career list in doubles (32) and fifth in batting average (.386) and runs batted-in (73). 

"I'm excited to play this summer for the Rapids in a great collegiate league along with my teammate Tyler [King]," said Stevenson. "I'll be looking forward to competing and enjoying the experience." 

Stevenson will be playing for the Rockbridge Rapids, a team based out of Lexington, Va., that plays its home games at Washington and Lee University's The New Cap'n Dick Smith Field. 

The Valley Baseball League, formed in 1923, is a collegiate summer baseball league comprised of scholar-athletes from the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and NAIA levels, and has been a wood-bat league since 1993. A member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, the league has produced more than 1,000 professional baseball players. 

The league consists of 12 teams in three conferences. Each team plays a 44-game schedule from early June through early August. 

"Mitch [Stevenson] is having a great season and deserves to play in the Valley League," said Mann. "I hope that we'll continue to send our scholar-athletes to the Valley League in the future."