Hanover County product James Walsh makes pro pitching debut

The following comes directly from Randolph-Macon College:

ASHLAND, Va. – Former Randolph-Macon left-hander James Walsh (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) has signed a contract with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Walsh was dominant on the mound for the Yellow Jackets in 2016. He was named to the D3baseball.com All-America First Team, the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America First Team and the HERO Sports All-America team. Walsh was South Region Pitcher of the Year and All-South Region First Team by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com. He was also named Pitcher of the Year in the state of Virginia by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) as well as All-State First Team. The ODAC Pitcher of the Year and an All-ODAC First Team performer, Walsh posted a 10-0 record in 14 starts this season with a 1.98 ERA. He is fourth in the nation with the 10 wins, the top mark in program history. He is also fifth in the country with 14 starts. Walsh has 14 starts and worked 95.1 innings, both first in program history. He struck out 102, the fourth-highest total in the country and second in program history. Beazley fanned 108 for the Yellow Jackets in 2006. Walsh is 14th in the nation with a WHIP of 0.94 and 15th in the country with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.80.

Walsh had his finest collegiate outing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s Mideast Regional on May 18. Walsh tossed a three-hit shutout with a career-high 15 strikeouts as R-MC topped St. Joseph’s (Long Island) 8-0. It was the first NCAA Tournament victory in R-MC baseball history. Walsh did not walk a batter and faced just three over the minimum.

In two regional starts, Walsh worked 15.0 innings with eight hits, one run, two walks and 20 strikeouts. His regional ERA was 0.60 and opponents’ batting average was .154. Walsh was voted onto the Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team.

During his three-year career with the Yellow Jackets, Walsh posted a 20-5 record with an ERA of 2.46. He is third in program history with 20 career wins, fifth with a winning percentage of .800, fourth with 34 starts, and first with 227 strikeouts.

Located in northwest Iowa, Sioux City is 14-15 so far this season, 2.5 games behind first-place Lincoln in the Central Division. The Explorers were 75-25 a season ago, setting league records for wins in a season and winning percentage (.750).


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