By Ryan Decker
A pair of position players and two pitchers from this season’s Crushers roster have been announced as 2017 Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League All-Stars.
Pitchers Myles Levy and Chris Isaac, along with infielders Josh Hollifield and Max Barrios will represent Charlotte at the All-Star game at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” Hollifield said. “Makes me feel proud that all the hard work pays off and it’s very cool seeing my teammates on it as well because they’ve worked just as hard through this part of the season.”
Hollifield, a third baseman from the Virginia Military Institute, ranks in the top 10 in the CVCL in batting average, and top 15 in hits and OPS.
He also ranks in the top 2 on the Crushers in a number of statistical categories, including hits, runs, runs batted in, and average.
Hollifield has tallied 10 multi-hit games and had an eight-game hitting streak earlier this season.
Barrios has been heating up as of late, going 5-for-8 over his last three games. The middle infielder from Bethany College has collected five multi-hit games.
He ranks third on the Crushers in average and has swiped five bags this year.
“It feels great because I came back from an injury this past year,” Barrios said. “I’m excited to just be hitting well. It’s the last thing I expected.”
Barrios said the injury he suffered – a broken wrist last year – was a “blessing and a curse”. According to him, it now only bothers him on bad swings, which he says reminds him to stop taking bad swings.
Isaac is the youngest of the four Crushers to earn an All-Star nomination.
The Monroe, NC native owns a 2-2 record with one save in 23.2 innings on the mound. He has only given up five runs on 16 hits this year. His 1.53 ERA is the best on the Crushers, and his 19 strikeouts are third-best on the Charlotte pitching staff.
Isaac pitched a complete game against the Virginia Marlins in his most recent start, tossing 7 innings of shutout baseball, while striking out seven in a 2-0 victory for the Crushers.
He has pitched at least 5 innings in all of his three starts and has thrown multiple innings each time on the mound.
“It feels really good,” Isaac said. “I’ve been working my way to get to this level. It’s an honor.”
When asked about the possibility of pitching in the game, he said, “It’s great to be able to pitch against the best of the best in the league.”
Levy, a rising senior at Rhode Island College, has a 4-2 record with one save.
He has logged the second-most innings on the Crushers and ranks second on Charlotte in strikeouts.
Levy, who started the season winning his first three decisions, has pitched a pair of noteworthy games. In his first start with the Crushers, Levy pitched seven complete innings in a 2-1 win over the Roanoke Rails, and then nearly a month later, pitched eight dominant innings against Kernersville in a 7-1 victory.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be named an All-Star in this league,” Levy said. “I am gracious toward my coaches at Rhode Island College and Coach Thomas Eaton for providing the opportunity to play this summer. I would also like to thank the Crushers team, for my success derives from their performance and it has been better than I could ask of them.”
The CVCL All-Star game is scheduled for Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the Lenoir Rhyne University baseball field in Hickory, NC.
Stay up to date on the Crushers all season long by visiting the team’s website.