Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 18, 2014

College briefs: Lambert burning for Flames

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD —  Tazewell product Trey Lambert continues to enjoy a stellar

senior campaign for the Liberty University baseball team. The 6-foot-4 Lambert has posted an 8-1 record with a 2.27 ERA in nine appearances, all in a starting role, for the Flames. He has struck out 39 and walked just 10 in 63 1/3 innings for Liberty, which is currently 29-9 on the season. Lambert, who graduated from Tazewell in 2009, is 16-4 in three seasons for Liberty. He has hopes of becoming the fourth Tazewell product to be selected in the Major League Amateur Draft. The others were Jack Compton, Billy Wagner and Zak Wasilewski.


The Richlands’ brother duo of Bradley (left) and Reece Strong continue to produce at Western Carolina. Brad, like Reece, a two-sport standout for the Blue Tornado, has started all 36 games for Western Carolina (24-12), batting .338 with three home runs, 32 RBIs, 11 doubles, 43 runs scored and four stolen bases. Reece, below, has played in 32 games, starting 14, batting .233 with nine RBIs and nine runs scored.

 Tazewell product Katelyn Mitchell is having a fine senior campaign at Virginia Intermont, hitting three home runs and 19 RBIs for the Cobras’ softball team. Mitchell also had six doubles and 11 runs scored for the 36-14 Cobras. The financially scrapped Bristol, Virginia school has announced plans to drop athletics after this season and could even be forced to close the school, according to media reports.

 Concord senior Joey Miller continues to swing a hot bat for the Mountain Lions (26-12), batting .385 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He also has 11 doubles, 31 runs scored and no errors in first base. The Lions are currently in third place in the Mountain East Conference.

 Bluefield College senior Zac Russell-Myers is one of eight starters batting over .300 for the Rams (29-12). Russell-Myers is batting .348 with nine home runs, 35 RBIs, 11 doubles and 46 runs scored. He is also 4-4 with a 4.70 ERA on the mound. The Rams will conclude its home this weekend against Cumberland.

 Chris Akers, who played football at Graham High School, has been hired as the football coach at Rural Retreat. The 33-year-old Akers, who played for Glynn Carlock at Graham, had most recently been an assistant at William Fleming in Roanoke.