Whiteland graduate Ashton Perritt was named the Most Valuable Player in the Big South baseball tournament after leading the Flames in hitting and pitching on their way to the championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament.
Liberty, the No. 5 seed, lost its first game 6-3 to Radford but then won five straight games, four of them one-run decisions, to claim the title.
As a pitcher, Perritt recorded saves in all four one-run wins, pitching 5-1/3 innings and giving up three hits, no walks and no earned runs, while striking out 10. For the season he has a 3-1 pitching record with nine saves, a 1.35 ERA and an opponents’ batting average of .171.