Grove, Keesee highlight IVC All-Stars

Grove, Keesee highlight IVC All-Stars

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Grove, Keesee highlight IVC All-Stars

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Ridgewood graduate C.J. Grove had an excellent season on the baseball diamond in leading the Generals to an Inter-Valley Conference title and their second regional final berth in school history.

His success was honored after being named player of the year by the IVC in its Spring Sports All-Stars release.

Grove batted .476 with 10 doubles, four triples, scored 27 runs and had 31 RBI. He also went 5-3 on the mound with a 2.69 ERA to go with 54 strikeouts in 43 innings.

“C.J. was a great leader for us and was very solid defensively as well as on the mound,” Ridgewood coach Chad Lahna said. “He is going to be a hard person to replace next year.”

Also on the first team was graduate Zak Keesee. He had a .357 average with eight doubles, scored 24 times and added 30 RBI. Keesee went 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA and had 28 strikeouts in 61 innings on the mound.

Keesee also received a $500 scholarship from the conference and will play baseball at David and Elkins.

Senior-to-be Ryan Lowe was a second-team honoree after hitting .375 with nine doubles, one triple, 25 runs scored and 30 RBI. He also had some success on the mound, going 5-2 with a 1.63 ERA.

Graduate Dillion McPherson was named honorable mention. He hit .268 with four doubles, one triple, 23 runs scored and 10 RBI.

Lahna was named coach of the year after leading the Generals to a 20-10 mark and a share of the conference title.

“It’s a nice award, but obviously it is a team sport,” Lahna said. “It was the kids collectively who got me that award.”

In softball, graduate Taylor Zinkon was a first-team selection and senior-to-be Erica Olinger was named to the second team. Jasmine Pelfrey was an honorable mention selection.

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