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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Former Saratoga Phillie up for Brooks Wallace Award

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Former Saratoga Phillie up for Brooks Wallace Award

Former Saratoga Phillies outfielder, Chris Dove from Elon College has been named as one of 224 baseball collegiate athletes on the annual award's "Watch List."

Chris Dove was a key component in Saratoga's 2006 run to the NYCBL championship. Dove was one of three outfielders selected first-team All-NYCBL in 2006.

The Brooks Wallace Award is awarded annually to the country’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction festivities.

Last year’s award went to Vanderbilt pitcher David Price, who was the first overall selection in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In 2007, his first season at Elon University, the 6-foot 175-pound right hander stole a team-high 31 bases on 40 attempts and batted .333 (third on team) with two home runs and 30 RBI. He also connected for a college-best eight triples.

Over the summer, Dove played for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League where he batted .238 in 54 games. He scored 22 runs with 36 hits for two doubles and 13 RBI. He also stole 22 bases for the second-half North Division champions.

“We could not be more excited for Chis," Saratoga Phillies managing partner Keith Rogers said. "This is a tremendous honor for him. There is no doubt in my mind that Chris will have a long career in professional baseball. He is gifted with extraordinary baseball skills but even more impressive is type of person he is.
"He is the type of kid that you would want your son or daughter to grow up and emulate," Rogers said. "Without a doubt, one of the most humble and classy kids I have ever been around”.

The award is named after former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 27 in 1985.

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