Dailey earns dual district accolades

Published 6:01 pm Thursday, June 14, 2018

Prince Edward County High School’s varsity baseball team navigated a crowded field of talented competition in the James River District (JRD) both on the playing field and in the selection process for all-district awards. Sophomore standout Isaih Dailey emerged as the Eagles’ lone all-district representative, making the first team as an outfielder and the second team as a pitcher.

He was one of only three sophomores to draw recognition among the 28 selections made to form the first and second teams.

Prince Edward Head Coach Brandon Kenny noted that Dailey led his team with 17 runs scored and a .446 on-base percentage.

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Dailey was second on his team with 10 RBIs, he had a .353 batting average, 18 hits, including five doubles, five strikeouts and three walks. He also had 11 stolen bases.

“He went 3-2 on the mound in the regular season, pitched well enough to really win five games,” Kenny said. “… He also won both of our postseason games.”

The Eagles finished with a 13-9 overall record, having advanced as far as the Region 2A tournament semifinals.

For his pitching during the regular season, Dailey produced a 2.49 earned run average.

In 37 innings, he threw 37 strikeouts and allowed 27 walks, “which was improvement,” Kenny said. “Last year he was about even. The walks were down this year, which was a goal … He definitely wanted to throw more strikes this year.”

The coach hopes Dailey will have some teammates on the all-district roster next year.

“Overall, when it’s nine teams, it’s tough to get everybody you want on the JRD team,” Kenny said. “We have seven guys returning that’ll start next year, so hopefully if we can go out and build on what we did this year, I think we can have a couple more guys on that team next year.”