PGHS’ Peterson, Walton to play for Central Region team
By DANIEL PARKER
Jul 20, 2017, 11:05
Royals Michael Peterson, the fastest player on the Central Region team.
Jonathan Walton throws a pitch during the Royals 2017 State Championship game.
You are lucky to see a college recruit at a high school baseball game, but on July 14 to the 16 the feeding frenzy for college scouts will be at Liberty University for the Virginia Commonwealth Baseball Games with two Prince George High School players on the Central Region Team.
The Virginia Commonwealth Games are 26 years old and have four teams from each region in Virginia: North, East, West and Central.
What brings these college recruits armed with radar guns for pitches to analyze every movement on the field; it’s the opportunity to see 64 players at one event.
The Central Region Team spans from the Richmond area to Fluvanna and stretches down south to the North Carolina border.
Every year they contact every Coach in the area and ask them which player is worthy to compete. They start with around 45 to 48 of the cream of the crop at the high school level for a tryout, after that they choose 16.
Michael Peterson and Jonathan Walton, two Prince George Royals baseball players that went to the State Championships this year will be playing.
Tevin Tucker was also selected on the team, but will not be able to play at the game.
It’s not sufficient to be a knockout pitcher; they are looking for a jack of all trades.
Jonathon Walton, Royals Pitcher, fits the bill.
“He is a typical example of what you want to take he’s an above average pitcher on the high school level, he swings a good bat and he’s a good 1st baseman,” said Central Region Coach Bill Pelot.
Michael Peterson is the fastest runner on the team of all-stars.
Peterson beat out the other candidates at the 60 yard spread, making him a pressure cooker for the opposing team’s defense.
“He’s got good arm strength in the outfield, good range and he’s a threat when he gets on base,” said Coach Bill Pelot. “Both Peterson and Tucker were threats on base; they could turn a single into a double by stealing a base.”
Through the course of the 2017 season, Peterson had stolen 18 bases and had 19 RBIs. Walton pitched for 40.1 innings over the season, with three earned runs against him and had 34 strike outs.
The first game will be held at the Liberty University Baseball Field in Lynchburg at 6 p.m. tonight, July 14.