Gray McCurry Named To Top Newcomers List



Mountain Heritage High School alum, Gray McCurry has been named to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division II, Top Newcomers To Watch list. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper is known as the ‘’voice of  amateur baseball.’’ McCurry transferred this fall, after spending a year at Catawba Valley, a junior college in Hickory, North Carolina. He will play his final three years of college baseball at Mars Hill University.

Gray was a highly touted player for the Redhawks of Catawba Valley in 2016, being named as one of the top incoming freshmen at the JUCO level. A series of injuries, including a  concussion, cut his season short. However, he did appear in twenty-five games, either starting at shortstop or second base. He was solid at the plate with an on-base percentage of .342 in 69 at bats and was three for three in stolen bases. In conference play, he hit a solid .286 while striking out only six times.

It was in the field where McCurry really shined. As a middle infielder, he committed only three  errors in sixty-nine total chances. He recorded thirty-six assists and thirty putouts, while making ten double plays. His sparkling play helped Catawba Valley finish only a game away from an opportunity to go to the JUCO World Series in Enid, Oklahoma.

Gray spent this past summer playing baseball for Haywood County (NC) Legion Post 47. He was the shortstop and captain of the defending Area IV champions. McCurry batted a shade under .500 and made some remarkable plays in the field. After that, he traveled to Derby,  Kansas and played shortstop for the Derby Twins of the Jayhawk League, which is one of the better known summer collegiate wood bat leagues in the country. He started seventeen of the team’s final eighteen games, finishing third on the team in homeruns and triples. His glove helped shore up the left side of the Twin’s infield.

Mars Hill opens their 2017 season, at home, on Wednesday, February 1st vs. Limestone. Mars Hill had a successful season last year with thirty victories under coach Aaron Rembert.

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