Former SU Outfielder Ballew is winner of National Gold Glove Award
In conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association, Rawlings has named former Southern Union outfielder Adam Ballew of Oxford as a 2013 Gold Glove Award winner. This award is given for outstanding defensive play.
Ballew, a 2011 graduate of Oxford High School, was a 2-year starter in center field for Southern Union and batted second in the order. His batting average his sophomore year was .395 and he stole 21 bases. The most impressive statistic, and the reason Ballew won this award, was his fielding percentage of 1.000 in 116 chances. This means that he had 116 balls hit to him to make a play on and never committed an error.
Southern Union’s head baseball coach, Joe Jordan, had nothing but praise for Ballew. “Adam had great speed and also got a great jump on the ball in the outfield. This enabled him to cover a lot of territory out there. He was a tireless worker and an excellent leader on the team and he was a big reason we won the Central Division Championship. There’s no one more deserving of this award than Adam Ballew”.
Ballew now attends the University of South Alabama, where he is a member of the USA baseball team.