The EMU Diamond Royals had four standout players recognized on this year’s All-ODAC teams.
Jaylon Lee (Newport News, Va./Denbigh) was selected to the All-ODAC first team outfield after another stellar year at the plate and in the field. Lee adds the award to a vast collection of accolades, this selection being his second to an All-ODAC team after being selected to the third team in 2019.
Lee has been a force in the Royals’ lineup all season, grabbing the selection after boasting a .379 clip at the plate with seven home runs after the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. He was the top run producer for EMU throughout the year thus far, collecting a total of 28 RBIs.
In the field, Lee was perfect on the season, containing a 1.000 fielding percentage in center.
In the decisive third game of the quarterfinals, Lee hit a clutch home run in the fifth to help boost the Royals and move forward in the ODAC tournament.
The senior was also selected as Royals Athlete of the Week during the year after his tear against Washington and Lee where he banged two home runs and collected eight RBIs in a single game.
At the shortstop position, Brett Lindsay (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) nabbed the second-team selection after his impressive year. This is the senior’s second selection to the team, after being selected his freshman year.
The shortstop was a staple in the lineup for the Royals in the third spot, collecting 26 RBIs in 22 games played. He has hit for a .375 average with a home run. He went 4-5 with three RBIs in the second game of the ODAC quarterfinals to help force the decisive rubber-match.
The Diamond Royals’ right fielder, Jordan Jones (Saxe, Va./Randolph Henry), also grabbed an All-ODAC selection, his being to the third team. This is the junior’s second All-ODAC selection, after being selected to the second team in 2019.
From the leadoff spot for the Royals, Jones has hit .333 with three doubles, while scoring 23 runs. On the base paths, the outfielder has been a nuisance for opposing batteries, collecting 16 stolen bases on the year so far. The junior also has a .986 fielding percentage
In an impressive offensive performance against cross-town rival Bridgewater, Jones went 2-4, scoring three runs en route to a 16-7 win over the Eagles early in the season.
John Judy (Shanks, W.V./Hampshire) added his first All-ODAC selection to his list of accolades, being selected to the third team as a utility player.
The senior, who took advantage of the NCAA ruling to allow players an extra year of eligibility, came back to help the Royals make a name for themselves in the ODAC and provided quality innings on the mound and performances at the plate.
Judy spent the year as one of the Royals’ go-to starters on the mound, accounting for 34.2 total innings pitched with six starts. The right-hander collected 30 strikeouts on the year to boast a 7.79 K/9.
Judy threw a complete game at Emory & Henry to earn an important win for the Royals, collecting seven strikeouts in the contest.
At the plate, Judy has hit for a .289 clip with four doubles and eight RBIs.
The four look to help the Royals continue their historic run. After defeating top-seeded Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinals, EMU heads to Winchester this weekend to take on the Hornets of Shenandoah University in the semifinals.