WEST JEFFERSON — Senior pitcher Joseph Lowder was recently named regional player of the week by USA Baseball and MaxPreps.
Lowder was one of eight regional pitchers across the country honored by MaxPreps and USA Baseball for the week of April 4-10.
Lowder tossed a no-hitter and struck out 16 batters that week on the road at Elkin.
On the season, Lowder is 5-2 with a 1.65 earned run average and has struck out 82 hitters in 42 and a third innings on the mound. The senior has given up only two extra base hits on the season (one double and one triple).
Lowder and Hunter Stewart from Blue Ridge High School in Cashiers, North Carolina were chosen from the Mid-Atlantic region for their stellar play. Stewart scored six runs, knocked in seven more and walked six times to go with five hits.
During that week, Lowder was in some elite company for being honored with the award. Standout pitcher Jason Groome from Barnagat High School struck out 19 batters and threw a no-hitter in New Jersey. Groome is widely considered the top prospect for the 2016 MLB Draft coming up in June and could be selected number one overall by the Philadelphia Phillies.
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