Connor Reeves, a Bel Air resident and recent Salisbury University graduate, had a senior baseball season for the Sea Gulls that he and many others won’t soon forget.
The 6-1, 200-pound right hander put together a season that led to 20 appearances and 12 starts. He posted a 14-3 record, breaking the Salisbury and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) record for single-season wins, and leading the nation in that category.
Reeves also led the nation in WHIP (walks and hits allowed per inning) with a 0.73 mark, ranked fourth in strikeouts with 113, and seventh with a 1.19 ERA during his stellar senior season. Reeves threw 120 and two-third innings, with six complete games and three shutouts.
“Goals were really to make an impact on younger players, I didn’t really expect to have the year that I did,” Reeves said. “I definitely made individual goals for myself, to make first team all conference and really to just leave my mark on the program.”
Leave his mark? Reeves did so and more. Once the season finished, the awards rolled in.
The organization D3baseball.com released its 2018 All-South Region team in late May. Starting pitcher Reeves was named to the First Team and named South Region Pitcher of the Year.
In the same week, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings released its 2018 All-Region teams. Headlining the First Team was Reeves, who again was named the South Region Pitcher of the Year.
D3baseball also named Reeves as a First Team All-America and again, Pitcher of the Year.
Then in June, more honors continued to roll in for Reeves. He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association's National Division III Pitcher of the Year, the first player in Salisbury program history to earn the award.
“I’d say the ABCA Pitcher of the Year was pretty awesome because all coaches nominated,” Reeves said of the awards. “It’s pretty cool to have the respect from all those coaches.”
Reeves, a 2014 graduate of John Carroll, got his start at a very young age. “I started playing when I was five years old, maybe even younger, I just loved the sport,” Reeves said.
Playing for the Bel Air Braves, Reeves played in the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen. He also played youth baseball with the Arena Starz.
After a year at Bel Air, Reeves made the move to John Carroll. “John Carroll, it was kind of funny, I was an infielder. I played shortstop and second. In my senior year, I actually tore my MCL in my knee and I really didn’t get to play half the year,” Reeves said.
The it was a year at Harford Community College, that really changed his baseball future.
“My freshman year I was at Harford Community College and I was a middle infielder, so I got a couple at bats. Then they switched me over to be a pitcher,” Reeves said.
At Salisbury it came together. “Everything kind of added up, I guess you could say. All the experiences that I had, luckily I had a lot of good teammates in the past that led me the right way,” Reeves said. “So, everything seemed to come together pitching wise and I finally hit my stride.”
Off the field at Salisbury, Reeves majored in Public Relations, Journalism and minored in Marketing Management. He earned a Communications and Arts degree.
With college baseball behind him Reeves says he did try out for an Independent League team in California, but it didn’t work out.
“So, right now I’m not really using my major, too much, I’m actually working for Ripken Baseball up in Aberdeen. Kind of like sports management. I’ve been up there for the past couple of years and now I am kind of taking on more of a full time role,” Reeves said. “Teaching campers, directing tournaments and there’s a lot of clinics, so I’ll teach some kids in that.”