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Perritt Named a Great Lakes All-Star, Leads League in Hitting
Liberty's Ashton Perritt was named a Great Lakes Summer League All-Star and leads the league in hitting heading into the circuit's playoffs this week.
Perritt, playing in the outfield for the Licking County Settlers, was selected to the North All-Star team. The rising junior finished the Great Lakes League regular season with a loop-leading .355 batting average. In 27 games, the outfielder collected 37 hits, while scoring 23 runs and driving in 14. He also added 12 stolen bases. His runs scored and RBI total were second in the league.
During the summer league's regular season, Perritt helped lead the Settlers to a 24-16 record, tying for second place in the Great Lakes standings. The league opens its playoffs tomorrow.
Perritt had a breakout season in 2013 for the Flames. After starting the year as a relief pitcher, the sophomore made his first start in the outfield in game one of the doubleheader with Longwood on March 30 and quickly became a fixture in the Liberty outfield as well. The utility player was voted the 2013 Big South Tournament MVP and later, was named to the VaSID All-State team.
During Liberty's run to their first Big South title since 2000, Perritt hit .400 with two home runs as an outfielder and did not allow a run in four appearances as a pitcher, recording four saves. In the title game vs. Campbell, Perritt drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and then pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to secure the Big South crown for the Flames. Besides being named the tournament's MVP, he was selected as the utility player on the All-Tournament team as well.
In 40 games, Perritt hit .343 with 34 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. The Liberty leadoff hitter also hit six home runs. He posted 20 multiple-hit games, including seven three-hit games, and scored two or more runs in nine contests.
On the mound, the Whiteland, Ind. native went 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA and 10 saves over 38 2/3 innings. His 10 saves rank second on Liberty's all-time single season list.