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Liberty Baseball Lands Another Stellar Class

November 17, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Head Baseball Coach Jim Toman

Liberty Head Baseball Coach Jim Toman

Liberty Head Baseball Coach Jim Toman has announced the signing of 12 student-athletes in the November early signing period.  The Flames baseball program, which competed in the NCAA Regionals in 2013 and 2014 and has had 22 players drafted in the last five years, has added another stellar class led by All-Americans Alex Kirilloff and Khalil Lee. 

"We are extremely excited about this group of incoming student-athletes," said Toman.  "Not only are they great baseball players, but they exemplify the values and the mission that we are committed to at Liberty University.  Our assistant coaches--Jason Murray, Garrett Quinn, and Blake Hunt-- have done a great job adding to our talent pool," added Toman.

Alex Kirilloff, OF/LHP, Plum High School, Pittsburgh, Pa.:  Kirilloff is currently ranked as the eighth top prospect in the nation by Perfect Game.  As a junior, he batted .500 with six home runs and 30 RBI.  He also posted a 5-1 record on the mound with a 1.55 ERA.  The two-way standout earned all-area and AAAA WPIAL Player of the Year honors. A Perfect Game All-American, Kirilloff won the Perfect Game All-American Classic Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif.  He also was selected to participate in the East Coast Professional Showcase in Tampa, Fla. and the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.

Khalil Lee, LHP/OF, Flint Hill High School, Centreville, Va.:  Lee, a star two-way player at Flint Hill High School, is ranked the 42nd ranked prospect in the nation by Perfect Game. This past year, the Dean's List student batted .384, while helping Flint Hill post an 18-6 overall record. Lee was selected to all-conference and all-state first teams. He was selected to participate in the East Coast Professional Showcase in Tampa, Fla., where he impressed on the mound and in center field. The Commonwealth product also was selected to participate in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. and the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego, Calif. In addition, Lee helped lead the EvoShield Canes to the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla.

Hunter Gore, C, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, Va.:  The 6-3, physical catcher is ranked among the Top 500 Prospects nationally and is the No. 1 ranked catcher in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Perfect Game. In 2015, Gore batted .397 with four home runs and 29 RBI.  The catcher earned all-conference honors and was selected to participate in the Prep Baseball Report Top Prospect Games, this past season.  He also helped lead Loudoun Valley High School to back-to-back appearances in the Virginia 3A State Championship, winning the title in 2014.

Cameron Locklear, INF, Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville, N.C.: A polished, high-energy middle infield defender, Locklear is ranked in the Top 500 Prospects by Perfect Game.  The North Carolina product has been ranked as the top shortstop in the state.  A four-year starter at Jack Britt High School, Locklear hit .340 as a junior and earned first team all-conference honors as both a sophomore and junior.  In 2015, he posted a .453 on-base percentage and stole 18 bases. Locklear was chosen to represent Region 4 in the Powerade State Games in 2014 and 2015.

Colby Bruce, RHP, South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, N.C.:  At 6-6, the lanky right-hander is listed in the Top 1000 Prospects by Perfect Game.  During his high school career, Bruce has posted an impressive 15-1 record on the mound.  As a junior, he posted a perfect 7-0 mark with a 2.10 ERA.  The right-hander earned all-conference honors and was selected to the Region 6 Powerade State Games team.  He is also an honor roll student.

Blake Brady, C/1B, J.L. Mann High School, Greenville, S.C.:  Perfect Game ranks Brady among the Top 500 Prospects nationally and as the No. 1 catching prospect in South Carolina. In 2015, he hit .360 with 21 RBI for J.L. Mann High School, helping the Patroits to the Region, District, and Upper State Championships.  Brady earned all-state honors as a junior and also earned all-region honors for three consecutive years. The catcher is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Ben Highfill, INF, Apex High School, Apex, N.C.:  An infielder with good range, Highfill is ranked in the Top 1000 Prospects by Perfect Game. He has started at the varsity level since his freshman year and has hit over .400 the past two seasons.  In 2015, he batted .471 with 18 doubles, three home runs and 27 RBI, earning first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year.  The infielder was also chosen to participate in the Dynamic Baseball South Atlantic Border Battle and to represent Region 3 in the Powerade State Games.  An outstanding student, Highfill has earned academic all-conference honors for three straight years.

Casey Williams, RHP, Greenbrier Christian Academy, Suffolk, Va.:  A 6-5 right-hander, Williams is ranked among the Top 1000 Prospects by Perfect Game. This past spring, Williams posted eight wins and a 1.37 ERA for state champion Greenbrier Christian Academy, while holding opposing hitters to a .198 batting average.  The Virginia native was selected first team all-conference and all-state. Williams also served as captain of the varsity basketball team.

Trey McDyre, INF, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, Va.:  McDyre is another signee ranked among the Top 1000 Prospects by Perfect Game.  He helped lead Loudoun Valley to back-to-back appearances in the state finals in 2014 and 2015, winning the title in 2014.  McDyre was named first team all-county and all-conference and served as team captain his junior year.  The three-sport star is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Torey DeMare, 1B, Divine Child High School, Dearborn, Mich.:  A big first baseman with power potential, DeMare hit .314 for Divine Child High School, this past year.  He collected nine doubles, five triples, and three home runs, while driving in 32 runs.  In addition, the Michigan native showed a good eye at the plate, walking 35 times. DeMare earned all-league, all-district, and all-region honors.  He is also an excellent student earning all-academic honors in 2015. 

Christopher Jones, OF, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg, Va.:  Jones, an athletic outfielder from Jamestown High School, hit .531 with 14 RBI and 13 stolen bases, this past spring.  He helped lead Jamestown to its first ever Bay Rivers baseball title. A leader on and off the field, Jones earned his school's Academic Excellence Award for 2015.

Matt Allen, C, Santa Fe College, Jacksonville, Fla.:  Allen started in 37 games for Sante Fe Community College in 2015.  The catcher helped the Saints post a 31-12 overall record, leading his team batting .382 with 11 doubles and 38 RBI.  He also proved to be a very valuable defender behind the plate.  Allen made only one error and had a .996 fielding percentage in 2015.  The Sunshine state native threw out 30 percent of would-be base stealers on his way to being selected to participate in the Florida Junior College All Star Game.  As a high school senior, Allen was chosen first team all-conference and Conference Player of the Year.  He also represented Creekside High School in the FACA All Star Game.