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Tucker testing mettle with Staunton Braves / June 21, 2017
Longwood sophomore and former Bluestone shortstop Antwaun Tucker is playing summer ball for the Staunton Braves.

Staunton, a collegiate summer team, won the 2015 Valley Baseball League’s South Division pennant but had a tough 2016 campaign, finishing fourth last season with a 15-27 record. The team was defeated by Waynesboro twice in the postseason quarterfinals to end the 2016 season.

Currently Staunton is 5-7 in the South Division, 3.5 games behind Charlottesville, who are 9-4 and in first in the division.

Tucker was primarily an outfielder for the Longwood this season but also saw some time at shortstop, a position he played while at Bluestone.

Staunton said Tucker could also line up at shortstop for them. “The speedster is fourth in the nation with triples (seven) and is 14-for-16 on stolen bases.”

Tucker was Rookie of the Week twice in the Big South Conference this season. For Staunton, Tucker shows no sign of letting up. So far he has a .302 batting average, playing in 11 games and taking 43 at-bats.

He’s scored 11 runs and had 13 hits, with two doubles and a triple. Tucker also has three RBIs, has drawn six walks and stolen eight bases.

As for his fielding skills, Tucker has played in 95.2 innings, the most of any Brave. He has 12 put-outs and 21 assists with three errors, for a fielding average of .917.

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