Gavin Felty came to Emory & Henry with a chip on his shoulder and he could back it up at John S. Battle High School. From Bristol, VA, he is in his second year for the Wasps and he started making a difference his first-year season. Felty was third for pitchers with 33 strikeouts, averaged and led the team with an ERA of 3.29, and led the team with five wins as a pitcher. In addition, he added two hits, two runs, and two RBI’s.
Felty has already had an impact on the Wasps this year as well. After two starts Felty currently is 1-1, has 11 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.80.
Since his sophomore year playing high school varsity baseball, being a stud was and understatement for Felty. Through three seasons, he pitched an average ERA of 2.05, 136.2 innings pitched, 149 strikeouts, an opponent batting average of .188, and seven complete games. While this was in high school, he hasn’t struggled in transitioning to the college level, staring eight games as a first-year, with five wins and one loss.
Off to a good start in his sophomore season, his first-year season will be hard to beat.
Continuing this season, Felty and the Wasps head to Ferrum College on Wednesday, March 8. Emory & Henry looks to even their record against the Panthers.
Felty is also recently engaged to his high school sweethear. When asked on why he chose E&H, it was due to the fact that “ Coach McCall is a great coach, but he also grooms his players on how to be men as well, which is not something you can always find in every coach.
Looking forward, E&H will be in good hands with Felty with two years of eligibility left after this season.
In addition to his pitching, Felty will also contribute with his fielding and hitting during the next years hoping to move the Wasps up the preseason polls of the ODAC conference to number one.
– Mossi Tager