Valley baseball pro Everidge player of month for Lancaster
Glen Ellen’s Tommy Everidge, who plays professional independent-league baseball for Pennsylvania’s Lancaster Barnstormers, was named the Atlantic League's player of the month for August on Tuesday.
Everidge – a 2001 Sonoma Valley High School graduate and former Dragon star prep player and collegiate All-American at Sonoma State University – batted .394 with seven homers and 36 RBIs in Lancaster’s 27 games in the month.
Currently, Everidge leads the Atlantic League with 27 homers, a new franchise record, has 88 RBIs and is fifth in the league in batting with a .323 mark, including 36 doubles, which is also a club record for the first-half champion Barnstormers.
Everidge, 28, came to Lancaster as a free agent prior to the 2011 season. The product of Sonoma State University hit 20 or more minor league home runs in four consecutive seasons from 2006-09 and added two more in 24 games at the big league level during the 2009 season. Those home runs came
After playing for the team that drafted him, the Oakland A’s – notably hitting home runs off Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia and Royals closer Joakim Soria – Everidge played in the Houston and Seattle organizations.
“The guy’s having an MVP year, setting records here,” said manager Butch Hobson. “He’s a fan favorite and certainly deserving of this league honor.”