The Winston-Salem State Rams finished their 2016 baseball season at (31-22) and they missed out on the post-season play for the first time in five years, but there was no lack of effort or success on the part of freshman Randy Norris(Dudley HS) and with the work he turned in this season, the Rams like what he brings to table and they feel with Randy in the Rams’ lineup, the table is set for the next three years, with Randy ready for the long/good road ahead…
from Craig T. Greenlee with the Winston-Salem Chronicle:www.wschronicle.com
The Rams figure to be prime factors again in Division II with the emergence of Randy Norris. The freshman second baseman who played high school ball at Greensboro Dudley, had a superlative season in his first college campaign.
Norris, 6-2, 210, made the CIAA’s All-Tournament team and was second team All-CIAA. Given his production as a rookie – .351 batting average with 5 home runs and 35 RBIs – there doesn’t seem to be any ceiling on how much more he can achieve as a collegian.
It didn’t take Norris long to make a favorable impression on Ritsche in WSSU’s season-opening series against Millersville, who was ranked No. 1 in Division II at that time. Playing second base for the first time in his career, Norris turned five double plays during that three-game set.
“Randy was overlooked by a lot of the smaller Division I schools when he came out of high school,” said coach Kevin Ritsche. “And he was a surprise to most people, including us.
“With his size and speed, he can play at first or second, or anywhere in the outfield. I’d have to say that he was our most consistent bat this season. Randy hits with power to all fields and he doesn’t chase pitches.”
Read more from Craig T. Greenlee and from this WS Chronicle post when you CLICK HERE and there’s a good photo of Randy on here too….