PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College's Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) was named the most valuable player at last week's Great Lakes Collegiate Summer Collegiate League All-Star game, leading the Red All-Stars to a 8-7 in the wood bat league's midseason showcase in Cincinnati.
The rising junior, who played shortstop, third base and second base in the game, had two hits and drove in three runs for the Red All-Stars and was selected as the game's top performer by the 30 Major League Baseball scouts in attendance.
Rua had a two-run double in the third inning and then tied the game with an RBI single in fifth. The Red All-Stars eventually took the lead in the sixth and held on for the victory.
"The whole event was a lot of fun, with the workout in front of the pro scouts before the game, the experience of the game itself, plus having my family there made it special," Rua said. "There are a lot of great players in this league and to be selected as the top performer in the all-star game is one of my biggest baseball accomplishments and a big thing not just for me personally, but for the Lake Erie baseball program as well."
Lake Erie's single-season and career home run record holder, Rua was named to the All-Star Game after batting .333 with a home run and 16 RBI for the Hamilton Joes during the first half of the season. The Joes are currently 19-10 and in second place. Storm teammate Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) has appeared in 15 games as a catcher for the Joes.
Rua and Lovick are two of 22 current Storm players competing in wood bat leagues this summer.
As a sophomore, Rua was named to the ABCA Midwest Region Second Team after batting .400 with a school-record 11 home runs and 40 RBI. His 22 career long balls are the most by any player in school history.
Founded in 1989 and funded in part by Major League Baseball, the Great Lakes League is regarded as the top summer wood-bat league in the Midwest and a preferred destination for some of the nation's premier college players. Over 70 players who spent time in the Great Lakes League have reached the majors, including recent MLB All-Star Nick Swisher and former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge.