Six H.S. Baseball Players Up for Bellamy Award

From the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame:The 23rd annual Ray Bellamy Memorial Award will be presented to one of six young baseball players prior to the Salem Red Sox game against the Lynchburg Hillcats on Wednesday, August 6, at Salem's LewisGale Field.The Bellamy Award was initiated in 1992 to honor the top high school baseball player in the area served by the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame. Six finalists, nominated by their coaches, have been chosen by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors, with the winner to be announced prior to the Sox game. The six finalists are Daniel Brammer of Northside, Matt Doughty of North Cross, Dean Hermanson of William Byrd, Robert Mischianti of Salem, J.D. Mundy of Northside and Hayes Nelson of Hidden Valley.The award was named in honor of the late Ray Bellamy, a long-time sports enthusiast and supporter in the Roanoke Valley. Previous winners of the award are as follows: 1992 Josh Herman-William Byrd; '93 Kelly Dampeer-Northside; '94 Jason Anderson-Glenvar; '95 Chad Foutz-Franklin County; '96 Gray Hodges-Franklin County; '97 Larry Bowles, Jr.-Franklin County; '98 Bobby Basham-Franklin County; '99 Matt McGuire-William Byrd; 2000 Nick Jones-William Byrd; '01 Tyler Lumsden-Cave Spring; '02 Daniel Tanner-Jefferson Forest; '03 Nate Parks-Glenvar; '04 Bobby West-Blacksburg; '05 Alan Moore-Cave Spring; '06 Nathan Furry-Salem; '07 Lefty Flora-Northside; '08 Mikey O'Brien-Hidden Valley; '09 Thomas Kuhlman-Hidden Valley; '10 Eric Heiligenstadt-Jefferson Forest; '11 Tyler Duke-James River; '12 Dylan Powers-Lord Botetourt; and '13 Ryan Lauria-Hidden Valley.Also, it has been announced that Dustin Booth of William Byrd has been named to receive the Posey Oyler Baseball Scholarship from the Hall of Fame. The award honors the late Oyler, a founding member of the Hall of Fame and the first president of the organization. The award goes to a player showing dedication to the game who will be attending a college to play baseball. Boothe will play for Ferrum College in the coming school year.The Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 and honors players and contributors from the counties of Roanoke, Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin and Montgomery and the independent cities located within the boundaries of those counties. The Hall of Fame building is located on the grounds of the James E. Taliaferro Complex, next to the Salem Red Sox administrative office behind th