Danley wins Surry’s first-ever Gold Glove Award
In an offseason full of awards for Surry Community College’s baseball team, Ethan Danley has made history as the first Surry player ever to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
A sophomore second baseman from nearby Surry Central High School, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award designates Danley as the best fielder at his position among all 90-plus NJCAA Division III schools. Earlier in June, Surry’s John Marion became the third consecutive SCC baseball player to be named Region X Player of the Year and the Knights’ fourth All-American baseball player in the past three seasons.
“This is a pretty big honor,” Surry head baseball coach Tim Collins said. “It’s not like All-American where there are three teams. There is only one team for the Gold Glove Award and he was the second basemen chosen out of all of Division III.”
Starting at second base for Surry’s third consecutive Region X regular-season championship team, Danley made just two errors in 104 attempts in 2019. In all, Danley committed just five errors during his entire two seasons with the Knights.
“He has really soft hands and has great footwork, but the thing with Ethan, he anticipates where the ball is going before it is even hit. He was taught at an early age by (long-time Surry Central and SCC assistant) Roy Vernon on reading the ball out of the pitcher’s hand and then you watch what the catcher is doing,” Collins said. “As the catcher starts moving his mitt, Ethan will start moving. He is already in motion before the pitch gets to strike zone.”
Collins said Danley’s golden fielding skills were on full display in the Region X Tournament this year, something that stood out to four-year college scouts.
“He has great anticipation and these are not routine balls. He gets to balls that most people don’t get to,” Collins said. “He made two plays in our tournament and there were two college coaches there. The comment was they couldn’t believe he even got to the ball, much less made the play.”
A second-team All-Region X selection, Danley also had a great year at the plate for Surry in 2019. He finished third on the team with 31 hits and six doubles. He batted .333 for the season, drawing 15 walks and driving in 16 runs.
“It’s a big honor. I was pretty excited,” Danley said of the Gold Glove Award. “It’s just a great honor to be awarded something like this coming from such a small town.”
Danley credits Vernon and Matt Scott, his head coach at Surry Central, with helping him hone his defensive craft. Danley will continue his college baseball career beginning this fall at Limestone College. He will be joined at the Gaffney, S.C. school with long-time teammate Michael Roberts, who played alongside Danley at Surry Central and SCC.
“We’re good friends and we’ve played together for a long time,” Danley said. “We played against each other in Little League and when we got older, we played together. It’s going to be exciting.”
The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams are released by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods. The Rawlings Gold Glove winners have been selected since 2007 featuring many future Major League Baseball players.
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