Liberty Christian senior left-handed pitcher Christian Gordon spent Wednesday morning practicing with his teammates for Friday’s Class 4 semifinal against Lafayette at Salem Memorial Stadium.
His day got even better near the conclusion of the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Gordon was selected with the 1,144th overall pick in the 38th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, making the 18-year-old Lynchburg native the only area high schooler drafted this year.
“It truly is an honor,” Gordon said in a text message.
Gordon already has signed with Liberty University, and he said he and his family will weigh his options about whether he will go to college or sign a professional contract once negotiations begin with the Pirates.
“It’s all about the opportunity to make it this early,” he said.
Gordon has been the Bulldogs’ ace this season with a 0.73 ERA in 67 innings pitched.
He has not allowed an earned run in nine of 12 his starts.
LU redshirt junior Andrew McInvale was the third Flame to be drafted when he was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 1,107th overall selection in the 37th round. He was the Flames’ Friday starter the entire season and posted a 10-3 record with a 3.41 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched.
The right-hander has one season of eligibility remaining.
Evan Brabrand and Jonathan Embry were selected in the ninth and 10th rounds, respectively, Tuesday.
Damien Sordelett covers Liberty University athletics and local golf for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5550.