Local baseball star Berkley Hawkins headed to VMI

Berkley Hawkins, a 2010 graduate of Trinity Episcopal, will continue his college career at Virginia Military Institute. Although recruited as a catcher, Hawkins will play behind senior Alex Haitsuka, who is considered a professional prospect. The Keydet’s covet Hawkins’ bat and may move him to third base while he waits his turn behind the plate.

The son of Chris and Michelle Hawkins¸ Hawkins played his last two seasons for coach Sam Mickens at Trinity after beginning his high school career at L.C. Bird. Hawkins is the grandson of former area standout Monty Hawkins. On his position as a catcher, the younger Hawkins said: “My dad has always been my role model behind the plate. At the big league level, I love watching Yadier Molina of the Cardinals. He is all about defense.”

A two-time, first team all-VISAA performer, Hawkins hit .500 as a junior shortstop and followed that up with a .480 average as a senior catcher. He was recognized as a second team all-metro performer this spring.

Hawkins is enjoying a month at home after a summer stint at VMI. He completed a three-credit freshman English course while engaging in a strenuous physical training program while in Lexington. Most of the freshman athletes were on campus this summer and Hawkins was thankful to make many friends among his future classmates. Although he admits to being “a bit scared” about the coming experience on the rat line, Hawkins is confident that his decision to attend VMI will yield positive outcomes.

“The team is getting better and better,” he said. “They have had a couple guys drafted in recent years and have a couple good prospects on the team now. We have 10 really strong freshmen coming in this fall.”

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