Sayer inducted into Hall of Fame
BERRYVILLE -- Third year Berryville High School baseball Coach Matt Sayer was inducted into the Dover High School Hall of Fame May 19 in a ceremony at the school that included four other inductees.
Sayer, who has led the Bobcats to a 23-36 record, was All-Conference his junior and senior seasons at Dover while garnering All-State honors during his senior campaign, tallying an 11-2 record on the mound.
He continued his baseball career at Lyon College in Bateville where he led the Scots in saves and appearances during his 2005 senior season. He was a Transouth Conference Scholar Athlete his final two years and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Athlete his final campaign.
The induction into the Hall of Fame is based on a nomination and brought to vote by a committee. Sayer was nominated by his former prep coach, Jason McGhee.
Sayer focused his attention on the baseball diamond in high school, helping the Pirates to their first state tournament berth since 1989 during his senior season. McGhee introduced Sayer at the ceremony.
"He talked about the year I was a senior when we went to state for the first time since 1989," Sayer said. "So, it was kind of a turnaround year for the program. And I think the fact that I also played four years in college, with moderate success, was one of the reasons (for the nomination)."
Sayer played second and third base while not on the mound and hit in the second slot of the batting order.
"I hit in the two hole and I sac bunted a whole lot," Sayer said. "We had a leadoff hitter that got on almost every time. He would get on, steal second and I would get him to third. We would be up 1-0 almost every game in the first inning."
Sayer spent three years at Green Forest as an assistant baseball coach before transitioning to Berryville. He said he would like to see other schools follow the path of Dover.
"It was a really nice deal," he said. "Every school should do something like that. I was really impressed. The thing that impressed me the most was seeing coaches that didn't coach there anymore come back to introduce their players. I thought was that was very special."