LaValley helps keep Blue Wahoos in playoff mix

Gavin LaValley has gone through the ups and downs of a baseball season. He’s had stretches where the hits have been hard to come by, like in late July and early August when he managed only five hits in 13 games. Since then, he’s been back on track.

The 2014 fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds and Pensacola Blue Wahoos first baseman entered the final week of August on an eight-game hitting streak.

“Things have been going better as of late,” LaValley said. “I’m just trying to finish strong.”

Baseball is a grind and a game of failure. LaValley said he’s leaned on his faith to pull him through the tough moments of a long minor league season.

“I trust my stuff and trust in God,” LaValley said. “I pray a lot. And there is a verse that says cast all of your anxieties and worries on Him.”

Read the full article in the Aug. 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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