Undefeated Baseball Has a Senior Night Test Against Louisa


Credit: Brian O'Dea

After having no season last year the baseball team is 3-0 and looking to improve on that record. Tonight will be their fourth home game of five for the whole season.

Brian O'Dea, Managing Editor

With a strong crop of juniors, the baseball team has had a perfect start to the season and will have to prove they belong at the top of the Jefferson District standings. Tonight they play an undefeated Louisa squad on Senior night.

The team will be celebrating three seniors- outfielder Trevor Vernon, catcher Jacob Lively, and catcher Kevin Sukovich. Vernon and Lively will both be headed to Patrick Henry Community College next fall to play there.

Junior Joey Burch will be on the mound again after being the opening day starter in an 11-4 win against Monticello two weeks, and also after an exciting game last Thursday against Fluvanna.

In his first pitch of the game, he gave a grand slam in the fourth inning but settled in and pitched 2 1/3 innings. Then, in the bottom of the seventh junior James Meenan hit a triple to set up every baseball players’ dream. Burch stepped up to the plate and delivered a walk-off single driving in Meenan and winning the game. 

“It felt really good,” Burch said, “there’s no better feeling than being able to come up clutch for my team like that.”

Meenan is part of a talented defensive infield that includes the quick junior Isaac Sumpter, and sophomore Brandon Thomas up the middle with Sumpter at shortstop.  As well as junior Michael Holzwarth manning first. 

Going from left to right the outfield is junior Luke Craytor, junior Andrew Barrese, and Vernon with the big arm in right. 

On the offensive side big-hitting sophomore Ben Winslow will be designated hitter again. He has a triple, two singles, and has been walked three times on the season. He threw three scoreless innings against Monticello while striking out six, so he is also a threat on the mound. 

The game will start at 6:30 at the Western baseball field behind Brownsville Elementary. Tickets, which are required, are $6.  Fans can buy them via the Ticket Spicket app.